Master of Health (Research Studies)/PhD

Approved Abbreviation: MHlth(ResSt)/PhD

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4681.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 071122B

The Master of Health (Research Studies)/PhD program is designed for professionals working in a variety of settings including health care services, hospitals, the aged care sector and community organisations, enabling them to effectively assess and respond to emerging health planning and management issues. It allows students to undertake coursework study in areas of discipline specific interest as well as providing appropriate research skills training.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) component provides training and education with the objective of producing graduates with the capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality. A PhD candidate should uncover new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas.

Study Mode
Four and a half years full-time (one and a half years for the Master of Health (Research Studies) plus three years for the PhD).


This course is only available to International students. Please contact the Course Advisor for further information.

Course Structure

The Master of Health (Research Studies)/PhD degree will include a 120 credit point Master degree that has a research training component of one third (40 credit points) with a coursework component of discipline based content of two thirds (80 credit points).

The PhD component of the course will be completed according to the current Doctor of Philosophy policy.

The course will comprise the following

Core Units - 30 credit points

Research Training - 40 credit points

Alternate Health units - 40 credit points

One Elective unit - 10 credit points

Students must successfully complete the following

Core Units - 30 credit points

400967Health Economics and Comparative Health Systems
400778Leadership and the Development of Organisational Capacity
400416Public Health, Policy and Society

Research Training Component - 40 credit points

300398Methods of Researching
400850Professional Topic
300742Science and Health Research Project PG

Note: 300742 Science and Health Research Project is a 20 credit point unit

Alternate Health Units - 40 credit points from the following

400841A Global Perspective on Social Determinants of Health
400840Communicable Diseases
400417Epidemiology and Quantitative Methods
400206Evidence-based Nursing
400418Health Advancement and Health Promotion
400837Health and Socio-political Issues in Aged Care
400843Health Workforce Planning
300391Occupational Health Management
300682Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
300677Safety and Risk Management
400847Surveillance and Disaster Planning

Note: Enrolment in units other than those listed above for the Master of Health (Research Studies) portion may be possible with Director of Academic Program permission.

And one elective unit - 10 credit points

In order for students to progress into the PhD research program, they must have an average grade of 75 percent or greater across all units and have obtained a unit grade of greater than 74 percent for 300742 Science and Health Research Project. The required research HRD documentation will be assessed by the Health and Science Research and Higher Degree Committee.

As part of this evaluation, successful candidature will be dependent on the availability of appropriate topics and available supervision. In order to facilitate this transition, students will be given ongoing academic advice regarding potential doctoral projects during the course of their Master’s study.

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