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The Master of Nursing is a 54-unit course, comprising of four pathways directed towards Coursework, Clinical and Research or a combination of these areas, and is offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold a nursing degree or an equivalent qualification approved by the Faculty Board, be registered general nurses, and hold a current practising certificate and have at least two years' post-registration nursing experience.

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

International applicants undertaking a specialisation that requires them to be registered general nurses must meet the eligibility requirements for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and be registered with the Board before commencing the course.

Master of Nursing specialisations may have additional admission requirements. 

Course aims

The aims of the course are to provide advanced studies in nursing and 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:

  • influence and improve the nature and quality of nursing practice
  • provide leadership and exert a positive influence on the health of the community
  • advance nursing knowledge and practice research
  • demonstrate specialist nursing skills and competencies
  • analyse and critique their practice through application of principles of critical reflection and evidence-based nursing practice
  • analyse and critique delivery of specialist nursing care in the current health care context.

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 the program of study below.

Except with the permission of the Faculty Board:

  • no topic may be attempted more than twice;
  • a student may not include a topic that repeats work previously undertaken;
  • the program must be completed full-time within three consecutive semesters or part-time within eight consecutive semesters. 

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 9 units or more, or failure to complete the course within four consecutive years, may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purpose of the University’s Policy on Student Progress.


Students must complete ONE of the following pathways:

  1. Master of Nursing  (Coursework)
  2. Master of Nursing  (Coursework and Clinical)
  3. Master of Nursing  (Coursework and Research)
  4. Master of Nursing  (Clinical and Research)

Students undertaking Master of Nursing (Coursework) or the Master of Nursing (Coursework and Clinical) will be required to complete core topics, elective topics, a nursing practice project, and/or specialisations.

Students opting for Master of Nursing (Coursework and Research), or the Master of Nursing (Clinical and Research) pathway need to complete core research topics, a research project and/or specialisation(s).


Some specialisations have a professional experience component which is offered either in conjunction with or as a negotiated placement in a participating hospital or health agency.

The pathway and specialisation(s) that have been completed as part of the requirements for the degree are identified on the student's transcript of academic record on completion of the course.