Master of Clinical Simulation

Our Master of Clinical Simulation is suitable for a broad range of health professionals and others who are, or will be, engaged in simulation-based education. This includes the teaching, assessment, evaluation, curriculum design, scenario design, debriefing, mentoring and supervision of health professionals in clinical and other contexts.

The qualification is also suited to health professionals who use simulation for healthcare service quality improvement or systems testing. However, the use of simulation as an educational method is prioritised.

This practice-based qualification builds on the existing M4008 Graduate Certificate of Clinical Simulation.

Graduates of the existing M4008 course will be granted 24CP entry into the Master of Clinical Simulation.

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Course structure

This course consists of 48 credit points (CP) structured as bellow:

  • 12CP: HCS5100 Foundations of Clinical Simulation
  • 6CP: Assessed short course 1
  • 6CP: Assessed short course 2
  • 6CP: Assessed short course 3
  • 6CP: Assessed short course 4
  • 12CP HPE Health Profession education in practice

NOTE: Short courses are chosen from the list below. Not all short courses are available every semester.

Course Director

Professor Debra Nestel


Professor of Healthcare Simulation in Education

Prof Nestel completed her first degree at Monash and has since lived and worked in Hong Kong, London, and now back in Melbourne. Debra leads a national programme in simulation education, a network in simulated patient methodology, and is Editor in Chief of Advances in Simulation, the journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine. Debra leads the new Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation.

When Prof Nestel is not at Monash, she is busy being a Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne. In this role, she is Course Director of the Graduate Programs in Surgical Education, co-badged degrees with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She is also Course Director of Graduate Programs in Surgical Science.

Prof Nestel is passionate about research and writing; she has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, published edited books on simulated patient methodology (2015), healthcare simulation (2018), and has two edited books for publication in 2019, on surgical education and healthcare simulation research. She has won many awards and prizes for her work in simulation.

Find out more about Prof Debra Nestel.