SHE Research

'Excellent healthcare requires evidence-informed models for the education of future and current healthcare professionals. Through research, education, and innovation, SHE works towards a world in which all healthcare professionals are well educated and in the best position to contribute to high quality care'. - Pim Teunissen, Research Director and Anique de Bruin, Vice-Director of SHE.

Our research programme

The essence of SHE’s Research Program 2024-2030 is encapsulated in the acronym H-P-E: 

  • Healthcare environments that foster learning
  • Professionals that are sustainably competent
  • Education that is designed for context

Aligned with SHE’s vision and mission, and building on our robust history of world-leading research in health professions education, the H-P-E Research Program is the result of a collaborative process with a variety of stakeholders. SHE’s Research Program 2024-2030 provides a succinct description of what we consider to be the main aims for the future of health professions education. In pursuit of these objectives, our focus lies in integrating scientific insights from diverse research themes and disciplines. We position our Research Program as a framework for research, collaborations, and policy decisions. The research aims are intended to inspire (new) connections between people, ideas, and investments, as well as to unearth contradictions in perspectives and link the science and practice of HPE together. We invite you to join us in contributing through science to the ongoing enhancement of health professions education. 

PhD programme

SHE offers a PhD programme with high internationally recognised standards and you will be guided by qualified supervisors. Educational research is essential for finding new and better ways to educate doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other health professionals. The general aim of the PhD programme is to develop the next generation of health professions education researchers who can contribute to research and innovation in health professions education.

SHE Presents

SHE organises four online ‘SHE Presents’ sessions per year in which SHE PhD candidates present and discuss their research with the SHE audience. This is done at the start of the PhD trajectory in the ‘SHE Presents New Candidates’ sessions and about halfway through the PhD trajectory in regular ‘SHE Presents’ sessions. These sessions contribute to the SHE Community by allowing presenters and audience to share thoughts and ideas on ongoing research and by getting to know peers within SHE who are working on similar and different topics. For access to previous SHE Presents sessions, visit our SHE YouTube channel. 

Current PhD theses 


Completed PhD theses in the past 6 years 


For open access of theses or publications older then 2016, see also Cris.