The Master of Clinical Education by Research is a 54-unit program offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

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 topics in the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education with some sequentially developed topics allowing progression through to the masters by research.

Admission requirements

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 Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature

Course aims

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 significant piece of educational research.

Learning outcomes

Students who complete the program of study can expect to be able to

  • demonstrate skills and knowledge in the theory, policy and practice of clinical education within health services
  • demonstrate an understanding of the symbiotic nature of clinical education for the health professions, universities and health services
  • understand the potential of clinical education as a powerful mechanism for change in health systems
  • demonstrate ability to supervise health professionals learning in clinical practice
  • develop and implement analytical and practical skills in educational methodologies
  • critically analyse educational programs offered to health professionals
  • expand upon advanced knowledge and skills through educational research
  • demonstrate extensive knowledge of pedagogy using an array of innovative learning and teaching methods explored while conducting their significant piece of educational research
  • Successful completion of this pathway will lead Clinical Education students to a PhD

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Clinical Education by Research, 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.

Core topics


 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)
 HLED9108  Research Skills in Clinical Education  (4.5 units)

Plus a 36 unit thesis:

 HLED9114  Clinical Education Thesis (36 Units)