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.
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:
|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
Application information for international students Important application deadlines for international students
Fees and Scholarships
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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.
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 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
Specialist Registered Nurse, Mental Health Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist
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 (Mental Health Nursing).
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
|Year1||S1||Interpretive and Critical Research in Health||Research Literacy|
|S2||International Issues in Nursing Service Delivery||Leadership and Management in Nursing|
|Year2||S1||Research Part I||Research Part II|
|S2||Research Part III||Research Part IV|
May include essays, case studies, discussion board participation, presentations, poster presentations, critiques, portfolios and exams.
The BCA degree is taught by the very best experts of biostatistics in Australia and I found the interactions with them incredibly formative. The most exciting thing about the degree is learning specialised skills that help us advise investigators on planning medical research effectively, from the early stages of an idea for a research question to how to implement it with a sound research design and analysis.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021