Master of Nursing

Approved Abbreviation: MNurs

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4722.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 085665M

This version of the course is available to new and continuing students. Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in the course was 2015 or later.

Commencement Year 2011 - 2014 - 4686.1 Master of Nursing

The aim of the Master of Nursing is to provide Registered Nurses with the theoretical knowledge and critical thinking skills to prepare them for advanced practice in the clinical setting. Students will be able to align their career goals with one of a number of professional pathways. Specialisations available include clinical leadership, clinical teaching, aged care, primary health care or research studies. Opportunities will be provided for students in their final sessions of study to synthesise and apply advanced nursing concepts through a capstone experience or research project relevant to their professional goals.

Study Mode
One and a half years full-time or three years part-time.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent Requirements


Candidature for admission to the Master of Nursing and the various specialisations are detailed below:

Registered Nurse (currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – Nursing and Midwifery), or eligibility for same, or certificate of registration of nursing, within the last five years, in their own country. Any other type of registration (non-practicing, limited, or student) is not acceptable for this course


Completion of an undergraduate degree in health-related sciences (AQF Level 7 or equivalent), in health science, human science, midwifery, naturopathy, nursing, nutrition, psychology


Completion of a Graduate Diploma in Nursing (AQF Level 8 or equivalent)


One year full-time equivalent work experience as a registered nurse or registered midwife within the last five years

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience MUST support their application with a statement of service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International Office

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Students may complete the Master of Nursing (no specialisation) below or may enrol in and complete one of the listed Specialisations.

Master of Nursing (no specialisation)

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points including the units listed below.

Students must complete the following units

401082Cultural and Social Diversity in Health Care
400774Perspectives on Nursing
401168Evidence Based Health Care
400235Leadership in Clinical Practice
400412Primary Health Care and its Applications
400238Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care Provision
400210Health Promotion and the Nurse

And three electives (Onshore International student visa holders must enrol in postgraduate units offered in the DAY mode)

Choose one of

401083Capstone Experience in Health Care
401084Research Project in Health Care

Or Choose two of

401085Scholarship for Practice Change in Health Care
401086Writing for Publication


ST4014Clinical Leadership
ST4015Clinical Teaching
ST4016Aged Care
ST4017Primary Health Care
ST4018Research Studies

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