The Master of Nursing is a 54-unit program offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The program is intended for nurses whose personal, professional or research interests include contributing to the present and future development of health care services and the nursing profession.

The Master of Nursing has been developed in conjunction with the industry to meet the needs of nurses who work across a broad range of specialisations and health care environments.

Students will choose to apply for one of the two following pathways:

  1. Master of Nursing (Coursework and Research)
  2. Master of Nursing (Coursework and Specialisation),

choosing one of the following specialisations:

Acute Care Nursing specialisations

Primary Health Care specialisations  

Global Health Care specialisation

with the following pathways:

  • Leading Quality and Safety
  • International Health Care
  • Learning and Teaching

Specialisations marked with * are available to international students only

Not all specialisations will be available in any given year or semester.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification and must be registered nurses in Australia. Applicants who are registered as nurses in a country other than Australia must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification and may be admitted to certain specialisations as indicated.

However, the Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Completion of this course will not lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Additional information about admission requirements for each specialisation can be found by clicking on the specialisation links provided below.

Course aims

The aims of the course are to provide advanced studies in nursing practice and research to prepare nurses to contribute to the present and future development of health care services and the nursing profession.

Learning outcomes 

Graduates of this course are expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate specialist nursing skills and competencies
  • critique practice through critical reflection and evidence-based nursing practice
  • critique the delivery of specialist nursing care in a range of health care communities and environments
  • contribute to advancing nursing knowledge and practice through research
  • provide nursing leadership in a range of healthcare communities and environments

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Nursing, a student must complete 54 units with a grade of Pass, NGP or better in each of the topics, according to one of the following pathways: