Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMHPE
CRICOS code069227M
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course administrator: telephone +61 3 9905 0090; email or visit

Course coordinator

A/Prof Liz Molloy


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students are required to attend a number of compulsory on-campus/on-site study days.


This course is designed to meet the unique requirements of teachers working in university and health professional contexts, The course is aimed at a broad cross-section of health professions including medicine, nursing, psychology, paramedic studies, pharmacy, dietetics, physiotherapy, radiography, occupational therapy and speech pathology. The course enables participants to develop the theoretical basis of their educational practices in a highly focused and applied manner leading to personally and professionally relevant outcomes.


The course is designed to:

  • support excellence in course development for the health professions by developing educators who can design and implement curriculum frameworks that are based on sound educational theory and research
  • improve the learning experience of students in a variety of learning environments by increasing the pool of teachers with advanced level skills
  • strengthen the teaching-research nexus in health professional education
  • foster the development of career pathways in education
  • prepare future educational leaders and policy makers in the health arena.

Credit for prior studies

Eligible students are granted 24 points of credit for their completed studies in the course 3413 Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education or an approved equivalent.

Maximum credit allowed

36 credit points


Coursework assessment includes analytical essays, oral presentations and completion of a teaching portfolio. The thesis pathways include at least one coursework unit (MEU9011) and thesis completion.


This course is offered via coursework and thesis, or by coursework only. The coursework component comprises core and elective units. As a result of credit granted for prior studies, students complete 48 points as outlined in one of the following options:

  • 48 credit points of coursework units
  • 24 credit points of coursework and a 24 credit-point minor thesis
  • 12 credit points of coursework and a 36 credit-point minor thesis.

Coursework units can be selected as outlined in options A,B or C below.


Coursework options

Option A

  • MEU9011 Educational research methods for the health professions
  • MEU9012 Simulation in health professional education
  • MEU9013 Independent project in health professional education
  • a further 12 credit points of coursework

Option B

  • MEU9011 Educational research methods for the health professions
  • MEU9013 Independent project in health professional education
  • a further 24 credit points of coursework

Option C

  • MEU9011 Educational research methods for the health professions
  • MEU9012 Simulation in health professional education
  • a further 24 credit points of coursework

Minor thesis option

Students completing either thesis option must undertake research into an aspect of educational practice that is of interest to the student. The work should be original, and of 15,000 - 20,000 words in length (24 credit-point thesis) or 25,000 - 30,000 words (36 credit-point thesis) and meet the standards required for publication.

Students will be appointed a supervisor.

Progression to further studies

Students who complete either of the thesis options for this course and achieve a distinction average (70-79 per cent) may qualify for admission into higher degrees by research (HDR) including course 03438 Master of Philosophy and 0047 Doctor of Philosophy, among others.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course with a Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education or Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education providing all requirements of those awards have been met.


Master of Health Professional Education