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Start date

1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2019: AUD$ 31,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2020: AUD$ 32,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
  • IELTS listening [6.5]
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Degree overview

  • Study at a university that is ranked in the World Top 100 for Nursing1.
  • Broaden career opportunities by extending your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of evidence-based practice.
  • Equip yourself for senior leadership roles in clinical practice, policy, research, education or management.
  • Learn from well above world-class researchers in Nursing2, as well as from academics and industry-experienced clinicians.
  • Be supported by online learning resources, available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Develop your ability to independently undertake research.
  • Use your qualification as a pathway to further learning, including doctoral studies.
  • Benefit from flexible learning options.

1 2019 QS World Subject Rankings
2 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)


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Expand your career opportunities and pursue senior leadership and governance roles in clinical practice, policy, research, education or management with the Master of Nursing.

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

You will learn from specialist postgraduate teaching staff, and your studies will be supported by internationally-renowned researchers, with our above world-class research in Nursing1 focused on outcomes relevant to the clinical translation of national health priorities.

This qualification is offered online, with some attendance required at on-campus workshops.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The Master of Nursing aims to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to make an advanced contribution to nursing practice, empowering you to undertake and implement research and embrace leadership and management roles. You will advance your capacity to expertly identify and investigate questions, issues or problems that will improve and inform health care practice, knowledge and research.

As part of your studies, you will complete independent research under the supervision of experts in the field, not only advancing your research skills, but ultimately contributing to the development and dissemination of new knowledge.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Critical Perspectives on Nursing and Health Services HLTH 5136 9
Research for Advancing Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care NURS 5153 9
Semester 2 (Study Period 5)
Nursing or Midwifery Minor Thesis 1 NURS 5003 9
Qualitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5151 4.5
Quantitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5152 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Nursing or Midwifery Minor Thesis 2 NURS 5004 9
Leadership and Management in Nursing and Health Contexts NURS 5150 9

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for learning activities. Depending on your study mode this may include online discussion forums, virtual classroom sessions, lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects. As a general rule most postgraduate study is completed part-time and if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



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
  • minor thesis

Global opportunities

One of the key benefits of our School of Nursing and Midwifery 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 employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events 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:

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

Online study is available but some on-campus workshop attendance is required at the City East campus. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

The Master of Nursing provides registered nurses with an advanced postgraduate qualification that qualifies you for senior roles across policy, clinical practice, research, education or management. You will be well-positioned to further your career and equipped with the necessary skill set to take on leadership and governance opportunities in the workplace.

Graduates can work in senior roles across a wide variety of settings, such as:

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

Industry facts


Employment for midwifery and nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 58,700 (19.7 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


Employment for registered nurses in Australia is projected to increase by 51,400 (or 20 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • check the Postgraduate Health Science Closing Dates page for application closing dates
  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application


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 student at the University of South Australia 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, laboratories, and areas 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 have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, 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 has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect 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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

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

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

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 advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I have worked as a clinician, manager, clinical educator, academic, researcher and board director, and have been at the helm of national and local changes to organisational systems in nursing practice. I have an interest in aged care in hospital settings, healthcare policy and funding.

AsPr Terri Gibson

Program Director

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AsPr Terri Gibson

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
Employment: SA Department for Health and Wellbeing
Role: Senior Nursing and Midwifery Policy Advisor

Julie Brown, Master of Nursing graduate

Julie Brown

Master of Nursing (Leadership and Management)* Now Master of Nursing
<br />Employment: 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 Boylans

Employment: Southern Cross Care
Role: Director of Operations

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Jo Boylans

<br />Employment: 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

Employment: Women’s and Children’s Health Network
Role: Executive Director

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Jennifer Fereday

<br />Employment: Women’s and Children’s Health Network

We offer high quality resources to assist student learning, including a simulated hospital and health service integrating the latest technologies, and our teaching is delivered by an outstanding group of nursing, midwifery, and allied health academics and clinicians.

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

Associate Head of School: Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Rachael Vernon

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

Associate Head of School: Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery