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.

Make a lasting difference. The combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Nursing program develops analytical and critical capabilities alongside the skills and expertise you need to become a registered nurse. It opens up a wide range of career opportunities across both clinical and non-clinical settings.

As an arts and nursing student, you will learn from leaders in the humanities and healthcare disciplines, gaining a broad interdisciplinary knowledge alongside leadership and critical thinking skills. The Master of Nursing combines hands-on learning with more than 800 hours of clinical placements to develop a comprehensive understanding of professional nursing practice. You will learn to understand the impact of nursing practice within local and global health contexts, and across changing healthcare systems. Upon graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Complementing your nursing studies, the Bachelor of Arts allows you to explore your passions, interests and ambitions as you develop all-round professional capabilities. The University offers more than 15 languages at beginner and advanced level, along with choices in 45 other areas including economics, theatre and performance studies, social policy, international relations, Indigenous studies and film studies.

You can complete this combined degree program in four years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. With a diverse range of experience and expertise, you will be highly employable in both clinical and non-clinical settings spanning nursing and healthcare, media and communications, government, community organisations and research.

Important information

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirementsfor coursework in nursing.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student’s ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.


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.

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.

Course opportunities

The Master of Nursing component of this course requires completion of clinical placements that 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

Registered nurse in a range of healthcare settings and highly employable in a range of non‑clinical settings including government, non-government organisations, business, education and research.

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

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.


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 Handbooks Online 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.

Assumed knowledge

Depends on Arts subjects chosen. Most subject areas in Arts require no previous knowledge.

Ancillary expenses

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

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 that must be worn on clinical placements and you will need to factor in travel costs to clinical placements.