Master of Nursing Science
Advance your nursing career
Nurses are an integral part of society. They are problem-solvers and pillars of strength. Through scholarship and leadership, nurses can challenge, reform, improve and enrich healthcare now and into the future.
This advanced degree is suited to nurses with a solid foundation in clinical practice who want to pursue research or leadership positions.
What will you do?
Our Master of Nursing Science offers a comprehensive grounding in research methods and critical analysis. You will:
- build clinical enquiry and management skills
- take new courses in advanced clinical practice
- gain hands-on experience in simulations and skills laboratories
- partner with an expert in your field of study who’ll support and encourage your academic development
- undertake a 12 unit research project, or conduct a systematic review (9 units).
If you want to continue to further PhD study, you’ll complete 12 units of research. An exit path for the Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science will be available after the first year.
Where could it take you?
You will open up global opportunities and senior management roles in the health sector. You could develop mental health programs for psychiatric wards or prisons. You might come up with innovative ways to support surgeons in emergency. Perhaps you’ll do large-scale research on cancer pain management or cardiovascular risk factors.
Note: International students on a student visa are required to study on campus in Adelaide.
This degree is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required. if you are a continuing student in the degree and are unable to attend campus, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.
*QS World University Rankings by subject, 2020
^Imip.gov.au Occupation projection
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.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
|Additional Entry Requirements||
All applicants must upload the following documents as part of the SATAC application:
|Higher Education Study||A completed Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science or equivalent and at least two years post registration nursing experience.|
|Intake||February and July|
English Language Requirements
|Australian Year 12||Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject|
|English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide||
|Additional English Tests accepted||Occupational English Test (OET) - A minimum result of B/score of 350 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)|
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Tertiary Qualifications||Bachelor of Nursing Science or equivalent plus 2 years post-registration nursing experience in a chosen specialty.|
Additional Entry Requirements
Please note that information regarding an applicant's employment history detailed in their Curriculum Vitae should include the following:
* Positions held, including time periods of appointment, the official name of the positions and if the positions were full-time or part-time
* Details of the responsibilities and duties within those roles
* Any specific training undertaken in the specialty to support the application
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $35,000|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Community Health Nurse, Mental Health Nurse, Nurse Educator, Nurse Manager, Nurse Researcher
The program is structured in two stages:
Students must complete the courses as outlined under the study plan to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science.
Students are required to complete a total of 24 units of study and are able to select one of two options:
- Combination 1 (coursework and research study)
- Combination 2 (coursework study only)
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Areas of Specialisation
- Acute Care
- Anaesthetic and Recovery
- Intensive Care
Example Study Plan
|Year1||S1||NURSING 7030 Undertaking Nursing Research|
|S2||NURSING 7102OL Research Literacy||NURSING 7011OL Leadership and Management in Nursing|
|Year2||S1||NURSING 7021A Research Part I||NURSING 7021B Research Part II|
|S2||NURSING 7021C Research Part III||NURSING 7021D Research Part IV|
|Year1||S1||NURSING 7214 Neuro Science in Nursing I||NURSING 7030 Undertaking Nursing Research|
|S2||NURSING 7215 Neuro Science in Nursing II||NURSING 7102OL Research Literacy||NURSING 7101OL Professional Practice|
|Year2||S1||NURSING 7021A Research Part I||NURSING 7021B Research Part II||NURSING 7012OL Systematic Reviews of Research||NURSING 7100OL Knowledge Translation|
|S2||NURSING 7021C Research Part III||NURSING 7021D Research Part IV||NURSING 5109 Introduction to Evidence Based Health Care|
May include essays, case studies, discussion board participation, presentations, poster presentations, research proposals and dissertation, portfolios, article for publication and exams.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021