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Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryOnline
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Trimester 1 (24 Jan 2022), Trimester 2 (9 May 2022), Trimester 3 (22 Aug 2022),
Program Code40301

Study Custodial Health

Gain advanced specialist knowledge and skills, advanced research skills training, and education about contemporary issues and interventions. Extending your justice health education will place you in the optimum position to improve the delivery of clinical care for patients at an advanced practice level, delivering clinical practice based on new paradigms and recent evidence in contemporary health care.

On graduating, you will have the knowledge and skills to lead other clinicians to improve clinical care and health outcomes for people in their chosen clinical setting. You will be equipped with the skills to be responsive to contemporary issues in health care, and multidisciplinary collaboration in health education and research.

Why study with us?

  • Be recognized internationally – the University of Newcastle is ranked 26 in the world for Nursing (ShanghaiRankings Global ranking of Academic Subjects 2021).
  • One of a kind program – the Master of Custodial Health at the University of Newcastle is the only of its kind offered in Australia.
  • Strong industry partnerships – we have excellent collaborative partnerships with industry 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 industry experts will deliver clinical theory and practical applications to help you strengthen your existing capabilities.
  • Study online at your own pace - the University of Newcastle’s advanced online learning system will allow you to achieve your Master of Custodial Health at a time that suits you.

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What you will study

The Master of Custodial Health will provide you with an advanced knowledge base to build your career in Custodial Health. You will have the opportunity to tailor your education to best suit your career objectives.

Key areas of study include:

  • Primary Health Care
  • Forensic Mental Health
  • Health and Substance Misuse
  • Chronic Disease and Injury Control

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 opportunities

A Master of Custodial Health will open your career pathway to include roles such as:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Nurse Consultant
  • Custodial Allied Health Professional
  • Custodial Health Nurse

How to apply

Applying for Master of Custodial Health

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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:

Admission to the program will be available for applicants who are registered nurses or registered allied health professionals and have:

  • a minimum of one year relevant work eperience; OR
  • completed a Bachelor (Honours) (AQF Level 8); OR
  • completed postgraduate qualifications such as a Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8) or Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8).

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.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

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