Master of Clinical Nursing

Course code: GC061
Course coordinator: Dr Tom Buckley



Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing

Choosing a master's degree | Applying for a master's degree | Cost of a master's degree | Admission requirements | Clinical practice requirements | Study patterns (part time) | Study patterns (full time)


Sydney Nursing School offers a flexible range of postgraduate advanced learning courses in several specialty areas. One of these areas is Clinical Nursing.

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Choosing a master's degree

You can either study full time (three semesters) or part time (five semesters) at the master's level. Domestic and international students are welcome to apply.

Each unit of study has up to four face-to-face study days (excluding the capstone). A normal part-time load is two units of study per semester.

The master's degree requires a total of 60 credit points – core and elective units of study make up 48 points, and a capstone completes the degree and is a further 12 credit points. The capstone is an important feature of Sydney Nursing School's postgraduate master's degree. You have the choice of a research-based or professional practice capstone, providing an excellent opportunity to explore, in depth, a topic of professional interest.

Award units taken at graduate diploma and graduate certificate levels may also count towards a master’s degree. Any non-award units of study already completed may also be credited towards a master's degree.

Student learning is further supported by the University’s eLearning.

Applying for a master's degree

There is one intake of students in March each year.

Application must be made online. You will also need to upload copies of other documentation as part of your online application process. To assist you, there is a checklist of required documents that you will need.

Cost of a master's degree

Master’s courses are full-fee paying and costs may increase each year.
Fee-Help is available for Australian Citizens and the student centre will provide you with further information regarding eligibility and repayment information. The international fee rates vary depending on which level of degree you choose.
Visit the Costs and scholarships website for more detailed information.

  • This is a full-fee paying course. However there are Commonwealth supported places available for 2014 and places will be allocated according to the order in which applicants accept their offers. HECS-HELP is available for Australian Citizens. Visit the Costs and scholarships website for detailed information. See also:

Admission requirements

Admission to our master’s courses requires a bachelor's degree with a credit average. For admission into the Master of Clinical Nursing, you must be a registered nurse in Australia or in a country other than Australia.

Clinical practice requirements

There are no clinical practice assessments for the Master of Clinical Nursing. Therefore you don't have to fill out a Clinical Assessment Requirement Form.


2014 part-time study patterns for the Master of Clinical Nursing

The following part-time study patterns indicate which units you will study in each semester.

For full descriptions of each of the following courses, click on the unit of study codes.

For details on days, dates, rooms and coordinators, view the full timetable for all postgraduate advanced learning study days ...

Year 1 part time

Semester 1

Semester 2

NURS5012

Assessment and Clinical Judgement

NURS5062

Clinical Practice and Nursing Work

NURS5059

Foundations of Clinical Practice

NURS5073

Preventing Adverse Clinical Outcomes

Year 2 part time

Semester 1

Semester 2

NURS5069

Research in Nursing and Health Care





NURS5070


NURS5071


NURS5091

Students must choose 2 units of study from the following 3 options:

Creating a Culture of Safety and Quality

Contemporary Health Leadership*

Simulation-based Learning in Health

NURS5061

Expanding Clinical Nursing Practice

Year 3 part time

Semester 1

NURS5078

Capstone (Work-based Project) OR

NURS5080

Capstone (Thesis)

*Students wishing to undertake the Capstone (Thesis) will be required to substitute NURS5071 with a research unit offered by the University. Following academic consultation, students may also be permitted to substitute NURS5071 with a unit of study relevant to this course, offered by the University.

2014 full-time study patterns for the Master of Clinical Nursing

The following full-time study patterns indicate which units you will study in each semester.

For full descriptions of each of the following courses, click on the unit of study codes.

For details on days, dates, rooms and coordinators, view the full timetable for all postgraduate advanced learning study days ...

Year 1 full time

Semester 1

Semester 2

NURS5012

Assessment and Clinical Judgement

NURS5062

Clinical Practice and Nursing Work

NURS5059

Foundations of Clinical Practice

NURS5073

Preventing Adverse Clinical Outcomes

NURS5069

Research in Nursing and Health Care





NURS5070


NURS5071


NURS5091

Students must choose 2 units of study from the following 3 options:

Creating a Culture of Safety and Quality

Contemporary Health Leadership*

Simulation-based Learning in Health

NURS5061

Expanding Clinical Nursing Practice

Year 2 full time

Semester 1

NURS5078

Capstone (Work-based Project) OR

NURS5080

Capstone (Thesis)

*Students wishing to undertake the Capstone (Thesis) will be required to substitute NURS5071 with a research unit offered by the University. Following academic consultation, students may also be permitted to substitute NURS5071 with a unit of study relevant to this course, offered by the University.