PhD Research

Subject NURS90034 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Full time or Part time
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s courses. Students who think their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.



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The University of Melbourne

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Subject Overview:

The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is the major research degree offered by the School of Nursing and Social Work. As a PhD candidate you will undertake a substantial piece of original research under academic supervision.

The work submitted must satisfy the examiners that it makes a significant and new contribution to the discipline and communicates research findings effectively in the professional arena and in an international context. Supervision is normally through a supervisory panel with one principal supervisor.

Candidates are encouraged to complete methodological courses of study during their candidature to support the development of research and writing skills.

The normal period of candidature is three years for full-time candidates (6 years of part-time study) with the possibility of two, six-month extensions (or two 12 month extensions for part time candidates).

Objectives: To be advised
Assessment: The PhD degree in nursing is an entirely research-based degree assessed by thesis. Candidates must write a thesis of 80,000 to 100,000 words, which is examined externally.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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