Master of Qualitative Health Research

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Qualitative researchers observe people as they go about their usual activities, interview them, conduct focus groups, and examine related documents and images. They analyse the resulting data to gain a better understanding of the issues at hand. Being a qualitative researcher means being open to surprise and expecting the unexpected. Qualitative research is becoming increasingly popular in health-related fields such as medicine, public health, nursing, allied health, dentistry and health policy. Qualitative health research can help policymakers, clinicians, health promotion professionals and consumers to understand the perspectives people bring to their health, the values they hold, and the actions they take. The Masters of Qualitative Health Research requires completion of 24 credit points through 4 core units of study: Introduction to Qualitative Health Research; Qualitative Research Methodologies; Qualitative Research Analysis & Writing; Designing a Qualitative Research Project; and 24 credit points through elective units of study.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan


The Masters of Qualitative Health Research requires completion of 24 credit points through 4 core units of study: Advanced Qualitative Health Research; Qualitative Research Methodologies; Qualitative Research Analysis & Writing; Designing a Qualitative Research Project; and 24 credit points through elective units of study. The core units include a capstone in which students will be mentored to develop a sound proposal for a future research project.
Through this core study, you will get a big-picture view of qualitative inquiry, become familiar with qualitative methodologies and study designs, develop skills in qualitative analysis, and develop an understanding of the nature and value of qualitative knowledge. You may undertake interdisciplinary elective units in health policy, sociology, anthropology, bioethics, medical humanities, linguistics and on a wide range of topics in public health, international health and health promotion offered within the school or outside the school subject to the course and unit coordinator.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Capstone experience

A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the school to provide students with an opportunity to draw together their learning, synthesise this with prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.

For the Master of Qualitative Health Research, all students complete a qualitative health research project proposal and full ethics application, as the capstone experience. This will assist students to prepare to commence a qualitative PhD or to seek support for their future qualitative research projects.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of this course are able to work as academic researchers, contract researchers, market researchers, research officers in government or non-government organisations or may pursue a higher research degree in the course of Doctor of Philosophy.

Further study

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School. A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study; and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.

Sydney Medical School is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.
It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Sydney Medical School's research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Other study options

Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes.

Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body. For further information and a list of courses available please see the Sydney Medical School website http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/future-students/courses/short-courses.php

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the degree of Master of Qualitative Health Research will hold:
(a) a four-year degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
(b) a degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification and passing a preliminary examination(s) prescribed by the school, unless otherwise exempted.

In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (a) directly to the University, or (b) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Qualitative Health Research.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Qualitative Health Research.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.