Combined degrees

Combined degrees

UAC codes, ATAR and IB scores | Choosing your bachelor's degree | Course overview | Registration

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Sydney Nursing School offers combined nursing degrees, combining a Master of Nursing with a Bachelor degree in Arts, Science or Health Sciences.

Combining two degrees is a great way to explore and enjoy an undergraduate degree in an area of interest while taking a more career-specific path to nursing through a master’s degree. The combined degrees are for students who do not yet have a tertiary qualification.

The combined degrees are studied over four years and successful graduates will gain two qualifications, a Bachelor of (Arts, Science or Health Sciences) and a Master of Nursing. On completion students are eligible to apply for registration as a nurse in Australia with the Nursing and Midwifery board of Australia (NMBA).

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Bachelor of Arts/Master of Nursing

Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing

Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Nursing

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Choosing your bachelor's degree

The following information will help you decide which of our three combined degree programs you'd like to study. You might also like to look at the study patterns for each of the combined degrees.

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Nursing

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Nursing allows you to gain a broader knowledge of the humanities in an area that interests you – for example, psychology, language, sociology or cultural studies. By following this pathway will have the opportunity to work in positions in health and medicinal industries, in clinical and non-clinical settings such as media and communications, in research, government and public institutions, community organisation and the private sector.
Study pattern for BA/MN

Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing

Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing allows you to develop a deeper understanding of your area of interest in the sciences, which might include pharmacology, psychology, physiology or biomedical science. The combination of science and nursing extends beyond more traditional nursing career options, to new areas of biotechnology and treatments that shape health care. Careers in research and product development, pharmaceutical use and misuse are also possible.
Study pattern for BSc/MN

Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Nursing

Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Nursing is perfect if you wish to obtain broader knowledge of health science topics such as toxicology, epidemiology, microbiology, behavioural health science, management and project design. The combined study of general health sciences and nursing will allow you to consider working in scientific, research and management positions in health-related organisations in the public and private sector. The opportunity also exists to work in health and medical industries, in clinical and non-clinical setting such as forensic science, journalism, environmental science, media and communications and community organisations.
Study pattern for BHlthSc/MN

Course overview

In Year 1 you will study the undergraduate component ONLY. You must complete 48 credit points and achieve a credit average by the end of Year 1 to start to study nursing subjects. If you do not achieve this mark you may not continue in the program; however you can elect to transfer to the single bachelor degree. You need to seek permission from the other faculty for a possible transfer.

In Year 2 and Year 3 you will study a combination of subjects from your undergraduate degree, as well as the Master of Nursing.

Year 4 is exclusively devoted to the Master of Nursing. You cannot move on to Year 4 until you successfully complete your undergraduate component.

Graduates can select from a wide and growing range of practice areas in both the public and private sectors including acute care hospitals, trauma and emergency, paediatrics, mental health, community nursing, palliative care, aged care and rural and remote settings. Nurses also work in the pharmaceutical industry and other health-related fields.

Credit points

192 credit points and 32 units of study (each worth 3 or 6 credit points) – 16 subjects in the bachelor's degree and 16 subjects in the Master of Nursing


Four years of full-time study or eight years of part-time study


A normal full-time load is 4 units of study per semester; a part-time load is 2 units of study per semester. It includes tutorials, lectures and laboratory sessions. There are also pre-reading and assessment items equating to approximately 10 hours per week.


The combined degrees are offered on campus (Mallett Street Campus, Camperdown Campus and Cumberland Campus in Lidcombe).


Classes are held from Monday to Friday, anywhere between 8am and 6pm, depending on your personal timetable. You will undertake approximately 24 hours of class time per week for full-time study or 12 hours for part-time study. NOTE: All of the course requirements must be completed within 10 calendar years for full-time students.

Clinical placement

You complete over 800 hours of clinical placement. Clinical placement sites include private and public hospitals; as well as various community areas such as age care, community centres, mental health facilities and primary health care placements. The majority of clinical placements occur within the Sydney metropolitan area. Students can also undertake placements in rural NSW, as well as interstate and international.

Different admission requirements for domestic and international students

More information
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Once you successfully complete the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).