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PhD Programme

"Maastricht University belongs to the top PhD programmes in the world, it has high internationally recognized standards, and you will be guided by internationally well-known and highly qualified supervisors."

Jeroen J. G. van Merriënboer, PhD Research Director and Anique de Bruin, PhD Coordinator 


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.

Student profile

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).

SHE PhD Programme, Maastricht University


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.

SHE PhD Guide

What you need to know after acceptance and prior to starting the PhD programme.

Save the date! SHE Academy 2019 will take place March 11-14

We kindly invite all SHE PhD-students to our 4th biannual SHE Academy meeting, March 11-14, 2019 in Maastricht. SHE Academy is the conference to build academic skills, share research ideas, and strengthen collaborations, for all SHE PhD students and their supervisors. We are happy to announce that Dr. Peter Dieckmann (Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation) will be our keynote speaker on March 11 and Prof. Olle ten Cate (University Medical Center Utrecht, University of California) on March 12. Time to save the date! Website including registration information will launch in October 2018.

Principal Staff involved

  • Jeroen van Merriënboer, PhD Research Director
  • Anique de Bruin, PhD Coordinator
  • Diana Dolmans
  • Cees van der Vleuten