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Bachelor of Science (Health) and Master of Nursing

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Overview

The Bachelor of Science (Health) and Master of Nursing provides a thorough grounding in health and health systems at the local, national and global levels, while developing the knowledge, skills and experience to become a registered nurse.

As a science and nursing student, specialising in health, you will be taught by leading academics and clinical professionals from across the healthcare and nursing disciplines.

The Bachelor of Science (Health) explores the complexity of health and healthcare provision across different sociocultural, political and economic contexts. You will:

  • complete a major in health with core units in areas such as human biology, psychology and eHealth, ensuring you gain a broad knowledge of healthcare and its latest developments before pursuing elective units in areas of your interest.

Leveraging the skills and knowledge of your science degree, in the Master of Nursing:

  • you will experience hands-on learning with over 800 hours of clinical placements to develop a comprehensive understanding of professional nursing practice.
  • you will learn to understand 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. Cultivating a diverse range of skills and expertise in the provision of healthcare, this program will open a wide range of career opportunities across both clinical and non-clinical settings.

A second major can be taken from the shared pool of majors or from those offered in the Bachelor of Science, which are offered through the Faculty of Science academic schools:

Subject areas

You are required to complete a major in health. There are no majors for nursing. Focus areas for nursing are: acute care, aged care, chronic illness, clinical practice, Indigenous health, mental healthcare and management, pharmacology, physiology, professional practice, social and health policy.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is from

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

Your fee

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What you'll study

Units of Study

Completion requirements

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 (Health) degree.

  2. Candidates may not commence Master of Nursing units of study until satisfactorily completing 48 credits points in the Bachelor of Science (Health) component. The Bachelor of Science (Health) 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.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science (Health) and Master of Nursing

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Medical Science  Major Psychology  Elective Maths Biology Elective
  2 Medical Science  Major Psychology  Elective Maths Biology Elective
2 1 Medical Science  Major The Body, Its Function and Pharmacology Illness, Experience and Nursing Care OLE (Cultural Competence: Fundamentals)
  2 Medical Science  Major Introduction to Nursing Practice Understand Health and Managing Disease OLE (Health Challenges: Allergy and Autoimmunity)
3 1 Medical Science  Major Medical Science  Major Social Contexts of Health Nursing the Acutely Ill Person
  2 Medical Science  Major Medical Science  Major Developing Nursing Practice Mental Health Nursing Practice
4 1 Care and Chronic Conditions Leadership and Collaborative Practice Community Health Nursing Research and Evidence
  2 High Acuity Nursing

 Health of   Indigenous   Populations   (MN)

Australian Health Care - Global Context  Professional Practice (MN) 

These are indicative units only, students may choose other electives and majors.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Additional information:

  • Applicants are ranked by merit and offer for available places are issued according to the ranking.
  • It is required that applicants have the ability to undertake clinical placements and the School's Clinical Policy contains further details of the requirements.

Please note, this course is not available to applicants who are already registered to practise as a nurse in Australia.

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* OR band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2, if higher level maths has been undertaken)

In 2019, the maths prerequisite will apply to domestic and international students completing a secondary education (year 12) qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia).

From 2020, the maths prerequisite applies to domestic students undertaking a secondary education qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia), higher education studies (e.g. bachelor’s degree, diploma) and approved preparation programs.  

From 2020, it will also apply to international students undertaking a secondary education qualification or an approved preparation or foundation program, in Australia (this includes Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications and foundation programs undertaken outside Australia).

For details, including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

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.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements that apply to the nursing component of this degree.  

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.

Career Pathways

  • Infectious and non-communicable diseases
  • Infection control
  • Climate change
  • Anatomy
  • Pharmacology
  • Research
Future study options

Graduates of this course who wish to further their studies in these fields may choose from a broad range of courses offered by the Faculty of Science and Sydney Nursing School. Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year in the Bachelor of Science (Health).

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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


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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, protective 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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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