The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing and Midwifery at Victoria University is an advanced degree that is awarded for thesis-based research which enables research students to independently make a valuable, original and substantial contribution to knowledge in Nursing and Midwifery. Research students will be required to apply intellectual rigor to the formulation of a research question(s), the employment of a range of research methods and the comprehensive analysis of findings in a significant research project, in the context of existing research. This should be conducted in consideration of intercultural and international contexts; social and environmental sustainability and application to industry, community, government, or the professions. In this unit of study, and in consultation with a thesis supervisor, the students will be expected to demonstrate the progress towards thesis completion.

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On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to demonstrate significant progress towards demonstration of: expert understanding of a substantial body of theory and its practical application at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including substantial expert knowledge of ethical research principles and methods applicable to the field intellectual independence and cognitive skills to undertake a systematic investigation, reflect critically on theory and practice and evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, including identifying, evaluating and critically analysing the validity of research studies and their applicability to a research problem expert cognitive, technical and creative skills to: design, develop and implement a research project/s to systematically investigate a research problem develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge manage, analyse, evaluate and interpret data, synthesising key ideas and theorising within the context of key literature expert communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions; to disseminate and promote new insights; and to cogently present a complex investigation of originality, or original research, both for external examination and to specialist (eg. researcher peers) and non-specialist (industry and/or community) audiences  through informal interaction, scholarly publications, reports and formal presentations. capacity to reflect on, develop and evaluate strategies for achieving their own learning and career goals. intellectual independence, initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning ethical practice and full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs autonomy, authoritative judgment, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and leading scholar.


The student will demonstrate substantial progress towards completion of the research thesis through formal meetings with their thesis supervisors, who will provide formative feedback. The unit will be assessed by the supervisory team, the School and University through 6-monthly progress reports.
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Research Thesis Thesis Pass/Fail

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