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RMIT University

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PhD (Nursing)

  • Doctorate (PhD)

Use your advanced research skills to contribute to new developments in nursing and health care delivery.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
3 - 4 years full-time, 6 - 8 years part-time
Course Code
DR225, 079729F
Study Mode
In person
International Fees
$30,720 per year / $92,160 total

About this course

Use your advanced research skills to contribute to new developments in nursing and health care delivery.

The School of Health and Biomedical Sciences conducts research in the area of ageing and chronic disease, including:

  • evaluation of interventions for preventing, diagnosing and treating chronic health issues
  • health equity for vulnerable populations
  • mental health, particularly health risk and health-seeking behaviours
  • public health and health services.

You will undertake clinical or experimental research in one of these fields with an individual supervisor overseeing your development and progress.

Research is undertaken in a strongly multi-disciplinary environment that brings clinical and basic researchers together to undertake novel research at the boundaries between disciplines.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to a PhD program are:

  • a bachelor degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a distinction average in the final year; or
  • a master degree that includes a research component comprised of at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent) with an overall distinction average or a master degree without a research component with at least a high distinction average; or
  • evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.

At RMIT a grade of distinction represents academic achievement of 70% or higher and a high distinction is 80% or higher.

If you are a current master by research candidate, you are able to apply for a transfer to a doctor of philosophy program through the process prescribed in the RMIT Higher Degree by Research policy and processes.

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