Department of Health Sciences Education


Established in 2015, the Department of Health Sciences Education’s (HSE) primary aim is to enhance the quality of education across the Faculty and in all teaching facilities used by the Faculty. In assisting the Faculty’s Transformation agenda in educational programmes, our goal is to ensure that our graduates are prepared for contextually-relevant clinical practice and to help foster clinical excellence.

Our establishment reflects UCT’s commitment to advancing the field of health sciences education (HSE) and generating scholarship relevant to Africa and other resource-constrained environments. This initiative is also in keeping with the Faculty’s adoption of the Primary Health Care Approach as its lead theme.

We also strive to collaborate with other groupings engaged in HSE research, teaching and service. We provide the Faculty with an academic hub for inter-disciplinary and inter-professional offerings.

Our Services

  • Educational development which aligns education, training and health professional practice at both under- and postgraduate levels with all levels of health care delivery.
  • Promotion of excellence in teaching.
  • Learning and assessment at all sites of education and training.
  • Development of innovative educational responses to the unique challenges faced in the South African and African contexts.

Postgraduate qualifications in Health Sciences Education

More information about our PGDip(HPE), MPhil and PhD programmes can be found here.

Our Research

More information about our research can be found here.


The Department of Health Sciences Education comprises of four divisions, our department is committed to doing and using contextually-relevant research to strengthen the science of educating and training health professionals.

Our Clinical Skills Programme has a broad mandate: to facilitate the learning of essential clinical skills throughout the Faculty of Health Sciences. Though our undergraduate medical students constitute our major target, we are increasingly positioning ourselves to assist both the allied professions, postgraduate students, specialists in training and established practitioners.

A multi-disciplinary unit based in the Faculty of Health Sciences whose current primary aim is to enhance the quality of education across the Faculty and in all teaching facilities used by the Faculty.

For many people writing does not come naturally, and while great writing is hard to learn, good writing is not. We believe that with the appropriate guidance and support anyone can become a proficient academic writer. We want to empower writers by helping them develop an awareness of the practices needed to produce good writing within their discipline.

Assisting staff in facilitating the professionalisation of their roles as educators by providing continuous professional development in Education and through the effective use of educational technology.

Advising staff on the inclusion of educational technologies in learning and teaching. Supports on-line and mixed modes delivery of content at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.