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What will I learn?

The main objective of the PhD programme is that participants perform educational research (typically a series of empirical studies) in their own work setting, resulting in a PhD thesis and a PhD degree. The aim of writing a PhD thesis is to learn independently and conduct high-quality educational research.

The PhD programme requires expertise in the area of medical education or health professions education. A theoretical basis comparable with a Master in Health Professions Education is required. If you do not have this theoretical background, we advise you to start with the Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE).

Highly experienced and internationally acknowledged researchers provide supervision for designing and conducting studies and writing international papers. You will have contact with your supervisors in Maastricht mostly by email or Skype meetings. Although the PhD programme is distance-based, the candidate will preferably come to Maastricht several times during the programme.

PhD candidates within SHE will be evaluated each year by the supervision team. If the supervision team is of the opinion that the candidate has not made enough progress, they may advise SHE’s research director to end the PhD project. As a minimum requirement, at least one publication should have been submitted to an international journal after two years. PhD candidates will also evaluate their supervisors each year.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance (4 years)

Tuition fees
€3,220.00 (2,63,072) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Master’s degree from a relevant academic field including: economics, international relations, political science, law, social sciences, or business administration. Basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics, measured by reviewing the content and level of previous studies and/or working experience. Basic knowledge of economics, social sciences, political science and/or law, measured by reviewing the content and level of previous studies and/or working experience. Proficiency in English, with a minimum level of 600 PBT / 240 CBT / 100 IBT for the TOEFL or 7.0 for the IELTS.

For international students

The PhD programme requires expertise in the area of medical education. A theoretical basis comparable with a Master in Health Professions Education is required. If you do not have this theoretical background, we advise you to start with the Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE). Participants can always contact us to inquire whether their previous education is sufficient for being selected as a potential PhD candidate.

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