Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and Medical Award Graduate Diploma
Course Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education
Course Code GD-CLINED
Course Abbreviation GDipClinEd
Partner Faculty Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science (MDHS)
Background The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education is the second step in the Excellence in Clinical Teaching (EXCITE) suite, designed for those who not only teach clinical education, but who are involved in its planning and development. Adopting the learner-centred approach from the Graduate Certificate of Clinical Teaching, this course develops a deeper understanding of the principles behind education and assessment.
Course Description The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education is an opportunity to broaden your skills at an advanced level while demonstrating autonomy and responsibility as a clinical practitioner, educator and learner. Studies focus on research-driven clinical education activities, allowing you to deepen your knowledge in areas of interest or broaden your skills to take on new challenges. You will learn to:
  • Demonstrate advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in clinical education
  • Apply advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to clinical teaching
  • Critically analyse, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of clinical education activities
  • Analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems in clinical education
  • Transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others involved with clinical education at a transitional level.
Who Should Apply The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education is designed for those who manage clinical teaching and/or develop clinical examinations, rather than those who just participate in it. All Australian and international clinical teachers are welcome to apply. The course is not available to students who require a student visa to reside and study in Australia. However, interstate and international participants are able to undertake an intensive coursework option, which means visiting Melbourne three times in a year.
Academic and Teaching Team Ms Jayne Lysk - Subject Coordinator (Pedagogy into Practice), Lecturer in Clinical Education
Mr Neville Chiavaroli - Subject Coordinator (Clinical Assessment and Course Evaluation), Senior Lecturer in Medical Education
Prof Robert O’Brien - Course Coordinator & Subject Coordinator (Clinical Simulation & Clinical Education Modules), Senior Lecturer in Clinical Education
Dr Justin Bilszta - Subject Coordinator (Research into Clinical Education), Senior Lecturer in Clinical Education
Delivery Mode The Graduate Diploma is offered once each year. It is delivered in a semi-intensive mode in Semester 1 and in an intensive mode in Semester 2. The semi-intensive Semester 1 subjects are delivered over two full-days in March and May. The Semester 2 subjects are delivered in one intensive week, with the first two days dedicated to the core subjects and the following three days dedicated to the Clinical Education Modules.

Select either full load delivery, completing the equivalent of two subjects per semester, or half load, completing one subject per semester over two years.
Delivery Venue Teaching delivery for all the above options will be at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus.
Entry Requirements Applicants with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Teaching or Graduate Certificate of University Teaching from The University of Melbourne are eligible to commence the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education with Advanced Standing at Year 2, as may be those with an equivalent qualification in clinical teaching, or medical or health professional education from another university.

Those who have not completed the equivalent of Year 1 must apply to enter the nested program at the Graduate Certificate level. Browse entry requirements for the Graduate Certificate.
How to apply Those who are seeking to enter the Graduate Diploma at the first year of the course, need to complete an application for the Graduate Certificate of Clinical Teaching (Year 1 of the Graduate Diploma). If you have completed a similar award with another institution and are seeking Advanced Standing, you will need to apply for credit of previous study at the time of application.

Those who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching must complete the online form only. No further supporting documentation is required.

Those applying for Advanced Standing must supply the following supporting documentation:
  • Academic transcript OR health practitioner registration certificate from AHPRA
  • Resume, documenting clinical and teaching experience including contact details of a professional referee
  • Proof of citizenship/permanent residency
  • University Course Fee Discount form for fixed-term or ongoing staff or their family members (if applicable)
  • Application for advanced standing form (if applicable)


Applications will open in September 2018 and will close on December 2018 (or once places have filled).  Places are limited.


Applications are completed using an online form (link above) and require applicants to attach supporting documents provided in the application checklist. Please allow 4 weeks for applications to be reviewed.  During busy periods, this can sometimes take a little longer.

Subjects YEAR 1

As per the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching


EDUC90741 Effective Clinical Teaching (12.5 points)

EDUC90742 Effective Clinical Supervision (12.5 points)


EDUC90744 Assessing Clinical Learners (12.5 points)

EDUC90743 Clinical Education in Practice (12.5 points)



EDUC90803 Pedagogy into Practice (12.5 points)
This subject applies the theory learned in the Graduate Certificate of Clinical Teaching, while enhancing your ability to develop and implement a clinical teaching curriculum. It provides a conceptual framework for understanding learning and teaching specific to clinical contexts, while examining how learning can be enhanced from a range of theoretical and evidence-based perspectives.

EDUC90804 Clinical Assessment and Course Evaluation (12.5 points)
This subject considers the similarities and differences involved in judging the performance of clinical learners, while also evaluating the education they receive. Building on the foundation subject Assessing Clinical Learners, this subject goes into greater depth on designing and implementing assessment regimens. It also explores key issues in measuring the quality of health professional education programs and their associated modes of assessment.


EDUC90805 Clinical Simulation (6.25 points)
This subject employs a range of immersive techniques that substitute real clinical experiences with interactive ones to achieve enhanced educational outcomes across a broad range of possibilities. This subject examines the educational underpinnings of effective clinical simulation. You will also learn how to apply clinical simulation in order to promote effective inter-professional teamwork.

EDUC90802 Research into Clinical Education (6.25 points)
This subject allows you to critically analyse the research underpinning your own clinical teaching while evaluating the approach best suited to further your own clinical education research. You will gain a deeper understanding of key principles and concepts in the design of clinical education research, identify key sources of research evidence underpinning clinical education and critically analyse the design and methodology of published research.

EDUC90801 Clinical Education Modules (12.5 points)
The Clinical Education Modules is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore an area of interest in greater depth while remaining within the structure of the Graduate Diploma program. Participants will be asked to choose two modules from a range of module topics offered each year.

The topics offered will vary and are based on currency, interest, and availability. Examples of module topics to be offered may include: Comparative Clinical Education, Gender & Culture in Clinical Education, Promoting Professionalism, Interprofessional Education, Teaching Clinical Reasoning, Clinical Teaching with the Humanities, Course Design and Curriculum Development & Other topics as appropriate.
Assessment Each subject is assessed according to university standards to ensure a quality learning experience. Assessments have been designed with the competing professional and personal commitments of the busy clinician in mind. Further information regarding assessment items can be found via the Course Handbook.
Pathways to Further Study The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education provides a pathway towards completion of the Master of Clinical Education. The Graduate Diploma is the second stage of EXCITE's nested award program. A nested program is a sequence of courses which is followed to obtain the highest available award and which has multiple entry and exit points. This structure allows the flexibility to qualify for the ultimate award or exit at an earlier stage. As a nested program, applicants may enter at Year 1 (Graduate Certificate level) and progress through to Year 2 (Graduate Diploma level) and Year 3 (Master level).
Schedule 2018 Delivery dates
Course Fees

Domestic students (i.e. Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents):

  • $2,975 per 12.5 credit point subject
  • $1,487.5 per 6.5 credit point subject

Students not residing in Australia and Australian temporary or provisional residents:

  • $4,900 per 12.5 credit point subject
  • $2,450 per 6.5 credit point subject

The University of Melbourne offers fixed-term and ongoing staff and their immediate families a discount of up to 25 percent on tuition fees for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching. Completed forms should be uploaded in the supporting documentation section of the online application.

Fee Inclusions Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources and catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea). Students also have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
FEE HELP You may use FEE-HELP to support the payment of fees for this program of study. FEE-HELP is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only. Please check the ATO website for eligibility and further details.
Schedule 2017 Delivery Dates



Credit Points

SEM 1: 19 March & 2 May 2017

Pedagogy into Practice


SEM 1: 20 March & 3 May 2017

Clinical Assessment & Course Evaluation


SEM 2: 14 August 2017

Research in Clinical Education


SEM 2: 15 August 2017

Clinical Simulation


SEM 2: 16-18 August 2017

Clinical Education Modules

Contact Esra Evyapan
Program Coordinator
The University of Melbourne
P: +61 3 8344 2580