Master of Nursing Science (Mental Health Nursing)

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For experienced registered nurses with a solid foundation in an area of clinical practice, the Master of Nursing Science provides the opportunity to extend their career in leadership, research and management positions.

The Mental Health specialisation is ideal for nurses who are currently practising mental health nursing and wish to further develop their professional knowledge and understanding in this area.

The degree offers a comprehensive grounding in research methods and critical analysis and allows students to develop advanced skills in clinical inquiry, practice and leadership that are required in professional nursing. The research projects are individually supervised by experts in the field of study, and students who wish to continue on with further study to PhD can elect to complete 12 units of research.

International students on a student visa are required to study in Adelaide and complete courses on campus in face-to-face learning environments.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM134
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Additional Entry Requirements
All applicants must upload the following documents as part of the SATAC application:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Current AHPRA registration certificate

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How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM134

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Careers

Career Readiness

This program prepares students to undertake senior roles as Registered Nurses in the area of specialisation. Graduates are prepared for careers in senior nursing clinical practice or management, or can begin a career in nursing research.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Specialist Registered Nurse, Mental Health Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Degree Structure

The program is structured in two stages:

Stage 1

Students must complete the courses as outlined under the study plan to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Mental Health Nursing).

Stage 2

With an additional one year of fulltime study, students can complete this program by Research or Coursework. 

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

 

Example Study Plan

This indicative study plan depicts the traditional pathway of a part-time domestic student through the Master of Nursing Science (Mental Health Nursing) undertaking the research pathway. Please refer to Course Selection Proforma for a full list of courses.
Indicative study plan
Year1S1 Interpretive and Critical Research in Health Research Literacy
S2 International Issues in Nursing Service Delivery Leadership and Management in Nursing
Year2S1 Research Part I Research Part II
S2 Research Part III Research Part IV

Assessment

May include essays, case studies, discussion board participation, presentations, poster presentations, critiques, portfolios and exams.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021