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What will I learn?

Achieve your dream of a doctorate in nursing and midwifery – even if you don’t have a research background. We’ll teach you important research techniques before you begin a PhD in Nursing & Midwifery.

Integrated PhD in Nursing & Midwifery at VU

Our integrated program offers an alternative path to a doctoral degree in Nursing and Midwifery. During your first year, you’ll learn best-practice research methods. On passing the first-year components with a 70% average, you’ll begin your own original research, graduating in the standard timeframe.

We’ll continue to support you throughout your research in community, clinical-practice, education or policy areas. Our connections with local, medical and government organisations give you real-world research opportunities. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, our nursing research was ranked ‘well above’ world standard.

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 local-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 adviser.

Course structure

To attain the award of Doctor of Philosophy through undertaking the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) students will be required to complete in total 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 72 credit points of Core studies in Year 1
  • 24 credit points of Elective studies in Year 1
  • 288 credit points of Thesis units as per standard PhD

Which department am I in?

VU Research

CRICOS

088591M

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,400.00 (17,27,173) per year
AUD $15,700 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

July 2022

Venue

Victoria University

Footscray Park campus,

Ballarat Road,

FOOTSCRAY,

Victoria,

3011, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,400.00 (17,27,173) per year
AUD $15,700 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

July 2022

Venue

St Albans Campus

McKechnie Street,

ST ALBANS,

Victoria,

3021, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree or a master’s 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: Test score of 79. Section score no less than: Listening: 19, Speaking: 19, Reading: 18, Writing: 22. Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score 58-64 (with 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.

For international students

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

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Victoria University

With over 100 years of educational prestige, Victoria University has earned its spot in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

  • Top 2% university globally (Times Higher Education 2021)
  • Revolutionary Block Model learning methods
  • VU ranked #1 nationally for Employability Skills
  • #3 in Australia for Learner Engagement (SES 2020)