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Master of  Nursing Studies

Program code: 5491
QTAC code: 720202


St Lucia


2 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

The Master of Nursing Studies will teach you everything you need to know to work as a registered nurse in Australia.

  • This two-year program is designed for applicants who have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline within the past 10 years and who can meet minimum GPA requirements – see Program details for entry requirements.
  • Benefit from a program that takes a problem-based approach to learning, and integrates classroom-based study with clinical practice. You will develop clinical reasoning skills to provide high-quality, safe and effective care.
  • Learn the most relevant theories and the latest skills from health and nursing professionals. Our courses are regularly updated to include topical and innovative study areas, which means your knowledge will be the most current.
  • Undertake more than 800 hours of clinical practice in both supervised placements and clinical laboratories. Supervised placements take place in major teaching hospitals and clinical labs are held at the Translational Research Institute.

UQ nursing graduates are competent, capable, and caring professionals who are the eyes, ears and heart of healthcare.

  • Professional experience

    Hands on experience right from the start

    Develop clinical skills and experiences from your very first semester. During your first year you'll undertake morning and evening shifts at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. In your final year, you'll complete night and weekend shifts where you'll refine and develop your skill-set.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    Our school is home to experienced nursing practitioners and researchers who are leaders in the field both nationally and internationally. Our academics scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes, which means our nursing and midwifery research is internationally significant. 

  • Employability

    In high demand

    The Australian Department of Employment projects job growth of 22.7 per cent for nursing professionals between the years of 2017 - 2022. You'll be in high demand with employers due to your in-depth knowledge and hands-on, practical skills.

  • Alumni
    “I undertook rural placements at both Mareeba and Innisfail Hospitals in Far North Queensland. Working in a small country hospital was a fantastic experience. I moved from Cairns to study at UQ because the master’s is unique and offers a flexible and accelerated program.” Makala, Master of Nursing Studies graduate

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Nursing Studies are distinguished by their breadth of knowledge, professional readiness, initiative, and problem-solving skills.

Our graduates typically find employment in a range of different public and private healthcare settings, including:

  • medical/surgical nursing
  • aged care
  • cardiac nursing
  • community nursing
  • critical care
  • day surgery nursing
  • drug and alcohol nursing
  • home-care nursing
  • emergency care
  • Indigenous health
  • infectious disease
  • mental health nursing
  • neuroscience nursing
  • nurse manager
  • oncology
  • orthopaedics
  • paediatrics and child health
  • perioperative
  • public health
  • rehabilitation
  • rural and remote area
  • school-based health nursing
  • sexual health nursing
  • transplant nursing.


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

Admissions criteria


An approved bachelor degree and have completed one tertiary course in biological science, chemistry or physics at an undergraduate level (or equivalent).

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 Nursing Studies 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 Nursing Studies. 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

Students will undertake approximately 800 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals and a variety of health care organisations. During their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life setting.

Students will commence their clinical placements in week four of the program. During the first year students will normally complete approximately 38 x 8-hour shifts and in the final year students will complete approximately 86 x 8-hour shifts.

Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Professional memberships

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

  • Australian College of Nursing

Accreditation body

The Master of Nursing Studies 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. Please see the NMBA website for additional mandatory registration requirements

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

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 Nursing Studies 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 $6,652
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 Nursing Studies. 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

  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • Police check for criminal history ($45)
  • A clinical uniform shirt is required and may be purchased from the School.
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.


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 to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Master of Nursing Studies need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

The QTAC code for the Master of Nursing Studies is 720202. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

Apply now to QTAC

Additional application information

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Domestic students in the MNursSt may be eligible for income support and should contact Centrelink.

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.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course" we call a "program".

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

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