Master of Nursing (by Research)

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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.

Course essentials


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

Course objectives

The Master of Nursing (by Research) is offered to students who have demonstrated the ability to undertake extensive study and research in a focused area of nursing. Although expected to demonstrate a high degree of independence, the student works under the guidance of a qualified and experienced supervisor. While the successful completion of this qualification depends entirely upon the examination of the thesis, the College of Health and Biomedicine also places great emphasis on the development of research skills and background knowledge deemed necessary for successful completion of the research project.

Areas of Specialisation Staff within the College will supervise research in a number of areas of specialisation including:

  • acute care nursing;
  • community health nursing;
  • mental health;
  • midwifery;
  • neuroscience nursing;
  • nursing education;
  • nursing theory and clinical practice;
  • ontology and epistemology of caring;
  • professional nursing issues;
  • substance abuse;
  • women's health.

These areas of study are not exhaustive and applicants are advised to contact the College directly to discuss their proposed area of study.

Units and electives

Completion of the Master of Nursing (by Research) normally requires two years of full-time study or part-time equivalent.

Admission information

  • Year 12: To qualify for admission to the Master of Nursing applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in nursing or equivalent. Some students may be required to undertake additional studies in specific areas, for example advanced research subjects. Degree Requirements In order to be awarded the Master in Nursing (by Research) students must undertake an appropriate research design subject, or any other subject, as required by the College; have their candidature approved by the College; and successfully complete a thesis undertaken with appropriate supervision.

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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