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Postgraduate courses for nurses

Specialise in your field, discover postgraduate education for nurses
Sydney Nursing School offers postgraduate courses in a range of specialty areas designed for nurses who want to take the next step in their career.

Our specialist postgraduate nursing degrees build on the knowledge you have gained as a registered nurse, solidifying the theoretical foundations of your practice.

You will learn how to use the latest evidence to inform your clinical decision making, giving you the confidence to work as a leader in a range of healthcare settings.

What degrees can I do?

We offer our courses at the graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's level. Students can enrol in a graduate certificate or diploma and later credit their studies towards a master's degree.

Choose from a range of specialty areas

Who should study a postgraduate nursing degree?

Our postgraduate nursing degrees are designed for registered nurses who are looking to build their professional practice capabilities and advance to a leadership role in nursing.

Why study at Sydney Nursing School?

  • The University of Sydney is ranked first in Australia for graduate employability.*
  • Benefit from face-to-face learning and collaboration with your peers.
  • Be taught by experts in nursing.
  • Choose how to fit study into your life with full-time and part-time options, as well as self-paced online study for some components of the program.


Susan Wakil Nursing Scholarships are available to postgraduate nursing students from the greater Sydney region or from rural or regional locations.

Each year we offer six scholarships to students based on financial need, community engagement, academic merit, and professional achievements. We strongly encourage all aplicants to apply for these scholarship opportunities.

Postgraduate courses for nurses

Discover postgraduate education for nurses at Sydney Nursing School

* QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2018


Graduate stories

John Won – Emergency Nurse

"Now, and even more so in the future, there’s going to be a huge skills gap in nursing. It’s going to be more important that we offer acute level care services to older people in their homes."

Student stories

Rachel Hibbard – Mental Health Nurse

“I think there needs to be more leaders in nursing, especially in mental health. Old cultures are still very engrained, and I want to shift the paradigm. We should focus on ways to empower consumers of mental health and eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness.”

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