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Overview

Information for 2021 applicants

The Faculty of Medicine and Health has re-developed the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy. From 2021, the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy will be delivered under one new central name and course code. Both degrees are now available for application for 2021 commencement. The new courses will aim to offer greater research flexibility and interdisciplinary learning across all faculty areas of study. 

Engage with world-class researchers to develop your expertise and gain advanced research and critical thinking skills. 

This course provides an opportunity for research training across a range of nursing research. Gain experience in a range of research offered by Sydney Nursing School including:

  • cancer
  • chronic disease and ageing
  • infection and immunity
  • injury and acute illness
  • mental health.

Learn more about research at Sydney Nursing School.

You will gain advanced research and critical thinking skills that will see you publish work in journals, improve patient experiences and influence health policy. The Master of Philosophy (Nursing) is awarded at the completion of a thesis that spans 1-2 years as well as some aspects of coursework in research techniques. You will work individually on their research project under the direction of a research supervisor who is a leader in the nursing field.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

Applications are open all year round. Apply well in advance (at least 6 weeks prior to your start date) to allow for a timely response to your application. If your application cannot be processed in time, it will be considered for the next possible research period. Separate scholarship application deadlines apply.

Starting date

Research Period 1: Start date 1 Jan
Research Period 2: Start date 1 Mar
Research Period 3: Start date 1 Jul
Research Period 4: Start date 1 Oct

Refer to key research dates on the `How to Apply website.

Applications are open all year round. Apply well in advance of your start date to allow for a timely response to your application and necessary visa and travel arrangements. If your application cannot be processed in time, it will be considered for the next possible research period. Separate scholarship application deadlines apply.

Starting date

Research Period 1: Start date 1 Jan
Research Period 2: Start date 1 Mar
Research Period 3: Start date 1 Jul
Research Period 4: Start date 1 Oct

Refer to key research dates on the `How to Apply website.

Research areas

Master of Philosophy candidates may undertake research in one of the following five pillars:

  • maternal
  • perinatal and women's health
  • cancer and palliative care
  • chronic diseases and co-morbidities
  • intensive care, trauma and emergency
  • mental health.

Across these pillars, candidates will work in the areas of patient and health outcomes, experience of illness and the support of family and carers, health systems, services and policies, primary health care and developments in nursing and midwifery.

Admission criteria

Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply in plenty of time, and even before completion of their current qualifying degree. In these circumstances, referee reports are essential as part of the application for admission.
 
To apply, you need to demonstrate sufficient prior research experience and capability.
 
In most cases, to be eligible you will have:
  • a bachelor's degree or qualifications demonstrating equivalence with a bachelor's degree
  • a master's degree and have a minimum of one year's work experience. 

These criteria constitute the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not guarantee admission. That remains at the discretion of the Associate Dean (HDR) for a given Faculty.

How to apply

  1. Find a supervisor within the University whose academic background aligns with your research. You may visit Research Supervisor Connect to start.
  2. Contact a research supervisor either through Research Supervisor Connect or email and provide: your academic/educational background and research experience with examples such as an academic transcript your CV/resume the area of interest for your research why you believe your research topics align with this supervisor.
  3. In conjunction with your supervisor, develop a preliminary research proposal.
  4. If you intend to study part time, you will also need to supply: evidence that shows you will have sufficient time available to plan and carry out the research under the supervision of the University, and complete the course within the maximum period allowed for a part-time enrolment a declaration from your employer (if relevant) confirming that you will be permitted to take the time required to effectively pursue your studies.
  5. Your research proposal should be submitted along with your CV, academic transcripts and other supporting documents.
  6. Applications are made via the University's online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the `Apply Now' button on the right-hand side of this page. 

Guidelines for writing a research proposal

A research proposal is a required document as part of the application for admission to a postgraduate research degree at the University of Sydney. It is necessary to prepare a proposal that clearly summaries your proposed research project. You should prepare this document and it should be reviewed by your supervisor(s) before submission with your application for admission. If you are admitted this initial research proposal will be used as a basis for preparation of your final research program in your first year of candidature.

Requirements of Faculties may vary so please contact your supervisor(s) or the relevant Postgraduate Research Coordinator for more information.

  • Mid-max length: Up to 2000 words.
  • Project title: Working title for the project.
  • Supervisor name(s): Names of supervisor(s)
  • Proposed mode of research: Describe your mode of research (e.g. creative work, laboratory/field research, clinical investigations, archive/library study).
  • Aims and objectives: What are the overall aims of the work? What objectives are necessary to meet the aims?
  • Synopsis: Briefly describe the key aspects of what you will be investigating.
  • Background: Brief review of literature in the area of interest. Describe what research lays the groundwork for your topic.
  • Expected research contribution: Why is the topic/creative work important? Describe how the research may be novel and its impact on the discipline.
  • Proposed methodology: Approach or methodology to be used in the research, the materials/equipment you intend to use, your space/laboratory/studio requirements.
  • Work plan: An initial plan for completion with annual milestones (e.g. over 3 years).
  • Resources: Provide details of major resources required for you to carry out your research project. What significant resources are required for the success of your proposed project (e.g. travel, equipment).
  • References: A short bibliography of the cited literature.

 

Completion requirement

Thesis submission requirements and examination procedure as set out in the Academic Board resolutions for this course and the Higher Degree (HDR) Rule 2011.

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