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Students who commenced study in 2016 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.

Monash University

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Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 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.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title


Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Professor Charlotte Rees

Contact details

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

Admission and fees

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Course type

Single degree
Master's by coursework

Standard duration

1.5 years FT, 3 years PT

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.

Mode and location

Multi-modal (Notting Hill)

Students are required to attend a number of compulsory on-campus/on-site study days.


Master of Health Professional Education


  • 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.


This course is designed to meet the requirements of teachers and/or clinicians working in higher education and/or clinical contexts, The course is aimed at individuals from any healthcare profession 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 aims to enable participants to:

  • design and implement curriculum frameworks that are based on sound educational theory and research
  • address the learning needs of health professions' students in diverse learning environments
  • critique research and synthesise findings
  • undertake independent and ethical research relevant to their own workplace and educational 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.

Note: If both graduate certificates have been previously studied credit will only be granted for one of these.

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.


Students complete this course by studying either coursework units only, or coursework units and a 36 point minor thesis.


Students complete:

(1.) 24 points from the following:

  • HPE5001 Teaching and learning in health professional education
  • HPE5002 Clinical teaching or HPE5014 Applied simulation
  • HPE5003 Assessment in health professional education
  • HPE5004 Course design and evaluation

(2.) the following 48 points in either the coursework-only or coursework and minor thesis pathway:

(a.) Coursework only:

  • HPE5011 Educational research methods for the health professions*
  • HPE5012 Simulation in health professional education or EDF5672 Leadership in educational technology practices (if HPE5012 previously studied)
  • HPE5013 Independent project in health professional education
  • HPE5015 Contemporary research and innovations in health professional education

(b.) Coursework and minor thesis:

  • HPE5011 Educational research methods for the health professions*
  • 36 point minor thesis

Eligible 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.

* In order to be eligible for the coursework and minor thesis option, students must 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 coursework-only option.

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 apply to qualify for admission into higher degrees by research. More information is available from the Monash 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
  • 3992 Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education.