Research degrees

Research degrees

Research Support Unit | Choosing a topic | Participation in research | Supervision | Applying for a research degree | International students | Costs

Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)
Master of Philosophy (Nursing)
Doctor of Philosophy

"Within a research intensive university, Sydney Nursing School values the development of a strong research community among staff and students and encourages cross-disciplinary and collaborative research. We enjoy an increasing international reputation in research with success in competitive peer-reviewed research funding, including nationally competitive grant funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council. In the recently announced Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings we received the highest possible score indicating that our research is 'well above world class'."
       — Professor Jill White, Dean

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Research Support Unit

The School's research support team aims to strengthen and grow research within Sydney Nursing School by fostering a supportive environment for research academics, early career researchers, and research students.

If you wish to undertake a research degree at Sydney Nursing School, you have the opportunity to work with staff in a number of different research areas. See our strategic research priorities.

Choosing a topic

You need to decide on a topic or area of study before you apply for a research degree. That way, you can attach the research proposal as part of the application procedure. It is also essential that you discuss the proposed research project with an academic member of staff and/or a preferred supervisor before you complete the application form.

To assist with choosing a topic and supervisor, you may like to explore the research interests of the academic staff of the faculty or visit Research Supervisor Connect.

Further information on preparing a research proposal may be obtained by contacting the School.

Participation in research

You are encouraged to participate regularly in the University's and the School's research forums and conferences as active members of the research community.

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

As a research student, you are also expected to present your work to your peers at least once a year in research forums. This is a great opportunity to further develop and test your work.

All higher degree research students (Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy) must also complete an annual progress report and interview.


A supervisor, who will usually be a member of the academic staff of the faculty, will be appointed for each student. In accordance with University policy, one or more associate supervisors will also be appointed. These supervisors are normally identified during consultations prior to admission to the research degree.

Applying for a research degree

All applications must be made online. You can also upload certified copies of your documentation and any other forms required as part of the online application process.

Documentation and attachments

You need to supply the following documentation at the same time that you submit your application:

  • curriculum vitae (CV)
  • original academic transcripts
  • proof of ID (eg passport or birth certificate)
  • proof of current nurse registration
  • research proposal*

*The research proposal takes the form of a two-page putline of the proposed research topic. There are faculty guidelines to help you with this.


The Federal Government's Research Training Scheme (RTS) provides exemptions for Commonwealth-funded higher degree students for the duration of an accredited higher degree course.

Domestic students

Domestic Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) students may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported place (CSS) for the duration of this course. Please contact the faculty for further information.

International students

International students should refer to the course fees in the International Student Office website.

Combined Board / Divisional Student Administration

Higher degree research student candidature is overseen by the Combined Board of Postgraduate Studies. The Combined Board is supported by a Postgraduate Student Services Unit which provides administration support for Sydney Medical School, Sydney Nursing School and the faculties of Dentistry and Pharmacy. The unit is located at Sydney Medical School. All administrative services such as applications for admission, variation of candidature eg changes of supervisors, requests for suspension or extension and thesis submission are conducted through the Student Services Unit

Postgraduate Student Administration
Edward Ford Building – A27
University of Sydney
NSW Australia 2006
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