Degree details

This course builds on from the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing and the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing and aims to expand the health clinician's knowledge and skills in clinical nursing at a specialist and advanced level. The course includes carefully designed coursework units with embedded research-led teaching, with both project and thesis options.

Graduates of the Master of Clinical Nursing will be able to:

  • evaluate issues and challenges confronting the clinical practice within the health care sector
  • conceptualise new and creative approaches to clinical nursing to support service delivery in culturally-diverse health care settings
  • connect theory, practice and research with regard to clinical nursing in the health care workplace
  • examine the ethical aspects of personal, professional, social, cultural, environmental and institutional changes within contemporary health care delivery and respond to such changes
  • reflect on options and opportunities to enhance professional practice in contemporary local, regional and global health care contexts
  • contribute to values-based professional practice in dynamic and challenging environments.

Graduates may seek employment in government or private health care and education facilities in clinical nursing, education and research.

Higher education

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Clinical Nursing an applicant must have completed one of:

  • a Bachelor of Nursing;
  • the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing; OR
  • the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing

Work and Life

An applicant must:

  1. Hold current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA);
  2. Be employed in a substantive position in their chosen specialisation unless approved otherwise by the Course Coordinator.

English Proficiency Requirements

Academic IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (with minimum scores of 6.0 in all tests).

Special requirements

Students must be a Registered Nurse and be employed in a substantive position in their chosen specialisation. They need to remain employed in this specialty nursing area while studying the four clinical nursing units (Graduate Certificate level) unless approved otherwise by the Course Coordinator.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Master of Clinical Nursing, a student must complete 120 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

  • For Project Stream:
    • 40 cp from Clinical Nursing Units;
    • 60 cp from Project Stream Units;
    • 20 cp from Elective Units.
  • For Research Stream:
    • 40 cp from Clinical Nursing units;
    • 80 cp from Research Stream Units.

Students need to remain employed in the specialty nursing area while studying the x4 clinical nursing units (Grad Cert level) unless approved otherwise by the Course Coordinator.