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Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education

Course Code: GD-CLINED


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.

This course takes the Graduate Certificate's learner centered approach and adds levels of flexibility and complexity providing you with a deeper understanding of the principles behind education and assessment.

Studies ensure a research-driven focus, allowing you to extend your knowledge in areas of interest or broaden your skills to take on new challenges.

Who is this course for?

The Graduate Diploma is designed as the next step for those who do the teaching as well as providing a pathway towards a career in clinical education.

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.

Pathways to further study

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education provides a pathway towards completion of the Master in Clinical Education.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma is offered once each year.  Semester 1 subjects are split into two days of intensive teaching. Semester 2 subjects are completed over a week long intensive program.

Select either full load delivery, completing two subjects per semester, or half load, completing one subject per semester over two years.


Year 1

Year 1 subjects are completed as per the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching. Browse subject information for Year 1.

Year 2

Semester 1
EDUC90803 Pedagogy into Practice

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.

The role of the clinical teacher will be investigated for effective student learning and relationship building. Strong linkages to the clinical environment will be established along with opportunities for self-evaluation.

EDUC90804 Clinical Assessment and Course Evaluation
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.
Semester 2
EDUC90805 Clinical Simulation

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 and applies knowledge and skills in an interactive visit to a clinical simulation facility. You will also learn how to apply clinical simulation in order to promote effective inter professional teamwork.

EDUC90802 Research into Clinical Education

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

Choose two of four modules and expand your knowledge in a specialised area:

Module 1: Comparative Clinical Education

This module allows you to explore clinical teaching in select countries, analysing both context and training. You will discuss and reflect on ideas and understanding clinical teachers have in a range of teaching environments and draw international comparisons. This module also gives you the opportunity to gain hands on experience in external institutions.

Module 2: Gender & Culture in Clinical Education

This module increases your awareness of factors that influence relationships between health practitioners, students and patients, and offers solutions on how to create a safe and inclusive teaching environment. You will have the opportunity to investigate current perspectives concerning gender and diversity in clinical teaching, including the challenges and opportunities of working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) learners in a critical examination of equality issues.

Module 3: Promoting Professionalism

This module aims to develop the non-technical skills of your discipline. A well-developed professional persona is vital to successful practice. You will have the opportunity to examine the development of professional identity and propose strategies to assist clinical learners who are struggling to achieve this.

Module 4: Interprofessional Education

This module presents the benefits and challenges of interprofessional education and provides you with an opportunity to develop a meaningful interprofessional learning environment.

Module 5: Teaching Clinical Reasoning

This module will begin by asking participants to work in small groups to identify a common clinical reasoning problem in their field. This will be followed by a brief overview of the theory and literature in the field of clinical reasoning, and links will be drawn between the participants’ experiences and current research. Participants will then work in small groups to ‘make visible’ the clinical reasoning processes they use in determining a diagnosis and intervention before developing a thinking routine that can be used by their students to develop their clinical reasoning skills. Participants will learn to examine their own clinical thinking processes and then develop teaching strategies to explicitly scaffold clinical reasoning for their students.

Module 6: Curriculum Design and Curriculum Development

This module introduces the history, trends, terminology and various approaches to curriculum development and considers the context within which subjects and courses are developed and how course design policies shape the development of course goals and subject objectives. Participants in this module will develop an understanding of the principles of constructive alignment as a method for achieving consistency between objectives, assessment and teaching and learning activities. Using case studies, participants will reflect on the approaches to curriculum design and the consequences for student learning, to enable them to make informed decisions about their approaches to teaching, subject design and assessment in a variety of contexts and with a diversity of students.

Module 7: Clinical Teaching with the Humanities

Clinical teaching typically consists of the ongoing development of clinical reasoning and practical skills, founded on a strong biomedical base. However, many health professional courses around the world have started drawing on the humanities as an additional or even alternative means of fostering other important aspects of professional practice, such as honing observational and interpretive skills, maintaining empathy and compassion, appreciating narrative and qualitative modes of understanding, and managing uncertainty in health care. This module examines the way humanities themes, content and methods can be used for teaching in the clinical professions, during both prevocational training, as well as continuing professional development and self-care.

Delivery dates

Browse course delivery dates for 2017.


Each subject is assessed according to the university's 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.

Selection requirements and course fees

Entry requirements

The Graduate Diploma is the second 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 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.

2017 course fees

Domestic students (i.e. Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents): $2,825 per 12.5 credit point subject.

Students not residing in Australia and Australian temporary or provisional residents: $4,675 per 12.5 credit point subject.

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 will also have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.


FEE HELP is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian citizens only. Note that Fee Help does not cover any costs associated with the Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF).

More information

The handbook contains a full course description with detailed objectives, assessment and other information.

Alternatively, please complete an Expression of Interest form and the EXCITE team will keep you updated with key dates and other course related information.

Contact us

To find out more, email or call Esra Evyapan, Program Coordinator on +613 8344 2580.