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Key details

Duration

1.5 year/s full-time
3 year/s part-time
1.5 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
Onshore - Semester 1
Offshore - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

120

Course code

SHRES1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

Our Master of Health Research course will equip you with advanced knowledge and skills in health research design and practice, including the ability to plan and implement a substantial research project. This course uniquely provides the opportunity to learn from acclaimed Menzies School of Health Research professionals and supervisors in the specialist areas of Indigenous health, public health and global health.

You will acquire theoretical and practical capabilities in: epidemiology; biostatistics; quantitative and qualitative research methods. Following completion of the Master of Health Research you may proceed, with approval, to Higher Degree Research (PhD) training.

Career opportunities for graduates include the areas of health research and professional public health practice.

This course requires a high level of academic reading and writing. The University's academic support services are on hand should you need support.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

 

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $29,520.00. This equates to $3,690.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study health at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous health, tropical medicine and other issues of regional and national importance

What will I study?

The Master of Health Research is a one and a half year course. The core units cover the essential knowledge and skills of health research and the choice of specialist electives provide you with opportunities to explore various areas of health research and public health.

Course structure

The research project enables you to plan and implement a substantial research based project in the area of health, under the supervision of an experienced researcher. Delivered externally online; some units are offered with an internal/on campus option.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 120 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core
(5 units)
50 Compulsory Core units totalling 50 credit points as detailed below:

PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
PHM552 Epidemiology
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)
 

Specialist Electives
(3 units)
30

Specialist Elective units from ANY of the following streams totalling 30 credit points:

Health Research Stream
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases

Public Health Stream
PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM567 Public Health
PHM592 Global Health
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

Research
(1-2 units)
40

Research units totalling 40 credit points:

2 x PHM820 Research Project (Part Time) (20 credit point repeatable unit)
Or
1 x PHM840 Research Project (Full Time) (40 credit points)

Course Total 120  

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
 

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area.

DOMESTIC STUDENTS (Note: student visa holders must follow the International student study plan provided for INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS below)

Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM526 Research Design CO PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)   CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM553 Biostatistics CO
Specialist Elective 1  SE PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021) CO
Specialist Elective 2 SE Specialist Elective 3 SE
Year 2
PHM840 Research Project (40cp) R    

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability

Semester 1 Semester 2
PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM567 Public Health
PHM592 Global Health
 
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International student visa holders are required to enrol internally in a full-time load each semester and follow the relevant study plan provided below.

Full-time Study Plan for International Students

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM526 Research Design CO PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)   CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM553 Biostatistics CO
PHM592 Global Health SE PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021) CO
Online Specialist Elective* SE Online Specialist Elective* SE
Year 2
PHM840 Research Project (40cp) R    

*SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability

Semester 1 Semester 2
PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM567 Public Health
 
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

 

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area.

DOMESTIC STUDENTS (Note: there is no intake for international student visa holders in Semester 2)

Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)   CO
    PHM553 Biostatistics CO
    PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021) CO
    Specialist Elective 1 SE
Year 2
PHM526 Research Design CO PHM840 Research Project (40cp) R
PHM552 Epidemiology  CO    
Specialist Elective 2 SE    
Specialist Elective 3 SE    

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability

Semester 1 Semester 2
PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM567 Public Health
PHM592 Global Health
 
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • a recognised bachelor degree or a graduate diploma or masters degree in a related area; or
  • a recognised bachelor degree plus an honours degree or a graduate diploma or masters degree in a non-related area.

Related areas include: public health, health science, primary health care, medicine, social science or health promotion.

Applicants who have completed Charles Darwin University's Graduate Certificate of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control (UIDPC1) or Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology (UEPID1) are also eligible for entry.

International entry pathway

International Pathway

Applicants who have completed the CDU International Masters Qualifying Program (ZMQP01) or the Accelerated International Masters Qualifying Program (ZAMQP1) are eligible for entry.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

I've had the unique opportunity to explore tropical and rural health, which I may not have had the exposure to had I studied elsewhere.

Katie

CDU Student

Nursing student on campus with laptop

Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Master of Health Research
Faculty/College
Menzies School of Health Research
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health, Public Health

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
1CM101
823230
Casuarina campus (FF)
1CM601
873230
Online (CSP)
1CM101
823230
Online (FF)
1CM601
873230
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101053

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