Degree Programmes

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PhD Programme

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

Jeroen J. G. van Merriënboer, PhD Research Director and Janneke Frambach, 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.

SHE Academy 2019 March 11-14 was a great succes

March 11-14, 2019  the 4th biannual SHE Academy meeting took place in Maastricht. The SHE Academy is the conference to build academic skills, share research ideas, and strengthen collaborations, for all SHE PhD students and their supervisors. We were happy to welcome back so many of our PhD's in a great and productive atmosphere. The opening lectures by Dr. Peter Dieckmann (Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation) and Prof. Olle ten Cate (University Medical Center Utrecht, University of California) were very inspiring. Thank you everybody for joining. Get an impression of the SHE Academy 2019 here

Principal Staff involved

  • Pim Teunissen, Research Director
  • Janneke Frambach, PhD Coordinator
  • Diana Dolmans
  • Cees van der Vleuten