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Master of  Nursing Studies

Program code: 5491
CRICOS code: 069418D

Location

St Lucia

Duration

2 Years full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

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 880 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.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ is ranked 1st in Queensland, 4th in Australia and 21st in the world for Nursing in the 2019 QS World Rankings by Subject.

  • 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.

Summary

  • Program code
    5491
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    32
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code
    069418D

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

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.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BEP and OET are not accepted.

view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Nursing Studies are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

Program structure

Courses

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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $33,376
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Nursing Studies for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit 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 through the School.
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

Apply now

All international student applications for the Master of Nursing Studies can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Nursing Studies is 5491. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

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.

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 Nursing Studies is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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