Clinical Leadership, Education and Research MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Strong leadership in medicine has never been more critical than now. Designed for experienced healthcare professionals, this course will enable you to become a more knowledgeable and skilled clinician. Advance your professional reach and impact, and discover new ways to influence service delivery for the benefit of those in your care.


Apply here for the Clinical Leadership, Education and Research Skills programme

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More than ever, the world needs healthcare leaders who understand research, scientific processes and the most advanced methods in education. The Clinical Leadership, Education and Research MSc at DMU welcomes practitioners from a variety of fields in healthcare, including medicine, pharmacy and nursing, amongst others. 

The programme will support you in becoming a more knowledgeable and impactful clinician, educator and researcher. The programme is based on the philosophy that “leadership begins within the individual,” that leading is primarily about building strong, supportive relationships with others, and that everyone is a leader in their own way. The PG Cert year modules include Personal Professional Development for Leadership, Partnership with Patients and Stakeholders, and Concepts in Education and Concepts in Research. The PG Dip year expands this learning to, first, develop strategies and, next, to implement service improvement activities that lead to direct benefits of the student’s practice setting. The final MSc year is offered for students and organisations wanting to address the burning questions that only organised research can address. Additional optional modules allow you to tailor your learning - whether you are most interested in enhancing your skills in leadership, developing your understanding of contemporary research, expanding your teaching expertise, or discovering clear pathways to quality improvement. 

We have designed the programme to be administered in a flexible distance learning approach, requiring no commute to the DMU campus in Leicester – a valuable option for busy working professionals.  After the programme induction day, the PG Cert has four online study days, and the PG Dip five, with learning material rolled out via our learning-management system during the academic term. The MSc year provides bespoke support with additional learning via online tutorials, personal supervisory meetings, and three additional study days.

Please note, this course was previously known as the Medical Leadership, Education and Research MSc.

Key features

  • This course enables busy healthcare practitioners to advance their skills and careers without leaving their job.

  • You will have the option to undertake a PG Certificate, PG Diploma or full MSc awards; exit awards being conferred after successful completion of each stage.

  • Benefit from a blended interactive and self-managed mix of distance learning.

  • The course helps you qualify for PG Medical Education Certificate awards. [Please note: Students with prior MedEd Certification can request prior learning (RPL) to avoid needing to duplicate any prior educational learning.]                  

  • Establish life-long networks across geographical and disciplinary fields. 

Intakes and attendance requirements 

The programme currently holds one intakein September, with the academic year ending in July. Programme study days are mandatory in order to ensure proper orientation of learning material. As students are working healthcare practitioners and may not be able to attend all study days, as well as submit assessments according to pre-established timetables, the programme provides extensions, deferrals and interruptions germane to each situation.

For more information and potential dates of study days in 2021-2022, please contact:

CLER October 2021 PG Certificate Cohort*



Personal and Professional Development (Core 1):

Study Day - 13/10/2021

Draft assessment submission - 4/11/2021

Final assessment submission - 10/12/2021

Partnerships with Patients & Stakeholders (Core 2):

Study Day - 24/11/2021

Draft assessment submission - 30/01/2022

Final assessment submission - 25/02/2022

All cohorts:

OPTIONAL Tutorial days - 26/01/2022 and 15/06/2022

*DMU and the CLER programme are currently finalising the timetabling so the current listed days might be amended. All programme-specific updates can be verified by communicating with the programme lead, Zeenat Hassam, at


  1. Dr. C.O., Locum Consultant Surgeon

    "I registered with DMU for the MSC in Med Education, Leadership and Research with great trepidation due to a fear of having to ‘study’ again for 3 years to achieve my goals. I’m glad to say after 2 years it has been a smooth and rewarding experience. My objectives of achieving a post graduate qualification in Medical Education 20 years late was ideally blended with modules in leadership and research. The modules were clinically driven with just the right amount of theory to provide the academic content. The practical aspects of project work and the essays were innovative and made the whole journey that much easier. The faculty is led by Gary who is an eminent scholar, well read and has abundant energy to enthuse and encourage the students, he is well supported by his team and the debates in the classes were lively and thought provoking. At the end of 2 years I can confidently say that the course has made me a better teacher and leader – I have been appointed as the surgical lead at my trust for under graduate students from Sheffield University thanks to this and hope to progress further within the field of medical education."

  2. Dr. A.K., Specialist Registrar in Nephrology and General Internal Medicine

    "The Medical Leadership, Education and Research course has helped me gain insight into my strengths, as well as pushing me to identify and own the areas where I need to develop further. The study days are helpful in allowing time for reflection and discussion with others, and I benefit greatly from listening to the opinions and experiences of other healthcare professionals. The tutors are knowledgeable and most importantly, appreciate the balance between supportiveness and giving space, which in itself, encourages me to stretch my abilities and achieve my maximum potential. It has been a great experience so far and I look forward to what the course next has to offer..."

  3. Dr. M.K., MBCHB MRCGP FHEA, GP, Specialist GP Educator xxx Medical School

    "The Medical Leadership, Education and Research course has been a supportive and exciting course with strong links to practical application for personal leadership development. As the demand on our services increase, it is essential to foster innovation within both clinical and academic settings. This course has allowed me to build up my knowledge and skills, which I am already utilising in practice. A big thank you to Dr. Gary Keil and the team for their inspiration and encouragement!"

  4. Dr. P.M., M.B., B.S., D.O., FRCSEd.

    "I was one of the first batch of students enrolled in this new, exciting 3 years course - MSc in Medical Leadership & Advanced Professional skills in 2015 at De Montfort University Leicester. I had great classmates from different specialities and enjoyed meeting them and doing projects sharing everyone’s expertise. All the teachers and staff were very friendly, motivated and supportive. Great University with plenty of facilities and the course helped in all the additional skills which is required as a professional including Appraisal, Teaching, Innovation mindset, Leadership capabilities, Communication skills, Service development and Research to name a few. It was a great experience and would highly recommend it!"





  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK or online/distance learning

Start Date: September 2022

Duration: Part-time

Fees and funding:

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £730 per 15 credit module

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

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PLEASE NOTE: This course can only accept international students who are residing in the UK on a Tier 2 visa, and who are employed in the UK by an NHS Trust or a healthcare organisation that provides NHS services.

Institution code: D26

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK or online/distance learning

Start Date: September 2022

Duration: Part-time

Fees and funding:

2022/23 tuition fees for EU and international students: £730 for 15 credits

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Please visit for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

The programme is open to all UK healthcare practitioners who:

  • Are registered with the relevant UK professional organizations of practice focus (GMC, GPhC, NMC, etc.),
  • Have at least two years’ experience following completion of the HCP degree, and
  • Are currently employed and working as a registered HCP in the UK

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Industry links and professional accreditation


Course modules

The programme modules build your skills in leadership, research, teaching and service improvement in a blended manner as your studies progress.

PG Cert:

  • Personal Professional Development for Leadership (15 credits)
  • Partnership with Patients and Stakeholders (15 credits)
  • Concepts in Education (15 credits)
  • Concepts in Research (15 credits)


PG Dip:

  • Development of a Service Improvement Strategy (15 credits)*
  • Choice of 1 of 3 Optional modules focusing on Managing Change, Mentorship or Educational Assessments (15 credits)
  • Demonstration of Service Improvement (30 credits)*



  • Masters Dissertation (60 credits)


*Modules delivered by Lakeside Healthcare Group (LHG)

DMU has signed a collaborative partnership agreement with LHG where LHG will deliver two of the three modules of the PG Dip award: "Development of a Service Improvement Strategy" (15 credits) and "Demonstration of Service Improvement" (30 credits).*

LHG is one of the biggest providers of primary care in the UK, operating 8 General Medical Services organisations across 14 separate locations in Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. LHG is also an experienced provider of medical education, with an established medical education department on a group wide level as well as having individual practice hub providers. Importantly, key members of LHG's teaching staff have completed the MSc in Clinical (Medical) Leadership, Education and Research at DMU. This exciting collaboration will enable students to tap into the quality improvement expertise developed over many years by LHG, supported by the faculty at DMU. 

*Subject to minimum validated numbers being met. 

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

Teaching and assessment

The programme adheres to the adage that "leadership cannot be taught; it must be learned" as much as possible. The programme combines self-managed distance-learning and blended (mixed media) interactive approaches in order to balance the needs of theoretical and practical/experiential learning, all for actively working HCPs. As the material will build from intensely personal analyses, i.e., asking "where am I in my role and career plan, and how can I be a leader in my context?" and "how do I fit in with key stakeholders?", to process- and guidance-led ones, i.e., asking "How can I influence and contribute to the wider strategic context?", the assessments include reflective reports, competency mapping, educational and scientific essays, oral presentations and scientific literature reviews.

Each PG Cert and Dip module will require high-quality submissions ranging between 2,000 and 3,000 words, as well as informal and formal oral presentations. The MSc assessment will be a master's level dissertation of approximately 15,000 words as well as a formal presentation to relevant DMU faculty and invited colleagues of the student.



Professional accreditation

Aspects of the programme helps registered physicians obtain their PG Certificate in Medical Education Training. Please contact the programme lead for more information.

Facilities and features

Advantage to NHS employers

This course was commissioned by Health Education England in the East Midlands as a means of supporting doctors and encouraging recruitment and retention in the region, although the minimal attendance at the University allows students to travel from a wider geographical area.

Using a practice-based approach, you will engage with your colleagues and patients and will be making increasingly larger improvements to service delivery using Quality Improvement techniques as you progress through the course.

The course is designed to benefit patients and NHS organisations in addition to your own personal and career development. 

How to apply

Please e-mail We will then guide you through the following process:

a) Complete an online application

b) Obtain a reference from your line manager at work, in e-mail format from a work e-mail address, that states that your organization will support you in undertaking the course by allowing you study leave to attend the compulsory study days at the University (as specified above) and confirming that you are employed in a patient-facing role as a clinical HCP.

c) Scan copies of your relevant registration details and all degree certificates

d) Provide details of how you will be funded - either a declaration that you are self-funding or confirmation from your employer that they will fund the course.

Please complete your on-line application form (a) as soon as possible as places are limited.

Please send the other documents (b, c and d) by e-mail to and clearly mark the subject of your e-mail as CLER or Clinical Leadership, Education and REsearch

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