Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and 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
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationMulti-modal (Notting Hill)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

HealthPEER: telephone +61 3 9905 0090; email or visit

Course coordinator

Professor Debra Nestel


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.
  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course must be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.
  • 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 clinical or university 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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

The course is designed to:

  • design and implement curriculum frameworks that are based upon sound educational theory and research
  • address the learning needs of health professional students in diverse learning environments.
  • critique research and synthesise findings
  • undertake independent and ethical research relevant to their own teaching environments
  • disseminate health professions educational principles, innovation and research to a range of audiences
  • lead educational development in their own practice context.

Credit for prior studies

Students who have successfully completed course 3413 Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education, 3973 Graduate Certificate of Clinical Simulation or an approved equivalent are granted 24 points of credit.

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 and thesis completion.


This course consists of study via coursework and thesis, or by coursework only. The coursework component comprises core and elective units.

After receiving credit students complete one of the options outlined below:

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

Areas of study


All students should complete:

  • MEU9011 Educational research methods for the health professions

In order to be eligible for the coursework and minor thesis option, students should achieve a minimum grade of 70 per cent in this unit, and have their research proposal accepted by a panel. Students who do not meet these requirements, will only be permitted to complete the course in the coursework-only option.

Coursework-only option

Students should complete:

  • MEU9011 Educational research methods for the health professions
  • MEU9012 Simulation in health professional education, or MEU9003 Assessment in Health Professional Education and MEU9004 Course design and Evaluation)
  • MEU9015 Contemporary research and innovations in health professional education
  • MEU9013 Independent project in health professional education, or approved alternative unit/s

*Recommended: MEU9014 Applied simulation

Coursework and minor thesis option

Students should complete:

  • MEU9011 Educational research methods for the health professions
  • 36 point thesis unit

Students undertake research into an aspect of educational practice that is of interest to the student. The work should be original and the thesis must be 25,000 - 30,000 words in length and meet the standards required for publication.

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the thesis option for this course and achieve a minimum of a distinction average (70 per cent) may qualify for admission into higher degrees by research. More information is available from the Monash University Institute of Graduate ResearchMonash University Institute of Graduate Research (

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this course may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • 3413 Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education
  • 3973 Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education.


Master of Health Professional Education