The Master of Clinical Education by Coursework is a 54-unit program offered by the College of Medicine and Public Health.
This articulated, multi-disciplinary program is designed to provide health professionals with advanced knowledge and skills to deliver clinical education in health service settings. This is an emergent specialty field of education characterised by a symbiotic relationship between the learner, an experienced clinical educator and the health service. This course is suitable for educators in both clinical and academic settings.
The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education and the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education with the sequentially developed topics allowing progression through the three awards. Students who have completed the graduate diploma normally are awarded credit for 36 units of topics towards the Masters. Students who have completed the graduate certificate normally are awarded credit for 18 units of topics towards the Masters.
Applicants who do not hold the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education or the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution and have not less than two years' work experience in a relevant clinical area. However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The course aims to provide health professionals with an understanding of foundational principles of symbiotic clinical education, the ability to demonstrate advanced and applied knowledge and skills in clinical education. Students will also be able to contribute to this specialist body of knowledge by undertaking a piece of educational research.
Graduates of the course are expected to have specialised and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge relating to the theory and pedagogy, research and evidence, and policy and practice of symbiotic clinical education within the health professions, universities and health services.
Graduates of the course are expected to have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills relating to the theory and pedagogy, research and evidence, and policy and practice of symbiotic clinical education within the health professions, universities and health services, and be able to independently:
- critique, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories relating to symbiotic clinical education and its potential as a powerful mechanism for change in health systems, and the educational programs offered across a range of health professions and disciplines;
- apply advanced knowledge and analytical and practical skills in clinical education, evaluation or research
- evaluate existing and innovative learning and teaching pedagogies and practices for the purpose of extending or redefining existing knowledge and promoting new insights regarding clinical education pedagogy, theory and practice
- design, develop, implement clinical education research and disseminate outcomes
- interpret and communicate knowledge, skills, ideas and solutions related to symbiotic clinical education to specialist and non-specialist audiences, including stakeholders within the health professions, universities, health services, governments and community.
Application of knowledge and skills
Graduates of the course are expected to be able to apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate:
- autonomy, expertise, adaptability and responsibility as an educational practitioner and scholar
- capacity to supervise health professionals learning in clinical practice
- expert judgement relating to the theory and pedagogy, research and evidence, and policy and practice of symbiotic clinical education within the health professions, universities and health services.
Program of study
To qualify for the Master of Clinical Education by Coursework, a student must complete 54 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.
40.5 units comprising:
HLED9101 Symbiotic Clinical Education for the Health Professions 1 (4.5 units)
HLED9102 Symbiotic Clinical Education for the Health Professions 2 (4.5 units)
HLED9103 Symbiotic Clinical Education for the Health Professions 3 (4.5 units)
HLED9104 Assessment of Learning for the Health Professions (4.5 units)
HLED9105 Reflective Learning and Teaching (4.5 units)
HLED9106 Leadership & Change for the Health Professions (4.5 units)
HLED9108 Research Skills in Clinical Education (4.5 units)
HLED9113A Research Project in Clinical Education 1 (4.5 units)
HLED9113B Research Project in Clinical Education 2 (4.5 units)
Plus 9 units comprising**:
HLED9107 Curriculum Design for the Health Professions (4.5 units)
HLED9112 Facilitating Interprofessional Learning (4.5 units)
**Plus one 4.5 unit alternative postgraduate level option topic. This must be selected in consultation with the Course Coordinator. The Course Coordinator can advise on topic selection.
**Or up to 13.5 units of alternative postgraduate level option topics selected with the approval of the Course Coordinator, provided topic prerequisites are met.