The aims of the programme are to equip candidates to undertake research at the most advanced level, focused on the features and challenges of Health Sciences Education, particularly in resource-constrained environments.


  • 3 to 4 years full-time
  • 5 to 6 years part-time

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.

PhD Admissions requirements:

  • A Masters in Health Sciences/Professions Education or equivalent. In the absence of a Masters in Health Sciences/Profession Education, 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 that includes a brief background or context to your research topic of interest, a draft formulation of research question and preferred methodology and data collection methods.  Maximum length: 1200 words.

Strong recommendation

It is strongly recommended that students applying for a PhD should already have a portfolio of writing for publication and/or conference presentation in education within their profession.

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

PhD applications can be made throughout the year.

For further enquiries, contact Shaneel Nutt | Postgraduate Administrative Assistant