Master of Nursing Science

Campus Teaching Hospitals
Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM077
CRICOS 022523B

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 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.


  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. 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.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 3CM077
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Additional Entry Requirements
    Within ten days of submitting a formal SATAC preference, applicants must provide all required additional information on line directly to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the following link: http://health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/mastnurssci/application.html
    Higher Education Study A completed Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science or equivalent and at least two years post registration nursing experience.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM077

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 022523B
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    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
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearson Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    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 Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Nursing Science or equivalent plus 2 years post-registration nursing experience in a chosen specialty.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Within ten days of submitting a formal application, candidates must provide all required additional information on line directly to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the following link: http://health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/mastnurssci/application.html

    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

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $33,500

    Scholarships

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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    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
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Clinical Nurse Consultant, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Community Health Nurse, Mental Health Nurse, Nurse Educator, Nurse Manager, Nurse Researcher

  • 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.

    Stage 2

    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
    • Cardiac
    • Emergency
    • Intensive Care
    • Oncology
    • Orthopaedic
    • Perioperative

    Example Study Plan

    This indicative study plan depicts the traditional pathway of a part-time domestic student through the Master of Nursing Science (no specialisation) undertaking the research pathway.
    Indicative 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
    This indicative study plan depicts the traditional pathway of a full-time international student through the Master of Nursing Science (no specialisation) undertaking the research pathway.
    Indicative study plan
    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

    Assessment

    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: Tuesday, 8 Sep 2020