The Graduate Studies Project allows you to take control of your learning, exploring an aspect of healthcare that is relevant to your professional practice. You’ll be able to drive your educational and professional experience into your research, while expanding on and diversifying your appreciation for the topic. Work on a full critical review of the existing literature, identify your own research parameters and present your findings in context.

The project will allow you to call upon essential research skills, as well as deepen your knowledge of your field. You’ll be able to progress in both your career and your studies, with a strong institutional background in an area of expertise. This in-depth study will enhance your credibility as a healthcare leader and pave the way for future opportunities.

This unit is divided into two parts (Part I and II) and should be completed sequentially over two study periods. You will study:

Part I

  • Developing the research question
  • Examining a systematic literature review and how is it done
  • Methodology vs methods
  • Presenting the results
  • Elements of a comprehensive discussion and conclusion section
  • Writing for publication.

Part II

  • Designing a research proposal
  • Analysing and addressing ethical issues involved with research in health
  • Refining and focusing research questions
  • Developing workable hypotheses
  • Project management, milestones and timelines
  • Composing a successful research proposal.


Please refer to the teaching and assessment breakdown for Part I and Part II of this unit.


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Healthcare Leadership.


Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 589 882 for more information based on your particular circumstances.