Clinical Medicine MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time)


September 2018

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

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This course is no longer running. Please visit our postgraduate page for alternative options.

Course duration: 12 months full-time


Become a more effective practitioner and researcher by sharpening your clinical and critical thinking skills in the UK NHS environment.
Build the higher-level skills in order to improve standards for your patients and team. Broaden your career opportunities by demonstrating a commitment to your personal and professional development. Challenge accepted practice, suggesting and implementing effective and evidence-based alternatives.

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Full description


You already have a first medical degree, and you’re registered to practice as a doctor in the UK or in your own country. Now you’re looking to achieve a recognised higher qualification which will enhance your career progression and want to learn more about working in the UK NHS environment.

This course will help you to demonstrate a deeper understanding of how to make health care more effective, and so contribute to enhancing your personal and professional development. It’ll help to widen your career opportunities, whatever you seek to do next, by:

  • Developing the effectiveness of your clinical practice
  • Building your leadership abilities
  • Enhancing and evidencing a range of important transferable skills (such as critical thinking, information-handling, ethical/legal analysis, and interpersonal skills).

We have developed this course in partnership with clinicians so that it reflects the demands of modern clinical practice. It also helps to meet continuing professional development (CPD) requirement as laid out by the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC).

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Advanced Medical Skills
    You’ll advance your clinical practical and theoretical skills through observational placements at local NHS hospitals, our state-of-the-art clinical simulation suite and skills laboratory and direct interaction with NHS physicians. You’ll learn how to investigate and resolve complex clinical scenarios and further develop your clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills. You’ll actively take part in preparation and presentation of clinical case studies and workshops. You’ll be assessed via objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and multiple choice questions.
  • Effective Clinical Practice
    Offering you a competitive advantage for your future career development, this module addresses clinical governance, patient safety and quality improvement by examining avoidable error and enabling you to learn more rational approaches to improving patient outcomes in a complex environment. It considers factors contributing to error such as human factors, dysfunctional teamwork, ineffective decision-making and complexity in modern medicine. This module explores risk management and medico-legal jurisprudence, taking into account ethics, leadership, culture, change, training, finance, communication and education in the management of clinical performance. You will learn strategies for the effective auditing and evaluation of healthcare services to identify development needs. Assessment is via a 6,000-word in-depth case study in a subject of your choice.
  • Global Health - Perspectives and Practice
    You’ll explore how global medicine has changed modern clinical thinking, looking at the ethics, politics and economics of global health practice. You’ll consider the effects of practising in challenging environments, examining patient experiences at a micro level and different healthcare systems at a macro level. You’ll look at changing epidemiology and issues around gender, mental health, migration, conflict, human rights and more. You will be assessed via individual or group interactive presentation workshops.
  • Research Studies
    You’ll develop a critical overview of the main research methodologies in health, social work & social care, policy and professional practice. You’ll cover issues of terminology, methodology, process, governance, ethics, validity, objectivity and generalisability. You’ll critique published studies with different research approaches, and write your own research proposal.
  • Major Project
    You’ll demonstrate your ability to synthesise learning from other modules and from there to plan, conduct and write up a research or work-based project. You’ll be expected to raise meaningful questions about your specialty and may even work at the current limits of theoretical and/or research understanding, showing how you can use existing knowledge to develop new approaches.


We use a range of assessment methods to enable both you and the university to check your progress during your studies and then to ensure that you meet the required standards when you complete the course.

Although they vary, our assessment strategies are all carefully designed to challenge you so that you expand your critical and creative thinking as well as your problem-solving skills. The assessments will enable you to demonstrate that you can synthesise existing knowledge and accumulate new knowledge, and will evidence the development of your professional practice.

On this course, your assessment methods will include objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and multiple choice questions; a 6,000-word in-depth case study related to your subject specialty; an annotated PowerPoint; a research proposal; a research report; and data analysis.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Allied Health
  • Medical Science and Public Health

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

Explore our Chelmsford campus

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


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Scholarship for international students

The international fees for this course are £25,000 but a scholarship up to the value of £10,000 may be available to students who fulfill the entry requirements and start the course in September 2016.

To find out if you are eligible for this scholarship, please contact our admissions team.

Please note, this scholarship is not the same as the 10K Masters loan for UK/EU students.

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • the new postgraduate loan
  • applying for our scholarships
  • additional funding options and support.

From September 2018, EU students starting a postgraduate degree with us can access a £600 bursary.

We also offer our £400 Books Plus scheme, which helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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