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Monash University

Master of Practice Development

Course code: 3872 ~ Course abbreviation: MPD ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 3 semesters full-time, 6 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

Off-campus (Peninsula)

Course description

The field of practice development is an expanding international framework which is being introduced within health and other practice settings as an avenue for creating and sustaining change in patient/client delivery and outcomes. This course is offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Course objectives

On completion of the course students will be expected to be able to: analyse the philosophical intent and broad theoretical approaches that inform practice development; critically appraise concepts associated with quantitative and qualitative research methods; demonstrate practice development methods and strategies of facilitation and critical reflection that enhance practitioner knowledge and skills for improving effectiveness of patient/client care; generate discourse on practice improvement using a practice development framework; design a research project that shows an in-depth understanding of practice development processes.

Course structure

Students complete three core units in first year. In second year, they can choose to undertake a research project entailing a 24-point minor thesis or 24 points of coursework elective units.

Course requirements

Year 1

Core units
  • GHS9841 Research methods and issues
  • MPD5001 Practice development methodologies and implementation strategies

Year 2

or two electives from:

  • GHS9850 Nursing practice and management
  • NUR9215 Advanced nursing practice in context
  • NUR9842 Graduate nursing studies: caring nursing


Assessment is based on a range of activities such as reflective journals, supervised practice, work-based learning, action learning groups, online forums, presentation of scholarly reports and publications, and development of research projects.

Contact details

Administrative officer (postgraduate): telephone +61 3 9904 4156; fax: +61 3 9904 4130 or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Jenny Newton