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Master of  Nurse Practitioner

Program code: 5677

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2 Years part-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Are you a registered nurse looking to develop your career? The Master of Nurse Practitioner prepares you to advance into the expanded role of nurse practitioner.

  • This two-year, part-time program is designed for experienced registered nurses. Develop the advanced level theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to provide innovative and flexible healthcare that complements other healthcare providers.
  • Take advantage of a flexible external delivery in which coursework is available in online study modules and discussions. You will also complete a three to five day Residential School each semester, providing the chance for on-campus learning.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of key topics, which focus on advanced nursing and clinical practice, professional development of provided care, and quality use of medicines. You will also undertake a small-scale research project.
  • Complete 300 hours of supernumerary integrated professional practice during your studies in approved clinical settings. You will work under the supervision of your clinical support team and clinical mentor.

Nurse practitioners take a leadership role in providing innovative and flexible care across a variety of healthcare settings.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work is home to experienced nursing practitioners and researchers who are leaders in the field both in Australia and internationally. Our academics scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes, which means our research is internationally significant.

  • Students
    “I live in a remote area of Australia and I need a course that’s quite flexible. The way this program is delivered allows me to use lots of different resources online. The group work keeps me up-to-date and motivated, and engaging with other people from different areas of healthcare gives a wider view on other aspects of health.” Casey, Master of Nurse Practitioner student

Career outcomes

Nurse practitioners work in a variety of specialties within both public and private healthcare settings. Potential positions include:

  • clinical roles where you may work individually or lead a team
  • consultative roles in public and private practice
  • providing high-level support in a hospital or community clinic.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years part-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


A postgraduate qualification at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 8 or higher in a clinical field.

Hold an unrestricted licence as a registered nurse in Australia.

A minimum of two years full-time equivalent experience as a registered nurse in a specified clinical field and two years at an advanced practice level in the same clinical field.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Nurse Practitioner are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Nurse Practitioner. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake 300 hours of supernumerary integrated professional practice during the program. You will work under the supervision of your clinical support team and clinical mentor.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian College of Nursing
  • Australian College of Nurse Practitioners

Accreditation body

The Master of Nurse Practitioner is accredited by:

  • Australian Nursing And Midwifery Accreditation Council

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (Endorsement)

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Master of Nurse Practitioner may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Nurse Practitioner have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Master of Nurse Practitioner are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $7,613
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

An “indicative annual fee” is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth Supported Place in the Master of Nurse Practitioner. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Students are responsible for the cost of transportation and accommodation to attend residential schools or practicals.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Nurse Practitioner can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Nurse Practitioner is 5677. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

Applicants must also provide evidence of:
  • Confirmed support from employing health care agency for the applicant to complete all professional experience requirements of the course;
  • Active involvement in professional organisation and contribution to the ongoing development of the nursing profession.
Submitting an Application
Applicants must read important program and application information and download an application pack from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work web page prior to submitting an application online.

You will be required to attend face-to-face teaching at UQ's St Lucia campus. These are usually two - three day blocks during the semester.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Nurse Practitioner is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - December 31 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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