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 $36,832 AUD (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake January
Next Available Intake 2025
Application Deadline TBA*
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.


The University of Melbourne offers an integrated curriculum where you will learn theory alongside your clinical placement. Clinical and bioscience topics are coordinated to enhance your understanding of theory in practice. You will participate in 6 to 8 weeks of intensive teaching each semester, followed by three or four weeks of professional experience placement with partner hospitals. This degree offers a higher ratio of placement to theory compared to many other professional entry nursing degrees in Australia with more than 800 hours of placement experience including specialist placements in mental health.

Melbourne’s clinical placements are in the largest major metropolitan teaching hospitals which offer a variety of clinical practice opportunities and research collaborations. The university has state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories with the latest 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.

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 (approximately 70% +) and have extensive pre-existing knowledge in human anatomy/physiology. If you do not have some grounding in human anatomy, you should take the online subject Introductory Human Physiology to prepare for the course.

Admission Timeline

*The University of Melbourne Master of Nursing Science program uses rounds to assess applications. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Rounds for 2024 Intake 

Round 1 (main round) application closing date: September 1, 2023 (this program has been filled)
Round 2: Subject to places being available after Round 1
Offers to be issued from mid- to late November. Outcomes will continue to be provided to applicants throughout November and December. Please keep an eye on your email for updates at this time.


“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