Master of Philosophy (Nursing)

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The Master of Philosophy (Nursing) is a research degree awarded for a thesis focusing on research into aspects of nursing practice. Some coursework in research techniques may be required but in no case is this a major component of the degree. Candidates work individually on a research project under the direction of supervisors appointed by the School.

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Admission requirements

To enrol in this degree you need a bachelor's degree with first or upper second-class honours (2nd Class, Division 1) or a master's degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualifications from another university or institution, and be registered or eligible to register to practise nursing in Australia. Post-registration nursing experience is also required.

If you intend to APPLY ONLINE for candidature you must upload a detailed research proposal with your online application. Guides on how to apply for domestic and international students can be found here:

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The Master of Philosophy is a research-based degree assessed by thesis. You must write a thesis of approximately 60,000 words on a topic of your choice. During your candidature, you will work closely with your supervisors who must be consulted regularly about the general planning of the thesis and the work in progress.

Research workshops are run at the beginning of Semester 1 and the end of Semester 2 and you are strongly encouraged to attend. A variety of guest speakers with expertise in a range of research areas will present during these workshops.

You are expected to present your work to your peers at least once per full-time equivalent year of your candidature in research forums.


If you are enrolled in a Master of Philosophy (Nursing) you are required to have an annual review/interview regarding your progress.

This review will provide you with the opportunity to discuss any difficulties you may be experiencing as part of your candidature, or with any aspect of your research. This could cover issues related to time-management, difficulties with data collection or analysis, the supervisory relationship or School support and infrastructure.

It is important to check your University of Sydney email account regularly, as this is the channel of communication from Sydney Nursing School with regard to possible changes to the timetable.