Start date

1.5 year(s) full-time


Program Code

AUD$ 36,700 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
See full entry requirements

This program is not available to students wishing to study in Australia on a student visa

Degree overview

  • Equip yourself for senior leadership roles in clinical practice, policy, research, education or management.
  • Choose to study a clinical pathway or research pathway, depending on your interests.
  • Study at a university ranked in the World Top 100 for nursing.1
  • Learn from industry-experienced clinicians at a university with well above world-class research in nursing.2
  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for student satisfaction in nursing.3
  • Benefit from flexible learning – study part-time with a mix of on-campus and online study.
  • Develop your ability to independently undertake research.
  • Use your qualification as a pathway to further learning, including doctoral studies.

12023 QS Subject Rankings. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2021-22 – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Domestic Postgraduate). SA Public universities.


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Expand your career opportunities and pursue senior leadership and governance roles in clinical practice, policy, research, education or management. Learn from industry-experienced clinicians at a university with well above world-class research in nursing.1

This qualification will develop your ability to expertly inform and improve health care practice, knowledge and research. You’ll build advanced research skills, and perspectives on the global issues, trends and practices that impact the effective delivery of nursing and health services.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The Master of Nursing will give you the skills and knowledge to embrace a variety of advanced roles in nursing. The flexible curriculum and schedule allows you to study areas which will inform and improve your health care practice, knowledge, and research capabilities.

As part of your studies, you can choose one of two pathways: a clinical pathway or research pathway. Both pathways begin with a compulsory research course and offer a variety of elective courses in key clinical areas.

  • By undertaking a clinical pathway, you will complete a small clinical project. This project enables you to negotiate and undertake a project for a specific issue you’re interested in that is relevant to your current practice.
  • By undertaking a research pathway, you will complete a minor thesis. This thesis work enables you to investigate a small nursing research project under the guidance of your supervisors, and contribute advanced research to your field.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Clinical Pathway students complete the following two courses and select 36 units from the electives list below (can be completed in any order):
Research for Advancing Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care NURS 5153 9
Clinical Project NURS 5070 9
Research Pathway students complete the following three courses and select 27 units from the electives list below (can be completed in any order):
Research for Advancing Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care NURS 5153 9
Minor Thesis A NURS 5003 9
Minor Thesis B NURS 5004 9
Elective courses (can be completed in any order):
Critical Perspectives on Nursing and Health Services HLTH 5136 9
Decision-Making for Midwifery and Nursing Practice NURS 5171 9
Leadership and Management in Nursing and Midwifery NURS 5150 9
Advanced Health Assessment, Diagnostics and Investigations NURS 5135 9
Allergy Nursing NURS 5167 9
Palliative Care Nursing NURS 5168 9
Nephrology Nursing NURS 5169 9
Perioperative Nursing NURS 5170 9
Critical Care Nursing NURS 5118 9
Introduction to High Acuity Nursing and Midwifery NURS 5172 9
Foundations of Specialist Mental Health Nursing NURS 5166 9
Best Practice in Adolescent Mental Health NURS 5164 9
Best Practice in Older People's Mental Health NURS 5165 9
Perinatal Mental Health for Health Professionals NURS 5157 9 Note(s): 3
Skills for Recovery Practice in Mental Health NURS 5160 9 Note(s): 3
Comprehensive Care of the Older Person NURS 5163 9
Perspectives in Mental Health Practice NURS 5071 9
Clinical Inquiry NURS 5137 4.5
Epidemiology for Advanced Practice NURS 5138 4.5
Implementing Teaching and Learning in Health Education NURS 5174 9
Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Health Education NURS 5173 9

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for planned learning activities. Depending on your study mode, these activities may include online discussion forums, virtual classroom sessions, lectures, tutorials, workshops, and seminars. You will also need to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings, and projects.

As a rule, most postgraduate study is completed part-time. If you are studying full-time, your studies should be treated like a full-time job, with approximately 35-40 hours of study per week. The full sum of these hours should balance your planned learning activities and your own independent study.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • online activities
  • discussion papers
  • critical appraisals of published research
  • project or minor thesis

Global opportunities

One of the key benefits of studying at the UniSA is our ability to attract and retain internationally renowned researchers. You’ll learn from researchers and academics who are directly connected to industry and all of our clinical teaching staff combine teaching with industry experience. 

In addition, our diverse student population means you have the opportunity to gain global and cultural understanding, ideas and insights direct from your peers. 

Global opportunities

Real-world connections

Learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics and health professionals via our online forums and virtual classrooms and workshops, offering you the opportunity to learn from experienced clinicians in the field and build valuable industry networks and relationships.

We also host regular University-wide alumni eventsemployee master classes and employment expos in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This qualification can be studied online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • access videos and course resources online
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Some on-campus workshop attendance is required at UniSA’s City East campus. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

You’ll graduate with an advanced master's qualification recognised Australia-wide, which you can use to pursue senior roles across policy, clinical practice, research, education or management. You’ll be equipped with the necessary skillset to take on leadership and governance opportunities across a wide variety of settings, such as:

  • leadership and governance
  • healthcare policy
  • research
  • education
  • management

Students who complete the Master of Nursing’s clinical pathway and embark on a career in advanced practice may be eligible to apply for credit in the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

Industry facts


Employment for registered nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 13.9% by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021.


To November 2026, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 301,000 jobs.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I have worked as a clinician and researcher working extensively within the international and post-graduate portfolio. I have an interest in improving the learning experience for post-graduate nurses who are our current and future leaders.

Dr Allison Roderick

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Allison Roderick

Dr Allison Roderick

Program Director


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What others are saying

UniSA teaching staff have a broad range of knowledge and experience, they help develop confident nurses who are able to contribute to the ongoing learning and change that the nursing profession needs. The staff welcomed questions that challenged age-old concepts and practices that brought about change to better practice and patient outcomes. 

Nina Collyer

Master of Nursing

Nina Collyer

Nina Collyer

Master of Nursing

The Masters studies further developed my confidence in my ability to think critically and to conceptualise at a strategic level. It was directly applicable to my work, especially in the areas of operational nursing leadership, management and leading state-wide projects. In my role I feel very privileged to provide advice and to have the opportunity to influence on matters related to nursing and midwifery at a state and national level.

Julie Brown

Master of Nursing (Leadership and Management)* Now Master of Nursing
Senior Nursing and Midwifery Policy Advisor | SA Department for Health and Wellbeing

Julie Brown, Master of Nursing graduate

Julie Brown

Master of Nursing (Leadership and Management)* Now Master of Nursing
Senior Nursing and Midwifery Policy Advisor | SA Department for Health and Wellbeing

Staff who have upskilled with postgraduate study really shine through as motivated workers. We often employ people with postgraduate qualifications in our managerial positions as they have equipped themselves with those extra specialised skills.

Jo Boylan

Director of Operations | Southern Cross Care

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Jo Boylan

Director of Operations | Southern Cross Care

The University of South Australia understands that quality teaching in nursing and midwifery goes hand-in-hand with industry partnerships. They work collaboratively across all health care services to design industry-informed curriculum.

Jennifer Fereday

Executive Director | Women’s and Children’s Health Network

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Jennifer Fereday

Executive Director | Women’s and Children’s Health Network