Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing and Midwifery

Victoria University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 084116D

Level of study: Postgraduate


Become a leading researcher and contribute positive changes to health care, health policy, and our communities through your PhD in Nursing & Midwifery.

PhD in Nursing & Midwifery at VU

Studying towards a doctoral degree in nursing and midwifery lets you explore, in-depth, an area that interests you. You’ll learn best-practice research methods, and complete an original thesis at the forefront of its field.

In the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, our nursing research was ranked ‘well above’ world standard. We support PhD research in the community, clinical practice, education and policy. We have connections with community, medical and government organisations – for real-world research opportunities.

You’ll graduate with the high-level skills to collect and analyse evidence. You’ll learn to present your findings clearly and effectively – in your thesis, journals and public presentations. Career opportunities include working in healthcare management, academia, government or community settings.

Nursing & midwifery research areas

Your PhD in nursing and midwifery will be part of a collaborative research community, with several interdisciplinary research focus areas.

Our healthy populations research programs give you a wide selection of nursing and midwifery study topics. Nursing academics offer expert guidance in these areas:

  • chronic disease prevention and management
  • health policy in Australia
  • clinical and community health
  • lifestyle diseases.

Careers in nursing and midwifery practice and policy

Following your PhD, you’ll be ready for a management or research career in health care, government or community, or to become an academic. There are currently large demands for nurse educators and managers.

Possible job titles following this PhD include:

  • nursing manager
  • nursing educator
  • clinical nurse specialist
  • lecturer
  • policy advise

Course structure

The PhD is a research based degree with a maximum duration of 4 years (full time) and 8 years (part time).
As well as enrolling in Research Thesis units Doctor of Philosophy (Science) students will be required to complete two coursework units, ROP8001 and ROP8002.

An average result of 70% is required in the compulsory coursework units in order to proceed to candidature confirmation. Ongoing progression is subject to policy and procedures for candidature management as per the VU HDR Policy.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
31,400 Per Year
Read more15,700 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Feb 2022
Jul 2022
4 years Full time St Albans Campus
McKechnie Street
Melbourne Victoria 3021

Entry criteria

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree, or a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79 (Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58 (no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved


Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011
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