Master of Qualitative Health Research

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Qualitative research is becoming increasingly popular in health-related fields including medicine, public health, nursing, allied health, dentistry and health policy. Qualitative health research provides evidence to policymakers, clinicians, health promotion professionals and consumers to understand the perspectives people bring to their health, the values people hold, and the actions people take.

Qualitative research aims to provide a deeper knowledge of how health fits into people’s everyday lives and how health and medical organisations work. Qualitative researchers observe people as they go about their usual activities, interview people, conduct focus groups and examine documents and images. They systematically analyse the resulting data to gain a better understanding of issues as they arise in the ordinary social world.
Qualitative research offers a demanding but extremely rewarding career for proficient communicators who love language and ideas, and are interested in textual rather than statistical analysis. Early career researchers and those considering a PhD will gain the experience, skills and knowledge required for future endeavours. Experienced researchers interested in advancing their career or moving into new areas will broaden their skills and develop new and deeper understandings of qualitative methodology
The Sydney Qualitative Health Research Program is Australia’s only purpose-designed postgraduate program providing qualitative research skills and knowledge in this growing area of research inquiry.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

The Master of Qualitative Health Research consists of 60 credit points including 42 credit points of core units of study and 18 credit points of elective units of study.

Core units:

PUBH5500 Advanced Qualitative Health Research 6cps
QUAL5002 Qualitative Methodologies & Study Design 6cps
QUAL5003 Qualitative Research Analysis & Writing 6cps
QUAL5004 Designing a Qualitative Research Project 6cps
Research 1 Data Collection  6cps
Research 2 Analysis  6cps
Research  3 Dissemination  6cps

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 bachelor degree in a related discipline including health sciences, allied health, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, humanities, arts, law, social sciences, political sciences, policy analysis, international development, social work, marketing, communication, journalism, education, from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

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).

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