Postgraduate courses and specialty areas
Postgraduate Student Adviser Keir Kirkby
T +61 2 9351 0504
Our postgraduate courses offer high quality, effective and relevant education in nursing and prepare nurses for leadership in research, teaching and clinical practice. Our teaching staff have strong links with area health services, major hospitals and community-based health services. Many clinicians also contribute regularly to our teaching.
Our graduate courses offer the following advantages:
- a wide range of units of study
- greater choice of study areas
- only a few days on-campus attendance per semester per unit
- email access and communication with staff
- credit for units completed elsewhere
- full-time or part-time Master of Nursing degree
- graduate certificate courses leading to a master’s degree
Sydney Nursing School offers a flexible range of postgraduate coursework degrees at master, graduate diploma and graduate certificate levels. Students study courses with a variety of specialty-specific units of study that complement those that focus on leadership, quality and safety, and research. At the master's level, a capstone completes the student’s learning experience.
It is possible to start at a graduate certificate, and progress seamlessly up to a graduate diploma or master’s degree. All completed units of study will count towards this progression. Students may elect to study some units of study offered in the postgraduate coursework area as non-award units. Should you wish to study at graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master’s level at a later date any units studied may be credited towards the certificate or degree.
To enable you to streamline your study towards a particular professional field, there are seven specialty areas within Sydney Nursing School:
- Cancer and Haematology Nursing | master, graduate diploma, graduate certificate
- Clinical Nursing | master, graduate diploma, graduate certificate
- Clinical Trials Practice | graduate certificate
- Emergency Nursing | master, graduate diploma, graduate certificate
- Intensive Care Nursing | master, graduate diploma, graduate certificate
- Mental Health Nursing | master, graduate diploma, graduate certificate
- Nurse Practitioner | master
For some of the above specialty areas, students need to ensure that they are able to undertake clinical assessments in the workplace. Students must fill out a clinical assessment form and send it in with their application. Specific requirements can be found in the information for each specialty area.
With the exception of Clinical Trials Practice, to apply for admission into any of this School’s postgraduate advanced learning courses you must already be a registered nurse in Australia or in a country other than Australia. Additional admission criteria apply for those students seeking admission to the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).
Applicants with overseas qualifications are required to complete an IELTS score of 7.0 overall and 7.0 in each band.
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All units of study may have up to five face-to-face study days. Capstones may have up to eight face-to-face study days.
Student learning is further supported by the University’s eLearning.
Note: International students may only study full time, and therefore are only able to study at the level of master’s degree or graduate diploma.
Sydney Nursing School offers Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for local students enrolled in advanced learning postgraduate coursework programs in 2014. This means most of the cost of your course will be paid for by the government and you will make significant savings per unit of study. For details about the costs for postgraduate study for both international and local students, along with conditions for Commonwealth supported places, visit the Future students costs and scholarships website.