The University of Melbourne

Master of Nursing Science



University Location Melbourne, Victoria
City Population 5.3 million
Student Population 54,000
Int'l Student Population 23,760
Main Campus Parkville (Melbourne)
Program Campus Parkville
Program Duration 2 years
Estimated Annual Tuition AUD$40,000 (2025 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake January
Next Available Intake 2025
Application Deadline August 29, 2024*
International Places No set limit


The Master of Nursing Science from the University of Melbourne is a professional master’s degree that provides exceptional preparation for a nursing career. The degree is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and enables you to practice as a registered nurse.

As a nursing student at Melbourne, 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. You will have access to outstanding teachers and researchers with up-to-date practice knowledge.

According to the 2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject (Nursing), the University of Melbourne is ranked #3 in Australia and #27 in the world.


As a student of the University of Melbourne’s Master of Nursing Science, you will have a passion for providing nursing care and expertise. Combining theory, simulation-based skill training and comprehensive clinical practice, this degree will prepare you to meet the challenges of healthcare as a registered nurse.

The Master of Nursing Science curriculum emphasizes significant contemporary health problems identified as National Health Priority Areas: cardiovascular health, cancer control, injury prevention and control, mental health, diabetes mellitus, and asthma.

Teaching is based on up-to-date research which allows you to apply the most relevant theory to your practice to ensure best practice and best patient outcomes. In the final semester, following theoretical and clinical preparation, you’ll undertake a specialist elective subject in an area of interest and a capstone practice subject to consolidate your theoretical and practical knowledge.

Clinical Placements
The University of Melbourne offers the only integrated nursing curriculum where you learn clinical skills and theory concurrently. Clinical and bioscience topics are coordinated to enhance your understanding of theory in practice. You’ll participate in 6 to 8 weeks of intensive teaching each semester, followed by 3 or 4 weeks of professional experience placement with partner hospitals.

Clinical placements are in the largest major metropolitan teaching hospitals, ensuring best clinical practice opportunities and research collaborations with up-to-date medical manikins 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.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree from a recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7/4.0 and have a foundational understanding of human anatomy and physiology. If you don’t have a science background, or if you have not studied for several years, the online short course Biochemical Basis for Human Life is highly recommended. While not compulsory, this course strongly recommended as you prepare to commence study in the Master of Nursing Science.

Admission Timeline

*While the application deadline for the 2025 intake is August 29, 2024, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


“Love the program, placements and instructors”

Great campus, close group of people from the cohort, university events and able to speak to professors whenever needed. Love the program, placements and instructors.

Julia V
Master of Nursing Science
The University of Melbourne, 2019