Master of Nursing Science

  • CRICOS code: 061211F

Where will this take me?


Upon graduating from the Master of Nursing Science, you will have a qualification to practice nursing Australia-wide. You can also apply to have this degree accredited internationally to practice nursing in the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland and elsewhere. This degree integrates theory and practice whilst developing student’s critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities. Through the development of skills needed to practice evidence-based nursing – such as clinical leadership, clinical decision-making and research – you will be strongly positioned to become a nursing leader of the future.

The Master of Nursing Science degree is approved by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC). Upon completion, you are eligible for registration with the  Australian Health Practitioners Registering Authority (AHPRA) as a registered Division 1 nurse.

Focused and immersive clinical opportunities

With a cohort of 150 students accepted into the Master of Nursing Science each year – a significantly smaller number compared to other Bachelor of Nursing courses – you are guaranteed an opportunity to engage in small group simulation work in your laboratory classes. The clinical placements provided are of high quality and are predominantly located in the Parkville precinct.

Following five to six intensive classes, you will experience three to four weeks of clinical placement with partner hospitals, ensuring the best clinical learning and practice for your study in nursing.

Students also have means to gain meaningful employment during their studies at the University of Melbourne as health assistants in nursing at Melbourne Health. This employment provides additional benefits, such as clinical management of patients with special needs, working to a flexible roster, and generally enhancing your CV for post-study employment opportunities.

A qualification with global potential

The Master of Nursing Science gives you access to world-class clinical and theoretical study, leading to a globally recognised Australian nurse accreditation. This will ready you to register to practice in other countries (for example, the UK), enabling a truly global nursing career.

Graduates are well prepared to join the workforce in the field of nursing, with over 90 per cent of our latest Master of Nursing Science class securing graduate nurse employment upon graduation.

Graduate pathways

Once you've completed your undergraduate degree, you can go on to gain employment or begin a graduate degree and work towards a professional qualification such as law, engineering or medicine. Or you could join our graduate research community and contribute to our world-changing research.

Your graduate degree will be internationally recognised, and set you apart from those who study a traditional Australian single or double degree.

Explore the graduate pathways available once you complete your undergraduate degree here.