Masters in Clinical Education

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and Medical Award Masters
CourseMaster of Clinical Education
Course Code MC-CLINED
Course Abbreviation MClinEd
Partner FacultyMedicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS)
Background The Master of Clinical Education is a research-driven program of part time study for health professionals who are actively involved in the development and delivery of education in their workplace. The final tier of the EXCITE suite aims to train the next generation of academic leaders in the field of clinical education. Building on two years of learning from the Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate, the Master develops a more scholarly engagement with the theory and practice of clinical education. A targeted research project engages a topic in a relevant area of clinical teaching to put skills and knowledge into practice.
Course Description The Master of Clinical Education provides an opportunity for you to develop recognised expertise and gain valuable insight and experience in clinical education theory, practice and research. You will learn to:
  • Formulate evidence-based approaches to transforming and improving clinical teaching and learning
  • Plan effective strategies for developing and managing clinical education teams
  • Drive the implementation of change in an effective and sustainable manner
  • Develop a scholarly grasp of leadership and change management theory
  • Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute research
  • Display advanced skills for a career in Clinical Teaching management, development and leadership.
Who Should Apply The Master of Clinical Education hones existing research and leadership skills to an advanced level to create clinical education leaders. All Australian and international clinical teachers are welcome to apply for the Master of Clinical Education. The course is not available to students who require a student visa to reside and study in Australia. However, the intensive coursework option means that the course is accessible to both interstate and international clinicians.
Academic and teaching team A/Prof Clare Delany - Course Coordinator
Delivery Mode The Master will be offered once each year and is delivered in a semi-intensive workshop format.
Delivery Venue Teaching delivery will be at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus.
Entry Requirements The Master of Clinical Education is the final stage of EXCITE’s nested award program in Clinical Education. 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).
  • Applicants with a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education will be eligible to enter with Advanced Standing at Year 3 of the Master program, as may be those with an equivalent qualification in clinical education, or medical or health professional education from another university.
  • Those who have not completed the equivalent of Year 1 and 2 must apply to enter Master program at the Graduate Certificate level.
How to apply Those who are seeking to enter the Masters at the first year of the course, need to complete an application for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching (stage 1 of the Master of Clinical Education program).

Browse application details here. If you have completed a similar award with another institution and are seeking Advanced Standing, you will need to apply and provide the following supporting documentation.
  • Applications will require 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 staff (if applicable)
  • Application for Advanced Standing form (if applicable) form for staff (if applicable Application dates

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
YEAR 2 As per the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education
Semester 1
EDUC90836 Leadership in Clinical Education
The field of clinical education is rapidly developing in order to meet the ever-changing needs of Australia’s health workforce. This subject addresses the multiple roles of health education leaders to maintain and develop current clinical education curriculums. You will investigate theories and models of leadership in the context of current reforms in education and training. Recognising, responding, managing and leading clinical education in this context, you will develop a scholarly grasp of leadership and change management theory.

EDUC90837 Clinical Education Research Proposal
This subject provides practical support and guidance f or a career-facing research project in your chosen field. It builds on the theoretical research paradigms and methods introduced in the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Education. Applying these skills, you will develop and refine a research question and carry out appropriate research design and methods.

Semester 2
EDUC90838 Research Project in Clinical Education
This project involves a defined research project, culminating in a minor thesis on a topic of practical importance to your clinical education work. You’re encouraged to pursue a topic that is important yet feasible to resolve within the bounds of this project. All preliminary work refining the research question, designing the methodology, reviewing the literature and applying for ethics approval will have been undertaken in the preceding semester. You will present your research findings as a scholarly article as your contribution to the existing body of clinical education literature.
Assessment The research project is your opportunity to conduct a small-scale study and familiarize yourself with the research process in practice from start to finish. A limit of 10,000 words means the project is small scale, amounting to a quality assurance or a pilot project by clinical teaching standards.
Pathways to Further Study The Master of Clinical Education is the final step in the series of Excellence in Clinical Teaching (EXCITE) nested award courses. The Master will enable you to lead others in developing and evaluating educational quality in your organisation. It will also provide a recognised platform of research training from which you could pursue ongoing research at a PhD level.
Course Fees 2018 Fees Domestic Students (i.e. Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents):
  • $2,975 per 12.5 credit point subject
  • $5,950 per 25 credit point subject
Students not residing in Australia and for Australian temporary or provisional residents:
  • $4,900 per 12.5 credit point subject
  • $9,800 per 25 credit point subject

Leadership in Clinical Education

12.5 CP

Clinical Education Research Proposal

12.5 CP

Project in Clinical Education

25 CP

The University of Melbourne offers staff and their immediate families a discount of up to 25 percent on tuition fees for the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education. 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 HELPFEE-HELP is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Schedule2018 Delivery Dates
Contact Us Esra Evyapan
Program Coordinator
The University of Melbourne
P: +61 3 8344 2580