Bachelor of Arts and Master of Nursing

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

This combined degree allows you to study an undergraduate degree in arts, selecting from over 50 humanities and social science areas. Choose to combine a Master of Nursing with a Bachelor of Arts, offering the opportunity to study subjects such as languages, economics, performance studies, social policy, government and international relations, Indigenous Australian studies and film studies. Beginning in second year studies will include units in postgraduate nursing, gaining a broad interdisciplinary understanding in both humanities and health.

Completion of this degree allows you to apply to become a registered nurse in Australia. You will be eligible to apply for registration as a nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and have a wide range of career choices in clinical and non-clinical settings. 

Developing skills for leadership in nursing, you will learn to understand the impact of your practice within local and global health contexts, across changing healthcare systems. At Sydney Nursing School, we are committed to developing research and using it as a basis for clinical decision making, in turn improving patient experience and outcomes. Joining students from varied undergraduate degrees, you will engage in debate in our vibrant learning environment. 

Study over four years full-time, or eight years part-time. Teaching takes place in lectures, tutorials and simulation clinics and in clinical placements across Sydney, New South Wales or even further afield. 

Inherent Requirements for Nursing courses

Course outline

Unit of Study information

Study plan

Students complete a total of 192 credit points (cp) to be awarded the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Nursing combined degree, including 96cp from the Bachelor of Arts and 96cp from the Master of Nursing . First year of this combined degree requires 48cp of studies exclusively in the Bachelor of Arts. Over second and third years, students continue to study 48cp of arts subject areas (24cp each year) including a Table A major. The Master of Nursing units of study are introduced from second year. Students are expected to complete their arts degree before continuing to the fourth and final year of their combined degree. Fourth year involves studies entirely in the Master of Nursing. Students will be placed within a clinical school and undertake units of study and four weeks of clinical placements in their chosen area. All students must also meet other requirements for this combined degree as outlined in the course resolutions.

Majors

What is a major?

Completion of a Table A major in the Bachelor of Arts is a requirement of this combined degree. A major from Table A is offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. For further information please refer to the Bachelor of Arts.

Core majors

Optional majors

Further course information

Progression rules

(1) Candidates are required to complete their first 48 credit points with an average mark of at least 65 to remain in the combined degree program. Candidates who do not achieve this mark may not continue in the program; however, they may elect to transfer to the single Bachelor of Arts degree.
(2) Candidates may not commence Master of Nursing units of study until satisfactorily completing 48 credits points in the Bachelor of Arts component. The Bachelor of Arts component must be completed before continuing to the fourth and final year of the combined degree.
(3) All candidates must successfully complete all first year Master of Nursing units of study before progressing to second year Master of Nursing units of study.
(4) In exceptional circumstances a candidate may be allowed to progress to the next stage with approval by the Dean of the Sydney Nursing School.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject and may contribute to the completion of a major. Electives can be selected from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or from other faculties and schools within the university, subject to permission from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Sydney Nursing School.

Course opportunities

The Master of Nursing component of this course requires completion of clinical placements which prepare graduates for professional practice. Students undertake more than 800 hours of clinical placements over their course of study and practise skills in the Sydney Nursing School's clinical laboratories and high fidelity simulation wards. During the final year of the course, students complete a four week clinical placement in an area in which they may choose to specialise in: paediatrics, mental health, high acuity, or clinical nursing. Due to the requirements of professional practice and the integrated structure of the course, exchange units of study in both arts and nursing are not available.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Nursing combined degree will be eligible to apply for registration to practise as a nurse in Australia.

As a graduate of this course you will be highly employable in both clinical and non-clinical settings such as media and communications, in research, government and public institutions, community organisations and private sectors.

Course accreditation

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, the accrediting body for professional nursing practice in Australia. In addition to nursing, students are encouraged to become members of professional associations concerned with their arts areas of study. Association membership for students is often heavily discounted and may provide: opportunities for networking; conferences on topical issues providing local and international perspectives; research on areas of practice, quality and innovation; interest groups in specific areas of industry; regular journals and other publications; access to current salary information based on surveys conducted by the association; advice on workplace agreements; events offering professional development and ongoing learning; scholarships, awards and prizes; further study (including short courses, professional accreditation programs, or postgraduate qualifications).

Further study

Graduates of this course who wish to further their studies in may choose from a broad range of courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Sydney Nursing School.

Sydney Nursing School offers a range of advanced learning postgraduate specialty nursing programs, including cancer and haematology nursing , clinical nursing , clinical trials practice , emergency nursing , intensive care nursing , mental health nursing and nurse practitioner.

Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

About honours

Honours is available in the Bachelor of Arts component of this combined degrees and may be undertaken at the end of the final year of this combined degree. The Bachelor of Arts honours year is both a preparation for postgraduate study and a capstone to an undergraduate degree. Honours can be the culmination of your formal education, an experience that extends your intellectual range, hones your research abilities, as well as analytical and communication techniques and helps you to develop the personal and professional skills needed to see a research project though to completion. Honours can also be the first step on a path to a career as an academic or professional researcher. The Arts honours year comprises seminar classes and work toward a short thesis on an independent research project under the supervision of an academic staff member who is an expert in the field of your research.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.
In addition, it is required that applicants have the ability to undertake clinical placements and the School’s Clinical Policy contains further details of the requirements.
Please note this course is not available to applicants who are already registered to practise as a nurse in an Australian state or territory.

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Ancillary expenses for international students

You will be required to purchase a uniform which must be worn on clinical placements and you will need to factor in travel costs to clinical placements.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees

For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees commencing in 2017, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.