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Monash University

Master of Nursing (Research)

Course code: 1396 ~ Course abbreviation: MNsg(Research) ~ Total credit points required: 96 ~ 4 semesters full-time, 8 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Gippsland; Peninsula; or approved off-site locations)

Off-campus (Gippsland; Peninsula)

Course description

This is a higher research degree, offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery. The course offers studies in advanced nursing to prepare candidates for positions of leadership roles and positions of responsibility in the health care system. Graduates are often employed in a wide range of senior positions in health care and in educational settings.

Course objectives

Students who have completed the course will demonstrate a thorough understanding of relevant research techniques in their field through a review of the relevant literature. They will demonstrate their ability, under supervision to apply relevant research techniques to their chosen field of study. Students will be able to present high-quality written work suitable for publication in appropriate scholarly journals, and be able to critically evaluate both their own and others' written work in their chosen field. Students will also be able to: 1. identify and define research questions; 2. identify the appropriate research methods to address the research questions; 3. demonstrate mastery of their chosen research methodology/methodologies; 4. demonstrate theoretical knowledge at masters level in their chosen field of nursing; 5. communicate their research findings in a format appropriate to their academic discipline; 6. write up their research into a high quality thesis; and 7. contribute new information or new ways of understanding information in the field of nursing.

Course structure

Candidates will undertake independent research on a topic of interest and develop their critical, conceptual and analytical skills. They are required to complete to submit a major thesis for examination which will communicate the results of research carried out by the candidate under supervision. The thesis will demonstrate the candidate's ability to complete independent research of high quality. Specialist areas of research include community nursing, nurse education, acute care, palliative care, ethical and moral issues, legal issues, rural health care practice, chronic illness, midwifery, mental health, nursing informatics, gerontics and health services operations management.

Course requirements

Students submit a thesis of approximately 70,000 words.

Contact details

Gippsland: administrative officer (postgraduate): telephone +61 3 9902 6441; fax: +61 3 9902 6527

Peninsula: administrative officer (postgraduate): telephone +61 3 9904 4156; fax: +61 3 9904 4655

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Course coordinator

Dr Ken Sellick