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Master of Nursing

  • Awarded by

    University of New England

  • Qualification

    Master's Degree

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    FEE-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    1 or 1.5 years full-time; up to 6 years part-time

  • Start Date

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Last modified: 02 Feb 2017

About this course

With a focus on evidence-based practice and scholarship in healthcare, the Master of Nursing qualification is open to qualified nurses looking to expand on their existing skills and open up new career opportunities.

The course offers specialisations in mental health, nursing management or rural nursing, allowing you to target your studies toward your particular career goals. The skills gained in this degree are highly portable and will allow you to work in a number of different healthcare settings.

Delivered entirely online by University of New England (UNE), this course allows you the flexibility to pursue postgraduate qualifications while managing your work and personal schedule.

  • Prerequisites


    To be eligible for entry into this course, you must hold a current Nursing registration (e.g. Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia) or equivalent, and meet one of the following criteria below: 

    • Hold a Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent; OR
    • Hold a Graduate Certificate in Nursing; OR
    • Hold a Graduate Diploma in Nursing; OR
    • Satisfy the School by means of other relevant nursing qualifications and workplace experience (at least equivalent to a Bachelor of Nursing degree). 

    You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

  • Subjects

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    In this nursing course, the subjects you may study include:

    Core units:

    • Research methods 1 and 2
    • Capstone project
    • Leadership in healthcare
    • Contemporary practice issues

    And one of the following specialisations:

    • Mental health
    • Nursing management
    • Rural nursing
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  • Why University of New England?

    Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.

    The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

    With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

    To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Master of Nursing from the University of New England. 

This qualification will allow graduates to pursue employment opportunities in the healthcare system at a local, national or international level. Depending on their chosen area of specialisation, the opportunities for work in research, education and clinical environments will vary.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem-solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Wondering where a career in nursing could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Aged Care Worker
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Therapy Aide
  • Home Economist
  • Nursing Manager


Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.


You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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