Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry)

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

Thrive in complex health environments. The Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) builds on your previous undergraduate education, preparing you for work in local, national and international healthcare settings. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to work with other health professionals to provide the highest quality person-centred care.

Delivered as two distinct yet comparable cohorts, this program can be studied at either the University’s Mallett Street campus in Camperdown or at the Westmead health precinct, Westmead.

Throughout this two-year degree, you will learn from leading experts through hands-on learning as you develop a strong theoretical understanding of health and illness, and how care is provided and experienced. As part of your degree, you will complete over 800 clinical placement hours in varied settings including emergency departments, intensive care units, paediatric units, oncology units, mental health facilities and community health centres. Beyond clinical care, you will also study human biology, pharmacology, research and evidence-based practice, social contexts of health and illness, illness experiences, healthcare systems, leadership in healthcare and other professional topics, including legal and ethical issues in healthcare.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Highly sought after by employers in NSW, our graduates work in a wide range of settings, from inner-city hospitals to rural and remote communities, in public health, government departments, non-government organisations, armed forces, tertiary education, in research and clinical trials, and in the pharmaceutical industry.

Important Information

You will be able to select your preferred campus during the application process. Please choose carefully as multiple applications will not be accepted. Applicants who are not successful in gaining an offer for the Westmead Health Precinct will be automatically considered for admission into the Master of Nursing Mallett Street campus program.

Inherent Requirements

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.

Course outline

Unit of Study information

The Master of Nursing consists of 96 credit points and 16 units of study (each worth six credit points), with eight units of study offered in each academic year. In terms of workload, most six credit point units of study consist of attendance and lectures, tutorials and/or lab sessions on a regular basis.

There are also pre-reading and assessment items equating to approximately 10 hours per week. The course is offered only in on-campus mode.

In Semester One of the first year, students undertake study in clinical nursing subjects together with subjects that explore the social context of nursing in particular, and the global and Australian health system more generally. During Semester Two the focus is on more specific clinical areas such as mental health and acute care nursing as well as illness experiences and drug therapies.

The second year of the course further considers the political aspects of the health care system and more detailed nursing practice in the areas of research in nursing practice, professional practice and the emerging role of nurses as global citizens, community nursing, mental health and acute/high dependency nursing. During this year, there is also an option to extend knowledge and practice in paediatrics, mental health, high acuity or clinical nursing.

Further course information

Progression rules

(1) All candidates enrolled in the Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) 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

Graduate opportunities

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 and international health. Nurses also work in the pharmaceutical industry, clinical research trials and other health-related fields.

Course accreditation

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia which specifies certain conditions that applicants for registration as a nurse are required to meet.

Further study

Sydney Nursing School offers a range of advanced learning postgraduate courses in various specialty areas of nursing including cancer and haematology nursing, advanced nursing practice, clinical trials practice, emergency nursing, intensive care nursing, mental health nursing, nurse practitioner and primary health care nursing. Masters degrees include capstone projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Admission

Admission requirements

In addition to meeting academic requirements, candidates are also required to undertake an interview, as well as a literacy and numeracy test.

You must have a previous Australian level bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline other than nursing. However, overseas nursing qualifications are acceptable.

Qualifications used as the basis of admission must have been completed within 10 years prior to admission.

Qualifications older than 10 years will be considered subject to the applicant providing further information substantiating appropriate further education and development. In these cases, admission will be at the discretion of the Dean. If you do not meet this criterion, you will need to undertake a tertiary unit of study prior to admission. Please contact the faculty to discuss this further.

English requirements
Whether you are a domestic or an international student, if English is not your first language, you are required to complete an IELTS academic exam (or equivalent). You must achieve a score of 7.0 in each band and an overall score of 7.0. You need to complete your IELTS exam (or equivalent) no more than 2 years before you apply for the degree.

If you can provide evidence of satisfactory achievement in tertiary study, in which the language of the institution was English, you may not be required to provide further evidence of English proficiency. We require a letter from the Registrar's office of the university stating that: "The language of the institution (instruction, examination and assessment) was English."

The faculty defines satisfactory achievement as:
A. a degree of three years or more, completed no more than five years prior to admission; or
B. a degree of two years or more, completed no more than three years prior to admission.

For more information please refer to the website:
http://sydney.edu.au/nursing/study/masters/index.shtml

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

Applications are processed by the Direct Admissions Team

The Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) Admissions Guide can be accessed
here

Ancillary expenses

Ancillary expenses include a Sydney Nursing School uniform required to be worn on clinical placements, textbooks and possible expenses related to clinical placements outside the Sydney metropolitan region.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Applicants are encouraged to submit completed applications as soon as possible to be considered for an offer. In order for applicants to be considered for interview, your application must be complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Master of Nursing Admissions Guide can be accessed
here

Ancillary expenses for international students

Ancillary expenses include a Sydney Nursing School uniform required to be worn on clinical placements, textbooks and possible expenses related to clinical placements outside the Sydney metropolitan region.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate 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, 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 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.

Annual review and fee increases

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, 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 Postgraduate Students

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

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 fees 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.