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MPhil in HPE


MPhil Health Professions Education


Health Professions Education (HPE) is a fast growing knowledge field that is enjoying increasing international interest and support. The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University introduced the MPhil in HPE in 2008 in order to address the need for a post-graduate qualification in this field, specifically in the African context.

Since inception, this successful programme has produced a significant number of graduates from a number of countries across Africa and beyond and representing a diversity of health professions. In 2014, the Centre for Health Professions Education and its Postgraduate Programme Committee embarked on an in-depth process of curriculum renewal and in 2016, the revised M Phil in HPE programme was implemented by a highly competent interdisciplinary team of experts.

The M Phil in HPE runs over two years and comprises a contact week at the start of the academic year followed by a series of online engagements within the different modules across the balance of the year. Students are assessed by means of assignments that endeavour to make theory and practice relevant and of value in their own contexts.

Comments from previous MPhil students in HPE​

“ I think the MPhil has given me the confidence and empowered me with the knowledge, skills and competencies to actually go on and drive things at an  institutional level."

“…when I entered the programme I thought it was about improving myself, where I now really view myself as …somebody who should be critical in improving education and teaching and learning at the university and particularly also in my programme"​

For more information contact:

Mrs Lorraine Louw                           Dr Elize Archer  
Tel: 021 938 9047                  or        Tel: 021 938 9364
E-mail:                        E-mail:

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