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Master of Cancer and Haematology Nursing

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Overview

Designed for registered nurses, the Master of Cancer and Haematology aims to assist nurses who care for people affected by cancer and haematological illness to develop the knowledge and skills for their care. You will investigate the biology of cancer and haematology, associated treatments, and integrated multidisciplinary management.

Cancer is the single largest cause of premature death in Australia, and represents nearly one-fifth of the total burden of disease in the health system. As a cancer and haematology nursing student, you will develop a comprehensive knowledge of the prevention, diagnosis and management of cancer, future treatment trends and explore the impact of these illnesses on the individual, family and community.

During this one and a half year degree, you will be led by leading cancer and haematology care researchers and will learn to make evidence-based decisions using research generated at our Cancer Nursing Research Unit an innovative collaboration between the Sydney Nursing School and the Sydney Local Health District. A work-based project or research thesis will comprise the capstone experience of this degree, providing the opportunity for you to apply your expertise as you explore a particular area of your interest.

With the increasing trends towards both home-based care and intensive treatments such as Stem Cell Transplantation, this course provides a broad range of content across a diverse spectrum of cancer and haematology care and explores the broadening roles for nurses throughout this field. Completion of this degree can also be a pathway into the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

Important information

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses 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.

Specialisations

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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What you'll study

The Master of Cancer and Haematology Nursing may be completed over three semesters full-time or five semesters part-time. The course consists of 60 credit points (cp), including core units of study (48cp) and a capstone (12cp). In the first year, students complete 48cp of core units of study, which include four specialty-specific units for the cancer and haematology courses. Students will undertake a work-based project or a research project as a capstone experience (12cp) and will study part-time in the final semester of their candidature. Following academic consultation, students wishing to undertake the Capstone (Research) may substitute NURS5071 with a research unit offered by the University.

Units of Study

Capstone experience

A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the faculty to provide students with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth. For the Master of Cancer and Haematology Nursing all students either complete a work-based project or a research project as a capstone experience. The independent work required to develop the thesis is under the guidance of a supervisor.

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Cancer and Haematology Nursing will hold:

  • (a) a pre-registration nursing degree with credit average from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
  • (b) an embedded graduate certificate or graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

In addition, the applicant is required to be a registered nurse in Australia or overseas and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements. 

Domestic applicants are required to have a minimum of one year's experience as a registered nurse and be working in cancer and haematology nursing.

International applicants are required to have a minimum of one year’s experience in cancer and haematology nursing.

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.

Future study options

Outstanding graduates who complete the research project as a capstone experience for this course may pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to cancer and haematology nursing.

 

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 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, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately 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.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 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.

Annual review and fee increase


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

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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 Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 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.

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.

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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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, MasterCard or American Express. 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.

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