Master of Nursing
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Nursing can be undertaken full-time over two years or part-time over four years. This graduate entry program delves into many of the important aspects of the changing nature of the health care system. Nurses, along with the other skilled health professionals, are required to consider their profession within both local and global contexts, dealing with 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.
A significant component of the course involves participation in off-campus clinical placements. You will complete more than 900 clinical hours during your degree. Before each clinical placement you will practise your skills in the School’s clinical labs and high fidelity simulation wards.
The Master of Nursing, studies 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
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- NURS5002 - Social Contexts of Health
- NURS5006 - Illness Experience and Nursing Care
- NURS5081 - Introduction to Nursing Practice
- NURS5082 - Developing Nursing Practice
- NURS5083 - Human Bioscience in Health
- NURS5084 - Nursing the Acutely Ill Person
- NURS5085 - Mental Health Nursing Practice
- NURS5086 - Drug Therapy,Disease & Nursing Practice
- NURS6001 - Nursing Observations and Bio Parameters
- NURS6004 - Nursing and the Politics of Health Care
- NURS6008 - Inquiry and Research in Nursing
- NURS6018 - Care and Chronic Conditions
- NURS6019 - High Acuity Nursing
- NURS6022 - Community Health Nursing
- NURS6023 - Professional Practice of Nursing
- NURS6024 - Global Health and Nursing
- NURS6025 - Nursing Practice (Mental Health Option)
- NURS6026 - Nursing Practice (Paediatric Option)
- NURS6027 - Nursing Practice (High Acuity Option)
- NURS6028 - Nursing Practice (Clinical Nursing Opt)
Further course information
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. Much of these placements are usually done 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.
In the final year of study, you will be placed within a clinical school and undertake units of study and your clinical placements alongside Sydney Medical School medical students. You can choose one of the four new clinical placement options as the followings:
• Mental Health
• High Acuity
• Clinical Nursing
For these options you will undertake four weeks of clinical placement in your chosen area. You might like to choose an option in which you may wish to practise when you graduate.
(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
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. Nurses also work in the pharmaceutical industry, clinical research trials and other health-related fields.
Graduates of this course are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia which specifies certain conditions that applicants for registration as a nurse are required to meet.
Sydney Nursing School offers a range of advanced learning postgraduate courses in various areas of nursing including cancer and haematology nursing , clinical nursing , clinical trials practice , emergency nursing , intensive care nursing , mental health nursing and nurse practitioner. Master’s degrees include capstone projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Nursing will hold:
(a) a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
(b) a Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, or equivalent qualification, and relevant work experience.
This course is not available to applicants who are registered to practise as a nurse in an Australian state or territory. Qualifications used as the basis of admission must have been completed less than ten years prior to application. Qualifications older than ten years will be considered at the discretion of the dean.
In addition to these requirements, this course requires applicants to have the ability to undertake clinical placements. The school’s Clinical Policy contains further details of the requirements.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Sydney Nursing School. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 1 December.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
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 2013 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 2012 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 2013, 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 2012 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 tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2013, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are 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.
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.