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.



Note:
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.

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

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
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

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

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.

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 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

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.

Testimonial

The healthcare industry is continuously evolving with new advancements to meet higher demands and complex care needs. After working as a full-time nurse in a cardiothoracic intensive care unit, I felt the need to upgrade my skills so that I could deliver the best patient care possible.

The Master of Nursing Science strengthened my nursing foundation and developed my advanced nursing expertise. Added to this the research component of the degree, further sharpened my analytical skills. I now feel fully prepared to engage in advanced and complex nursing practices.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021