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University of Melbourne Nursing School in Australia

Program Overview - Master of Nursing Science

University and Faculty: University of Melbourne
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Program: Master of Nursing Science
University Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
City Population: 4.8 million
Student Population: 50,000
Campus Location: Parkville campus, downtown Melbourne
Program Duration: 2 years
Semester Intake: February/March each year
Next Avail. Intake: February/March 2020
Est. Annual Tuition: $31,776 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total Tuition: $65,140 AUD (2019)

The Melbourne Master of Nursing Science is a graduate professional degree. The MNSc recognises the nature of contemporary health care delivery in light of the impact of rapidly changing medical and information technologies, consumer demand, and government economic and health policies and offers graduates a higher-level degree with enhanced learning outcomes.

The degree is intensive and accelerates your nursing education, allowing you to complete in two years rather than the three years that is usually required for a Bachelor of Nursing degree.


Why Canadian Students Like to Study this Program

A master degree in nursing is a portable qualification, whether you want to work locally, nationally or internationally.

The curriculum includes a greater ratio of clinical hours to theory than other entry-to-practice nursing degrees. This means that you will graduate with plenty of hands-on practice to prepare you for employment. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on contemporary health care and clinical governance, and prepares you for practice in a modern and complex nursing environment where nurses continue to take leadership roles.

The University of Melbourne offers the only integrated curriculum where you learn clinical skills and theory concurrently. Clinical and bioscience topics are coordinated to enhance your understanding of theory in practice. Students usually attend classes two days per week and clinical placement in the hospital two or three days per week. Specific skill development in clinical research ensures you are confident in utilizing current research to inform your practice and as preparation for research studies.

Melbourne's clinical placements are in the largest major metropolitan teaching hospitals ensuring best clinical practice opportunities and research collaborations. The university has state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories with up-to-date medical mannequins and equipment, and dedicated laboratory staff to guide your practical skill development. The clinical skills labs are used for classes and you can book them for self-directed learning.

You will undertake a specialist elective subject in the final semester, allowing you to further develop your areas of interest. To consolidate your nursing practice, you will undertake a capstone subject in the final semester. This will enable you to apply your knowledge and seek innovative solutions to real clinical problems.

The university offers excellent on-campus student facilities and a range of student services and opportunities. They are part of the most research-intensive medical faculty in Australia.

You will be part of a diverse and talented population of students at entry-to-practice, advanced practice and research levels. The University of Melbourne employs internationally recognized nurse researchers with extensive affiliations with renowned research institutes and hospitals. As a nursing student you will have access to the best teachers and researchers with the most up-to-date practice knowledge.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

Admission requirements for the Master of Nursing Science:

  • a three-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in any discipline, completed within 10 years of application. Where this degree is older than 10 years, the Selection Committee will call for curriculum vitae and consider any graduate study completed in the intervening period to determine current capacity for graduate study, or significant relevant professional experience of greater than five years full-time equivalent
  • meet the University's English language requirements

Applicants are assumed to have some grounding at a tertiary level in human anatomy before commencing the course. Students without such grounding can take the online subject Introductory Human Physiology for nursing students to prepare for the course.

The Selection Committee may conduct interviews to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

Practicing in Australia

Graduates of the Melbourne Nursing School's Master of Nursing Science can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to become registered nurses in Australia and many overseas countries.

Returning to Canada to Practice

All nursing professions are regulated in Canada. This means that you must be registered with one of the provincial or territorial regulatory bodies to be authorized to practise as a nurse in Canada. The regulatory body for nursing in each province and territory handles the assessment of qualifications for internationally educated nurses and the scheduling of nurses to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination.

Graduates from Canada who wish to practice as a registered nurse upon their return to Canada should be aware of the certification process for foreign-trained nurses in their province of residence.

For information about the Canadian certification processes for foreign-trained registered nurses, please visit the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) website.


Total Number of Places in the Program: variable

Application Deadline: Applications for the 2019 intake closed September 13, 2018. For information about the 2020 intake and to apply, contact OzTREKK!

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Meghan Strank

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