Master of Health Professional Education

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$20577 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


The Master of Health Professional Education supports the acquisition of evidence-based practice as a framework, to develop clinicians’ knowledge and skills using contemporary learning and teaching strategies. Graduates from this course will have an advanced level of knowledge and skills to educate and lead education of and for health professionals, with the overall intention of improving safe and quality patient care. The course will enable health educators to work across a range of health education settings and the understanding to employ educational strategies relevant to contemporary healthcare workplaces. The course connects theory, practice and research and the structure of the course enables students to undertake studies relevant to their level of professional development and readiness to undertake further studies. It enables students to exit at an earlier level of qualification as well as continue building their knowledge and skills base due to the scaffolding approach of the program. Students can tailor their course by selecting one elective unit focusing on advancing skill and knowledge.

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Master of Health Professional Education, a student must complete 120 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Semester 1

HLSC608 Theoretical Foundations of Health Professional Education

HLSC604 Quality and Safety in Health Care

HLSC665 Contemporary Teaching for Health Professional Education

HLSC640 Interpreting Health Research

Year 1 - Semester 2

HLSC609 Facilitating Learning in Health Professional Settings

HLSC664 Curriculum Design, Assessment and Evaluation in Health Professional Education

HLSC605 Leadership in Health Care

PHIL623 Healthcare Ethics: Principles in Practice

Year 2 - Semester 1

HLSC617 Independent Project

20 cp

HLSC666 Advanced Simulation Practice


This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

A student who has completed the following requirements from the specialisations in the Schedule of Unit Offerings may exit with the relevant award:

  1. Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education: 40 cp from Specified Units in Schedule of Unit Offerings for that award;
  2. Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education: 80 cp from Specified Units in the Schedule of Unit Offerings for that award

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Health Professional Education, an applicant must:

  1. have completed either a Bachelor degree in a health discipline or equivalent; OR
  2. have completed either the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education, Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education, Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education or the Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education; AND
  3. have completed at least one year of clinical or work experience prior to admission.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

Graduates may be eligible to progress to postgraduate programs within ACU.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$20577 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Conditions apply.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

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Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.


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