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Master of Health (Research) - 135JA

Course Code: 135JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Faculty of Health
CRICOS Code: 069272F
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Hone your skills as a health researcher

If you’re an experienced graduate of a health-related discipline and looking to evaluate and explore the evidence for practice, develop and conduct health research, then the Master of Health (Research) is the course that will help you gain the qualifications to be recognised as a research specialist.

This course is available either as a research-only pathway, or a coursework and research program. It can be taken as an intensive 2- year course, or part-time online course. Each research project will be planned, developed and carried out under the supervision of a leading academic or industry partner in the field.

This course is designed specifically to help you develop the critical research skills and experience needed to research the health field of your choice.

Upon completion of this course, you will have written and produced a thoroughly researched and documented a research paper or thesis and have it made available for presentation purposes and peer review.

Study a Graduate Certificate in Health Research at UC and you will:

  • develop a focused, answerable research question, plan a research project, develop an ethics proposal
  • use qualitative and quantitative research methods and use that information to undertake a systematic literature review at a master’s degree level
  • plan develop and conduct research to answer your research question
  • evaluate and understand the scientific literature in your field to gain advanced knowledge of current trends and future research options
  • develop the skills necessary to communicate the results of your work
  • deliver a well-researched and documented research paper or thesis
  • become recognised for your research in this field.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL is a significant component of the UC experience, and as part of this course, students will have in-depth, hands-on support from leading industry academics, as well as access to the university’s professional and industry contacts to help you develop and research your health topic of choice.

Career opportunities

A Master of Health (Research) will lead you into a career as a specialist health professional and as a result, can then open further career options as an expert advisor and consultant in health or health-related fields for both government and private health sectors.

Completion of this course also offers a direct pathway into a Ph.D. in Health, through criteria-based transfer or further study.

Course-specific information

Candidates wishing to apply for the Master of Health (Research) must show evidence of the following:

  • recognised undergraduate health sciences degree at honours level or
  • recognised health science degree and health experience, with demonstrated capacity and/or aptitude for research
  • approval of your study plans with a supervising academic.

Two or more years of relevant work experience in health would be an advantage. If you have no prior research training, we would advise undertaking the combined coursework/research training option in the course.


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Admission Requirements

A recognised undergraduate health sciences degree at honours level or other approved degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution with demonstrated capacity and/or aptitude for research.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students commencing in semester 2 can enrol part-time only.

Candidates are also required to complete a Research Education Program that will enable them to acquire the generic skills and attributes identified as appropriate for graduates of postgraduate research programs at the University of Canberra.

Assumed Knowledge


Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2

Course Requirements

Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Health (Research) M Health(Rsch)

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.
      Research: The unit is research focused. Attendance at regular classes in not required, however on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course based on a full time load. Domestic students should note that you are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for your fees for the standard duration of your course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the fee rate for the current year, noting that fees are indexed annually. Further information on fees for higher degree by research students can be found here.

Professional Accreditation


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
To be competent in developing an answerable research question, planning a research project, developing an ethics proposal, using qualitative and/or quantitative research methods and undertaking a systematic literature review and focussed research project at a Masters degree level. 1,2,3,4,5,6,9,10
To demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the scientific literature in their field of study and be aware of current or potential areas of contention likely to form the focus of future research in their field. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
To develop the skills necessary for communicating the results of their work effectively to other professionals in their field of study. 1,2,3,4,5,6,9,10

Course Duration

Standard duration four semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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