Master of Nursing (by Research)

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Course essentials

This information is for Australian residents. View the international version of this course

Reach your goal in the field of nursing with a Master of Nursing (by Research). If you have demonstrated an ability to conduct extensive study and research in a focused area of nursing, then this course will get you to where you want to be in your career.

You will work under the guidance of a supervisor who has appropriate qualifications, but you will also be expected to demonstrate a high degree of independence while researching your specific field.

Successful completion depends on your thesis, research skills and background knowledge.


  • research-related career options in the healthcare field and/or possible entry to a PhD

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

The course objectives are to produce graduates who have the following knowledge and skills:
• a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more discipline
• advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning
• cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its application
• cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
• cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
• cognitive and technical skills to design, use and evaluate research and research method
• communication and technical skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audience
• technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge

This knowledge and these skills will be demonstrated through the planning and execution of a substantial piece of research
• with creativity and initiative
• with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability, demonstrating expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner

Units and electives

The standard duration of a Masters Degree (Research) is two years of full-time study or part-time equivalent, although in certain circumstances the degree may be completed in eighteen months.

In some cases the student may be required to complete approved coursework units such as laboratory skills or research design as part of the Masters Degree (Research).

Admission information

  • International: In addition to meeting the University requirements (See: Admission Requirements - Other) international applicants who will be studying in Australia must satisfy the English language qualifying requirement for gaining an entry visa to Australia for applicants from their country.
  • Other: (a) Academic achievement and preparation to a level that is sufficient to undertake masters level research demonstrated in any one or more of the following: i. Qualified, at minimum, for a bachelors degree at a standard considered by the University to be sufficiently meritorious (normally Distinction average in the final year); or ii. Qualified for any other award judged by the University to be of a relevant and appropriate standard and have: •Produced evidence of professional experience; and •Fulfilled any other conditions relating to prerequisite studies which the University may impose. (b) Demonstrated competency in English sufficient to work at research masters level, through meeting one or more of the following criteria: i. Successful completion of one of the degrees stipulated under a) i) – ii) above with English as the language of instruction and assessment and undertaken in a predominantly English speaking context; or ii. Been taught for two of the past five years at a tertiary institution where English was the primary language of instruction; or iii. Achieved an overall band score of not less than 6.5 in an International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) test with no individual band score below 6.0; or iv. Achieved a score of not less than 92 and no section score less than 22 in the internet-based Teaching of English Foreign Language (TOEFL) test; or v. Documented evidence of English proficiency equivalent to the above.

How to apply for this course

You will need to follow the six steps to becoming a research student.

Contact the Graduate Research Centre on +61 3 9919 4522 or email if you require further information.

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