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Master of Nursing Studies

Overview

Learn everything you need to know to work as a registered nurse in Australia.

This program has been specifically designed to prepare you to work as a registered nurse in Australia within two years. You'll learn to work effectively in interprofessional teams to promote quality health outcomes through safe and effective nursing practice developed to meet Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s Registered Nurse Standards for Practice.

All teaching activities take place at the Translational Research Institute at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba. Throughout the program, you'll undertake more than 880 hours of supervised clinical placements in a range of settings, including hospitals and a variety of healthcare organisations. These clinical placements will take place at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and other clinical partner sites.

You'll learn the most relevant theories and the latest skills from health and nursing professionals, and you'll benefit from a program that takes a problem-based approach to learning and integrates classroom-based study with clinical practice. You'll develop clinical reasoning skills to provide high-quality, safe and effective care.

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

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
QTAC Code
720202
Program Code
5491
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$33376 (indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
QTAC Code
720202
Program Code
5491
CRICOS Code
069418D
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Join the school ranked first in Queensland, fourth in Australia and 21st in the world for nursing.
  • Prepare for a career with in-demand skills, ready for an industry experiencing high jobs growth.
  • Undertake more than 880 hours of clinical practice in both supervised placements and clinical laboratories.

4 in the world for nursing

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars

Placements and work experience

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 Placements website.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Early lifespan nursing
  • Musculoskeletal health and injury prevention
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory nursing
  • Neuroendocrine and MH nursing

See all courses in this program

See program rules [PDF]

In Semester 1, 2021, we'll be teaching courses on campus and online. Delivery modes vary for each course and may change in future semesters.

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Registered nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Paediatric nurse
  • Perioperative nurse
  • Remote area nurse
  • Emergency care nurse
  • Registered nurse (aged care)
  • Oncology nurse
  • Rehabilitation nurse
  • Community nurse

Graduate salary

Nursing (postgraduate)

$81K–$91K

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Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian College of Nursing

Professional registration

When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Please see the NMBA <a href=http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx>website</a> for additional mandatory registration requirements

Program accreditation

The Master of Nursing Studies is accredited by:

  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council

Entry requirements

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.

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 language requirements

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.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

Bridging English (BE) results, TOEFL PB, CES, and BEP not accepted.

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

On admission, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire, supply a criminal history check, and obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current First Aid Certificate (including CPR) and Blue Card. You will also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood-borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. Further details can be found on the Placements website.

English Language Requirements
You must have attended and satisfactorily completed at least 6 years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English. At least two years of this education must have been between grades 7 and 12. This education must have been completed in one of the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
Applicants who do not meet the above language requirements will need to provide evidence of meeting the program specific higher English language requirements outlined under the `Meeting the higher requirements¿ section on the following website.

Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

On admission, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire, supply a criminal history check, and obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current First Aid Certificate (including CPR) and Blue Card. You will also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood-borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. Further details can be found on the Placements website.

English Language Requirements
You must have attended and satisfactorily completed at least 6 years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English. At least two years of this education must have been between grades 7 and 12. This education must have been completed in one of the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
Applicants who do not meet the above language requirements will need to provide evidence of meeting the program specific higher English language requirements outlined under the `Meeting the higher requirements¿ section on the following website.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Nursing Studies are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $33,376

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Nursing Studies for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

HECS-HELP

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,761

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

This 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 (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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.

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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