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Overview

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 9th  globally by subject area, 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.

Important information
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.

Majors

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

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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Completion requirement

Progression rules

(1) Candidates are required to complete their first 48 credit points with a weighted 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.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1

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.  Applicants should also view the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in Nursing.

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 Handbooks Online 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.

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.

 

Professional 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).

 

Future study options

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.

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.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 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 in the course, and the specific units of study in which you 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.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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 Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 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. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

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.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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, MasterCard or American Express. 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.

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