​Additional Required Course on Research Methodologies in Health Professions Education (ARC-R)

Course Description

The course focuses on research methodologies most applicable in Health Profession Education (HPE) and development of a research proposal. The aim of this course is to provide students an in-depth background for planning, conducting and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research relevant to Health Professions Education.

Course Code


Salient Features

  • Renowned faculty members of Aga Khan University (AKU) having diverse educational background and expertise in research methodologies

  • Rich inter-professional interaction and collaborative learning with faculty from The Institute for Educational Development, School of Nursing and Midwifery, AKU Research Office, Department of Community Health Sciences, and Department for Educational Development and participants from medical and nursing colleges in public and private sectors of Pakistan

  • 7.0 Continuing Education (CE) Credits from 350 hours of course study


ARC-R is a core course for the Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) , however it is also open as a standalone course to all health care professionals in Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Allied Health.

Candidates with proven interest/responsibility in HPE and at least two years teaching experience will be preferred. Selection is purely merit based. Acceptance in the course will be based on the number of seats available.

See the selection criteria here

Pre requisite

Introductory Short Course in Healt​h professions Education (ISC-HPE)

Course Credits



This is a twelve-week course from January 04 to March 25, 2016.

  • Two-week part-time pre-reading.

  • Two-week full-time intensive face-to-face on site component.

  • Eight-week part-time independent study and written assignment completion.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course the students will be able to:

  • Identify a researchable problem in HPE

  • Identify  relevant sources  for literature review

  • Use End Note for creating library and referencing

  • Critically review and use relevant literature

  • Frame appropriate research questions, objectives and hypotheses (where required)

  • Identify, select and justify the use of appropriate methods

  • Identify  appropriate methods for data collection and data analyses

  • Use SPSS for quantitative data analysis

  • Address the ethical issues anticipated in the  research project

  • Appreciate the importance of intellectual/academic rigor  in research

  • Develop educational research proposals using the standard research framework


The assessment in ARC-Research Methodologies in HPE is divided into the following two components which have to be passed separately.

Continuous Assessment during face-to-face component comprising of individual and group assignments/presentations and two end-of-the-course assessments.

Independent Study and Written Assignment requiring a research proposal of about 2000 – 3000 words spending a minimum of 200 hours over a period of eight weeks. 

Educational Strategies

The course is highly participatory, offered through interactive plenaries, hands-on individual and small group activities and presentations. Mid-course feedback is provided.

Course Fee

Local participants: Rs 75,000 per person
International participants: US $ 1,340 per person


Programme Director, MHPE

Dr Syeda Kauser Ali

Programme Director, Adv.Dip. in HPE)

Dr Sheilla  Pinjani

Course Director

Dr Syeda Kauser Ali

Course Coordinators

Dr Qamar Riaz

Dr Shazia Babar

Faculty Coordinator

Dr Tabassum Zehra

Course Faculty

Dr Syeda Kauser Ali

Mr Syed Iqbal Azam

Dr Ayesha Bashiruddin

Dr Raisa Gul

Dr Rozina Karmaliani

Dr Tazeen Ali

Dr Imtiaz Jehan

Dr Anwar Ali Siddiqui

Dr Naveed Yousuf

Dr Sonia Haider


Mr Aslam Nathwani

Associate, HPE Programme

The Aga Khan University

Email: aslam.nathwani@aku.edu

Tel: 92 21 3486 2419/4504

Mr Meeran Ayaz

Secretary, HPE Programme

The Aga Khan University

Email: meeran.ayaz@aku.edu

Tel: 92 21 3486 2419/4504