The University of Melbourne offers one of the broadest ranges of specialty nursing courses in Australia.

Developed in close consultation with leading industry partners, our specialty courses are tailored to the needs of practising Registered Nurses. Our graduate certificate courses feature an innovative work-integrated learning (WIL) model which builds upon your theoretical knowledge, supporting you to apply this knowledge to practice.

Our specialisations are for practising Registered Nurses. If you are looking to start your career in nursing (entry to practice) or study an advanced nursing practice course, see the MDHS website.


Cancer Care

Better understand your role within the oncology workforce and ensure you can provide the best level of care across all stages of the cancer journey.

Critical and Emergency Care

Develop the specialist skillset and breadth of knowledge needed to work in high-pressure emergency and critical care settings.

Mental Health Care

Advance your current mental health nursing practice and develop your capacity to deliver holistic care and complex mental health interventions.

Neonatal and Paediatric Care

Develop the specialist skills and technical knowledge needed to care for newborns, infants and children across a range of clinical settings, including intensive care units and special care nurseries.

Palliative Care

Build upon your therapeutic communication skills and gain essential, highly practical insights into palliative and end-of-life care.

Work-integrated learning for nurses

As a student of the University of Melbourne, you will receive support from our leading academics and clinicians. Our graduate certificates feature an innovative work-integrated learning (WIL) model in which you will receive valuable hands-on guidance in your own hospital.

Work-integrated learning for nurses - learn in your workplace with hands-on support

Meet our nursing graduates

Resilience, patience, dedication: nurses have a lot of common qualities, but all have individual stories to tell. Get to know some of our nursing graduates by reading their narratives below.

Chantelle - Oncology Paediatric Nurse

Oncology paediatric nurse Chantelle is inspired by the resilience of the children she works with. Also a nursing educator, she takes pride in guiding the next generation of nurses in her hospital.

Shayne - Cancer Care Nurse

Working in cancer care can be emotionally tough but also involve a lot of joy and workplace camaraderie, says oncology nurse Shayne. While studying, he found putting theory into practice was a vital way to prepare for workplace challenges and a career that involves lifelong learning.

Inês - ICU Nurse

Working in critical care nursing, Ines builds strong relationships with her patients and their families. She says a genuine care for others is vital for nurses – as is a proactive approach to learning.

Linda - Mental Health Nurse

Mental health nurse Linda says the profession has come a long way since she started nursing. Watching people recover and regain connections with their lives is still her greatest satisfaction.

Lauren - Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse

As a neonatal intensive care nurse, Lauren values the one-on-one moments she spends with families at a vulnerable stage in their lives. Lauren studied a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice, with a specialty in neonatal intensive care.

Tab - Emergency Nurse

Tab thrives in the fast-paced world of emergency nursing. Forming strong bonds with colleagues and sharing stories with patients are key rewards of the job.

Kristel - Cardiorespiratory Nurse

Every day is different in acute and complex care. Cardiorespiratory nurse Kristel takes pride in caring for her patients comprehensively and undertaking new and diverse challenges.

Duangchan - Palliative Care Nurse

Palliative care nurse Duangchan decided to become a nurse after her father was injured in the Vietnam War. She forms strong bonds with her residents and helps them enjoy their time in care — sometimes they even feel like family.

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