Career Pathways

Become a nurse

Enjoy a rewarding career providing high-quality healthcare

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How long will it take?

3 years Bachelor degree
2 years Master of Nursing Science

Why study nursing?

From humanitarian work and disaster relief in an international setting, to health services within your own community – nurses play a crucial role in healthcare services globally.

Our courses enable you to enter the nursing profession, specialise in a chosen area and advance your scope of practice. We will prepare and support you to realise your potential within the nursing profession and beyond.

You’ll graduate with both an undergraduate and a graduate degree, giving you a higher level of qualification than a traditional double degree.

Where will this take me?

Career outcomes

  • Internationally recognised nursing qualification
  • Specialist elective opportunities to further develop your skills and interests.

Professional accreditation

  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Hear from our graduates

Find out what motivated our current students to choose Melbourne, and the impact studying with us has had on their lives and careers.

I had a really positive experience. I was quite fortunate because the university has a really good collaboration with the hospital where I work. Everyone was always so helpful.

Chantelle - Oncology paediatric nurse

What are the study options?

Standard entry

1. Undergraduate degree

First, you must meet the requirements for your undergraduate degree.

2. Graduate degree

The Master of Nursing Science requires applicants to have completed an undergraduate degree.

Other entry pathways

Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars

Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars are guaranteed a place into the graduate degree of their choice following successful completion of their undergraduate degree.

Discover more about Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholars


The University offers a range of scholarships at both undergraduate and graduate level.

Find a scholarship that's right for you

Guaranteed entry

Guaranteed entry means you’ll have the peace of mind of a secure graduate pathway with us without having to make any big decisions from Year 12. You will also be able to leave Melbourne with an undergraduate qualification if you decide further study isn’t right for you.

Discover more about guaranteed entry

Looking for personalised advice?

Find out more about our graduate degrees and get support with your application. Speak to our expert staff online, via phone or at an upcoming event. You can also register to learn more about your course options and opportunities via email.

Why study nursing at the University of Melbourne

Join our health service network

Join our health service network

Benefit from our partnerships with leading health service providers, learning in our state-of-the-art facilities, clinical labs and virtual spaces.

Learn from the experts

Learn from the experts

You'll learn from experts in their field, clinical practitioners and nursing leaders with relevant, up-to-date knowledge, experience and research.

Be inspired by your surrounds

Be inspired by your surrounds

Situated within the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, our campus is at the heart of a global hub of world-leading research institutes and health services.

Talk to us

Please speak to our expert staff to discover more about our learning opportunities and get support with your application.