Postgraduate Research

Research degree study

Undertake a Doctor of Philosophy or a Master of Philosophy and contribute to professional practice, service delivery, or health policy in nursing.

Join our nursing research community, which is dedicated to improving health and health outcomes through research. Our researchers, as part of the University’s Division of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, are an integral part of the wider health research network at the University of Sydney. In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, Sydney Nursing School received the highest possible score, indicating that our research is “well above world class”.

We are committed to excellence in postgraduate research. Your research work will by guided by a team of supervisors, who through their own research are actively contributing to the development of new knowledge and understanding in nursing and health.

As part of your research training, you will have the opportunity to build your research skills through attending workshops and undertaking relevant coursework.

Our higher degree research programs are flexible, so you can choose to study full or part-time, or a combination of both throughout your research degree.

Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy is a higher research degree awarded for a thesis focusing on research into aspects of nursing or midwifery. You will work closely with your supervisors with whom you will consult regularly about the general design, planning, conduct and progress of your research and the preparation of your written thesis.

The length of the master’s thesis varies but would not be expected to exceed 60,000 words. You may be required to undertake some coursework to support the development of your research skills and improve your understanding of research methods as part of your candidature.

This program can be studied over two years full-time or four years part-time, allowing you to fit research around your work and life commitments.

Find out how to apply.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy is a higher research degree awarded for a thesis considered to make a substantial and original contribution to knowledge. You will work closely with your supervisors, with whom you will consult regularly about the general design, planning, conduct and progress of your research and the preparation of your written thesis.

The length of the doctoral thesis varies but would not be expected to exceed 80,000 words. You may be required to undertake some coursework to support the development of your research skills and improve your understanding of research methods as part of your candidature.

This program can be studied over four years full-time, or eight years part-time allowing you to fit research around your work and life commitments.

Find out how to apply.