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MPhil Programme

This programme aims to educate and train researchers from diverse disciplinary and professional backgrounds, enabling them to understand and research complex issues and challenges pertinent to Health Sciences Education, particularly in resource-constrained environments. You will be equipped with appropriate in-depth theoretical knowledge and the methodological skills necessary to undertake rigorous research at an advanced level.


Full-time: 2 years; 

Part-time 3 years.

Delivery Mode:

There is a two week contact block per annum with ongoing, technology-assisted work in between.  Regular SKYPE tutorials between applicants and their main supervisor is a requirement, and with co-supervisors, where possible.

MPhil Admissions requirements:

  • A Postgraduate Diploma in Health Profession Education or equivalent. In the absence of a PG Dip HPE , applicants will be considered on the basis of their portfolio of experience and qualifications;
  • Demonstrated competence on the TOEFL test for applicants who do not hold a degree from an English medium university and/or who are from a country where English is not the official language
  • Reliable and continuous computer access and internet connectivity.
  • Students may be required to attend an educational research methods course and other coursework as appropriate to the topic of the dissertation, depending on their prior knowledge and experience.

Application Process:


  • An extended CV in which you highlight educational courses, workshops and/or conferences attended, presentations given;
  • A research statement which outlines the research topic of interest, rationale for the topic and preferred methodology and data collection methods.  Maximum length: 600 words.

We will be offering supervision in the following research areas:

  • Learning effects of assessment;
  • Portfolio-based learning and assessment;
  • Workplace based learning and assessment;
  • Assessment generally;
  • Clinical teaching;
  • Faculty development (particularly the impact of and theory informing effective faculty development);
  • Research skills development for health sciences education research;
  • Medical simulation;
  • Socially responsive and accountable clinical/health professional education and training;
  • Academic literacies, Discourse, and multimodal communication in the health sciences
  • Student  learning and identity
  • Pre-clinical year curriculum
  • Issues relating to inclusivity, equity and cultural/intercultural sensitivity

Deadline for applications: 30 October

For further enquiries, contact Shaneel Nutt | Postgraduate Administrative Assistant