Master of Nursing

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

This two-year graduate entry program, the first of its kind in Australia, is an intellectually stimulating and challenging nursing program for students who already hold a degree and who want to become a registered nurse in Australia.

The admission process is extremely competitive and the course is capped.

In this program you will look into the many important aspects of the health care system and discover how nurses, along with the other skilled health professionals, are required to consider their profession within both local and global contexts. You will learn about workforce and professional practice issues, increased patient acuity, equity and access issues, concepts of illness and health, and community expectations for health care quality and safety. As the course attracts students from a diverse range of academic disciplines you will be engaging in debate about these issues within a vibrant learning environment.

Throughout the course you will gain extensive nursing clinical practice. You will complete 880 clinical hours during your degree. About half of the nursing subjects involve clinical placements in health facilities, both public and private, and in Sydney Nursing School's clinical laboratories that simulate nursing environments.

The Master of Nursing, studied alone as a graduate entry program or as part of a combined degree, is accredited by the Nurses and Midwives Board, NSW.

Units of study

Further course information

Study plan

The Master of Nursing consists of 96 credit points or 16 units of study. All clinical units of study have external clinical placement experiences in a wide variety of health care settings in both city and rural areas and public and private facilities. You might undertake clinical placements in emergency departments, intensive care units, paediatric units, mental health faculties and community health centres. Many of these placements are usually undertaken outside the normal semester (including approximately 19 weeks in second year). The majority of clinical placements occur within the Sydney metropolitan area. You may also elect to undertake some clinical placements in rural NSW or interstate. You also have the option of undertaking a clinical placement overseas.

http://sydney.edu.au/nursing/course_information/gem/mnursing_clinical_placements.shtml

In the final year of study, you will be placed within a clinical school and undertake units of study and your clinical placements alongside medical students of Sydney Medical School.

In your final year you can choose from four nursing practice options:
• Paediatrics
• Mental Health
• High Acuity
• Clinical Nursing

For these options you will undertake four weeks of clinical placement in your chosen area. These options cover some of the possible areas where you might choose to practise when you graduate.

Progression rules

(1) All candidates enrolled in the Master of Nursing must successfully complete all first year Master of Nursing units of study before progressing to second year Master of Nursing units of study as prescribed in the Unit of Study table for this degree.
(2) Candidates may be permitted to enrol in first year units of study while also enrolled in a normal first year pattern in the Master of Nursing providing the requested units are available in the required semester and the pre-requisites have been met.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates can select from a wide and growing range of practice areas in the public and private health care systems including acute care hospitals, children’s hospitals, trauma and emergency care, mental health nursing, ages care, community nursing, palliative care, home care nursing, drug and alcohol centres, operating rooms and other surgical settings, and rural and remote nursing and international health. Nurses also work in the pharmaceutical industry, clinical research trials and other health-related fields.

Course accreditation

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia which specifies certain conditions that applicants for registration as a nurse are required to meet.

Further study

Sydney Nursing School offers a range of advanced learning postgraduate courses in various specialty areas of nursing including cancer and haematology nursing, advanced nursing practice, clinical trials practice, emergency nursing, intensive care nursing, mental health nursing, nurse practitioner and primary health care nursing. Masters degrees include capstone projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Admission

Admission requirements

In addition to meeting academic requirements, candidates are also required to undertake an interview, as well as a literacy and numeracy test.

You must have a previous Australian level bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline other than nursing. However, overseas nursing qualifications are acceptable. Please contact the faculty to discuss this further.

Qualifications used as the basis of admission must have been completed within 10 years prior to admission.

Qualifications older than 10 years will be considered subject to the applicant providing further information substantiating appropriate further education and development. In these cases, admission will be at the discretion of the Dean. If you do not meet this criterion, you will need to undertake a tertiary unit of study prior to admission. Please contact the faculty to discuss this further.

English requirements
Whether you are a domestic or an international student, if English is not your first language, you are required to complete an IELTS academic exam (or equivalent). You must achieve a score of 7.0 in each band and an overall score of 7.0. You need to complete your IELTS exam (or equivalent) no more than 2 years before you apply for the degree.

If you can provide evidence of satisfactory achievement in tertiary study, in which the language of the institution was English, you may not be required to provide further evidence of English proficiency. We require a letter from the Registrar's office of the university stating that: "The language of the institution (instruction, examination and assessment) was English."

The faculty defines satisfactory achievement as:
A. a degree of three years or more, completed no more than five years prior to admission; or
B. a degree of two years or more, completed no more than three years prior to admission.

For more information please refer to the website:
http://sydney.edu.au/nursing/course_information/gem/mnursing_index.shtml

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are processed by the Direct Admissions Team

Ancillary expenses

Ancillary expenses include a Sydney Nursing School uniform required to be worn on clinical placements, textbooks and possible expenses related to clinical placements outside the Sydney metropolitan region.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Applicants are encouraged to submit completed applications as soon as possible to be considered for an offer. In order for applicants to be considered for interview, your application must be complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Offers will be made in three intake rounds with a
possible late round in January if places are still available.

Round 1
1 June – 20 June 2014
Offers made:
18 – 22 August 2014

Round 2
1 August – 4 September 2014
Offers made:
3 – 10 October 2014

Round 3
5 September – 10 October 2014
Offers made:
10 – 14 November2014

Ancillary expenses for international students

Ancillary expenses include a Sydney Nursing School uniform required to be worn on clinical placements, textbooks and possible expenses related to clinical placements outside the Sydney metropolitan region.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.