Master of Science (Health Science)

Improved healthcare for regional communities

Do you have a passion for improving the health of our regional and rural communities?

When you study a Master of Science (Health Science) at Southern Cross University, you’ll be contributing to a key area of research in the Faculty of Health.

The Faculty has a large regional footprint that extends from Coffs Harbour to the Gold Coast and across all facets of regional and rural health.

Other targeted research areas include multidisciplinary approaches in health and human sciences, and research training under the broad areas of nursing and midwifery, health workforce development, brain, behaviour and cognition, social perception, and exercise, health and human performance.

Academic staff in the Faculty of Health can provide supervision for various discipline areas. Please search for a supervisor on our Find a Supervisor page.

Meet your supervisors

Man operating equipment with sportswoman exercising in background

Research Highlight: A study by Southern Cross University researchers looking at older adults who move to independent living units in regional Australia was published in the Australian Journal of Psychology. The study found that any sense of loss of day-to-day autonomy, privacy and purpose was compensated by increased feelings of safety and security.


FacultyDurationLocationCRICOS CodeContact
Faculty of Health  2 years Lismore, Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour 059882G Professor John Hurley


A Masters by Thesis work must show evidence of competence in research and scholarship including:

  1. Reviewing literature in a critical and focused manner
  2. Deploying analytic, comparative and critically reflective skills as appropriate
  3. Gathering and analysing material and interpreting results in an informed and competent manner
  4. Utilising and justifying appropriate methodologies, techniques and processes.

The Thesis must be clearly, accurately and cogently written and suitably documented. The work must demonstrate originality and a thorough understanding of the field of study.

It’s best foot forward for Sayed Ahmed, named an IFAH Top 100 Healthcare Leader for his work on footwear innovation for diabetic patients.

Sayed Ahmed

PhD Candidate

Symposium: Standing on the shoulders of giants

Dr Jo Bradbury: All the presenters were asked to reflect upon the theoretical traditions that their thesis rests upon and to speculate in ways in which their thesis might advance these traditions.

Sayed Ahmed: My PhD subject is on prescribing footwear for people with diabetes and neuropathy to prevent foot ulceration and any related amputation. The reason I chose Southern Cross University to do my PhD because this is the only university in Australia also in the southern hemisphere that covers pedorthics degree and has the right people to work with and supervisors who have the knowledge. The location of the Gold Coast campus is just close to the airport and next to the ocean and also my supervisors they have been greatly helpful for me to explore further into the new area of my research.


Course fees

Domestic students:

Eligible applicants can apply for a Research Training Program-supported place. This will provide a tuition fee offset funded by the Australian Government's Research Training Program. Southern Cross University will then supplement this cost to cover the full program tuition fees.

If unsuccessful in obtaining a Research Training Program place, students may be required to pay fees.

Applications are considered on a case by case basis and the process can be highly competitive.

International students:

Course fees for International Students are $30,000 per annum, unless a tuition fee waiver has been approved as per the below detailed information. 

A request for a tuition fee offset can only be approved by the Dean, Graduate School providing there is support from the Principal Supervisor, DHDRT and Associate Dean (Research). For a request to be considered, the following criteria need to be taken into account:

  • Academic quality of the student is of high standing
  • Appropriate level of English proficiency (International English Language Test Score (IELTS) Academic (or equivalent) equal to or above 7.0, with a minimum 7.0 in Writing and no other band less than 6.5)
  • Expected research outcomes, quality of project and how it fits with the Supervisory team research areas
  • Whether the Faculty and Supervisory team have the resources and facilities to support the project
  • If the HDR applicant is not on a scholarship, evidence must be provided that they can support themselves during their candidature.

The Dean, Graduate School, will assess the request according to these criteria together with the application for admission to candidature and will seek further clarification if the above-mentioned criteria are not satisfied. If the tuition fee offset is approved by the Dean, this is recorded in the Student Administration System and conveyed to the student in the letter of offer for admission to candidature.

Tuition Fee Offsets that are not approved will mean the applicant will be required to pay full fees. If it is not obvious that the HDR applicant’s project will enhance the research output of the University and that of the Supervisory team, fees will apply.

Admission requirements

An application may be submitted at any time.

Admission is subject to availability of facilities and supervision.

Applicants must:

  • Possess a degree equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from the University
  • Satisfy additional requirements, if any, that may be prescribed by the Dean (Graduate Studies).

All candidates are expected to be proficient in English comprehension and expression.

Apply online now

Research proposal

Staff from the Faculty of Health are engaged in a range of research activities across the disciplines of nursing, midwifery, allied health, clinical sciences, clinical exercise physiology, exercise science, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, public health and social sciences.

The Faculty encourages multidisciplinary approaches in health and human sciences research and research training, under the broad areas of:

  • Clinical outcomes
  • Exercise, health and human performance
  • Health workforce development
  • Human behaviour and communications
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Health pedagogical research
  • Mental health and wellbeing.

Contact the Graduate School


T: +61 2 6620 3219

T: +61 2 6626 9186