Programme Information


Health professionals play an important role in preventing, treating and curing disease and in promoting health at the individual and societal levels. It is essential to ensure that those who train healthcare professionals create effective educational programmes that result in high quality health services.  


The Master of Health Professions Education Singapore (MHPE-S) is a two year part-time programme which focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant for a career in the field of health professions education and research in Singapore. It will be conducted mostly online via distance-based learning, with two 3-week campus-based units (one per year) in Singapore. There will be thesis supervision/mentorship jointly offered by Singapore and Maastricht teaching faculty.


Learning Objectives

The MHPE programme is firmly rooted in educational theory and practice. Participants are required to continuously use theory-based insights in dealing with authentic educational problems. Cases used in the programme are derived from health professions education, and you will be asked to work on cases from your own professional environment. Exploring the interrelationship between educational theory, research and educational practice is a fundamental characteristic of the MHPE programme.


Design your own MHPE through:


Elective learning tasks, thereby organising your own competency development.


In the new MHPE curriculum, you are the leader of your own competency development. You will collect the work that you do on obligatory and elective learning tasks in a portfolio. You will graduate as soon as you have achieved the required competencies, and it is up to you to demonstrate this. You reflect on your goals and your achievements so far, and then choose your next set of learning tasks with the help of your coach. You gain insight into how learning works for you and for others. This way you steer your own development and prepare yourself for the future career that you aspire.




Central to this MHPE master’s is the portfolio: a personal, electronic file in which you collect all the feedback and information about your competence development. By keeping this portfolio, you will be able to manage your progress and development throughout the programme. You do that by means of self-analysis and self-reflection. In addition, your coach uses the portfolio to guide you in the best possible way. At the end of each study phase, the portfolio is used to assess the progress you have made and the level you have reached.


Guidance from a SHE Coach


Throughout the programme you will have your own coach who guides you in organising your learning process yourself and who monitors the quality of the educational process. In this way, you can develop yourself to the maximum and lay the foundation for a career as a health professions educationalist or researcher.


Inclusion in the SHE community


During the MHPE Master’s programme, you will gradually become part of the international SHE Community. You will be encouraged to collaborate on projects or research. Sharing knowledge, collaborating and innovating will not only take you and the domain to a higher level, but it will also increase the impact of your efforts. You will lay a foundation for your future career and collaborations with the professional networks that you build around you.

What will the MHPE mean for you and your career?


The international and interprofessional MHPE environment offers a rich learning environment at any point in your career. Whether you are a junior or experienced health professional, the MHPE is your next academic step in your career as educational researcher and/or educational innovator. For junior health professionals, the programme offers the opportunity to prepare for a career combining clinical work and education. For those who already have some experience as an educator, this is the best way to prepare for a management position in health professions education. Finally, for experienced health professions educators, by gaining a background in theory and research, the programme affords an excellent opportunity to enhance your impact on educational practice and to build a large, international network in health professions education and research.


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