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Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face, Online
Start datesTrimester 1 (25 Jan 2021), Trimester 2 (10 May 2021), Trimester 3 (23 Aug 2021), Trimester 1 (25 Jan 2021), Trimester 2 (10 May 2021), Trimester 3 (23 Aug 2021), Trimester 1 (25 Jan 2021), Trimester 2 (10 May 2021), Trimester 3 (23 Aug 2021), Trimester 1 (25 Jan 2021), Trimester 2 (10 May 2021), Trimester 3 (23 Aug 2021),
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Study Nursing

The University of Newcastle's Master of Nursing will enhance your skills in professional leadership, clinical education, health care improvement, research, and evidence-based practice. You will have the opportunity to further develop your individual areas of interest whilst exploring and learning to adapt to the challenging and constantly changing landscape of professional nursing.

Why study with us?

  • Enhance your advanced nursing knowledge to progress your career – registered nurses looking to transition into new and more challenging nursing roles will have the opportunity to upskill by choosing one of seven speciality areas to study.
  • Strong industry partnerships – we have excellent collaborative partnerships with the Central Coast Local Health District, Hunter New England Health Local Health District and Mid North Coast Local Health District, and our clinical experts are senior leaders and managers who deliver the most current practical and evidence-based models of care.
  • Learn from some of the best in the field – our clinical experts will deliver clinical theory and practical applications to help you strengthen your existing nursing capabilities.
  • Study online at your own pace – our advanced online learning system will allow you to achieve your Master of Nursing at a time that suits you.
  • High demand for nurses – projected shortage of nurses makes qualified nursing professionals highly sought after.
  • Attractive employment rate – 99% of our Nursing postgraduates find employment within four months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-2020).
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What you will study

The University of Newcastle Master of Nursing enables you to study contemporary issues in nursing, research methods, and knowledge translation in healthcare.

Key study areas include:

  • Contemporary Nursing
  • Introduction to Research in Health Care
  • Knowledge Translation in Health Care

To help you achieve your best career outcome, you can choose to do a generic Master of Nursing or focus your learning by choosing from one of seven purposefully structured specialisations:

  • Healthcare Improvement – this specialisation includes leadership, safety and quality, project management, and design. Your fellow students will come from medicine, nursing, business, and design backgrounds.
  • Research – a comprehensive foundation for nurses interested in research. You will learn qualitative and quantitative research methods, biostatistics, and epidemiology.
  • Chronic Disease and Aging – in this specialisation you will develop a solid knowledge base in areas such as mental health nursing in older people, aging in health, chronic disease prevention and management, and palliative care.
  • Acute and Critical Care – in this specialisation you will study acute and critical care courses including emergency, intensive care, acute stroke management, and infection control. With this degree you could seek employment as a clinical nurse specialist in an acute or critical care area.
  • Advanced Practice – in this specialisation you will develop your professional knowledge, clinical judgement, and technical skills to an advanced level of capability. You will learn advanced physical assessment, diagnostics, symptom management, and pharmacotherapeutics.
  • Clinical Education – this specialisation prepares you to support and teach healthcare students and staff and assist in the development, design, implementation and evaluation of education and professional development programs.
  • Leadership and Management – in this specialisation you will study key areas such as organisational behaviour and design, employment relations, human resource management, negotiation and conflict resolution and more.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career

Career opportunities

Through studying social, cultural, economic and political influences surrounding nursing and healthcare in general, Master of Nursing graduates will be primed to provide advanced clinical knowledge and advice across the full spectrum of healthcare settings.

Prospective career paths may include:

  • clinical nurse specialist
  • clinical research nurse
  • clinical nurse consultant
  • clinical nurse educator
  • nurse unit manager

How to apply

Applying for Master of Nursing

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Applicants must be a Registered Nurse with:

  • Honours; or
  • a postgraduate qualification such as a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or
  • a minimum of one year's experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae.

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

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Ok, great, let's go!

Applications to study are now open. Submit your application now.

Important: All applicants should provide evidence of current registration. You should also ensure certified copies of postgraduate academic transcripts are included with your application.

All applicants must provide a copy of their practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority.

Apply to study in Australia

Applications to study are now open. Submit your application now.

Important: All applicants should provide evidence of current registration. You should also ensure certified copies of postgraduate academic transcripts are included with your application.

All applicants must provide a copy of their practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority.

Apply to study online

This program is open to online international students. Applications to study online are now open.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.