During the course of study graduate nursing students will undertake a dissertation,
thesis or research portfolio within the School of Nursing. This gives students the
opportunity to research a nursing and healthcare problem using principles and methodologies
developed within the postgraduate diploma, bachelor (honours) and masters courses.
By doing a thesis, dissertation or research portfolio students should master skills
- developing a research proposal to explore a specific research question
- identifying and accessing the resources necessary to undertake the research
- reviewing and analysing relevant literature
- depending on whether the project is a dissertation, thesis or portfolio, choosing
a research methodology appropriate to the problem and rigorously applying that methodology
whether it be qualitative, quantitative or conceptual
- reporting the project particularly its purpose, backgrounds, method, findings, conclusions,
For more details please download
Postgraduate Research Handbook(576.0KB PDF)
The research component of a masters degree varies, but in all cases successful
masters research requires demonstration of:
- evidence of independent thought
- an ability to evaluate critically the findings and discussion in the relevant literature
- an ability to engage in rigorous analysis, criticism and problem-solving
- mastery of the conventions of the discipline at a high level.
- confident handling
of theoretically sophisticated material.