Bachelor of Science and Master of Nursing

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

The information on this page relates to the 2017 intake. For information on the 2018 intake, click here.

Become a leader in healthcare and nursing. The combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Nursing program cultivates the critical thinking skills and breadth of the sciences alongside the expertise and experience to become a registered nurse. It provides a wide range of career opportunities across both clinical and non-clinical settings.

As a science and nursing student, you will learn from our leading academics from across the sciences and healthcare disciplines. The Bachelor of Science emphasises fundamental principles and discovery research underpinned by critical analytical capabilities. You can major in one of many areas of science, with elective units allowing you the flexibility to explore different branches and interests. We offer more than 40 study areas, taking you from the nanoscale to the cosmic, from biological to physical and chemical processes as well as preventing diseases in humans, animals and plants.

Leveraging the skills and knowledge of your science degree, 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 gain an understanding of 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.

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.

Ranked 1st in Australia and 13th globally, the University of Sydney is a world leader in nursing education and research. Our Faculty of Science is ranked in the top 50 in the world for natural science, and you will learn from experts in our state-of-the-art facilities including the Sydney Nanoscience Hub and the Charles Perkins Centre, with its focus on obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Majors

What is a major?

Completion of a major from Table 1 in the Bachelor of Science is a requirement of this combined degree. For further information please refer to the Bachelor of Science.

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 Science degree.
(2) Candidates may not commence Master of Nursing units of study until satisfactorily completing 48 credits points in the Bachelor of Science component. The Bachelor of Science 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. You can select electives from the Faculty of Science or from other faculties and schools within the University, subject to permission from the Faculty of Science 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. You will need to undertake more than 800 hours of clinical placements over your 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, you will complete a four-week clinical placement in an area in which you choose to specialise: paediatrics, mental health, high acuity, or clinical nursing.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Our science and nursing graduates can be found in a range of careers and roles including: public and private healthcare systems, acute care hospitals, children’s hospitals, trauma and emergency care, mental health nursing, aged care, community nursing, palliative care, home care nursing, drug and alcohol centres, operating rooms and other surgical settings, rural and remote nursing and overseas aid. Career opportunities in non-clinical settings include scientific, medical and pharmaceutical companies, health promotion, teaching and research, and policy development in government, non-government and private sectors. You will graduate ready to apply your knowledge of science to health issues such as infectious and non-communicable diseases, infection control, climate change, anatomy, pharmacology and research.

Course accreditation

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for registration as a nurse 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

If you wish to continue your studies in science or nursing, you may choose from a broad range of courses offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sydney Nursing School. Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year in the Bachelor of Science.

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 Australia.

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

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 Australia.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1

Ancillary expenses

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.

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.