The University of Queensland

Master of Nursing Studies



University Location Brisbane, Queensland
City Population 2.3 million
Student Population 56,278
Int'l Student Population 20,982
Main Campus St Lucia
Program Campus St Lucia, Brisbane
Program Duration 2 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $35,376 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February & July
Next Available Intake February 2023
Application Deadline Variable*
International Places No set quota


In the UQ Master of Nursing Studies program, you will benefit from a program that takes a problem-based approach to learning and integrates classroom-based study with clinical practice. You will develop clinical reasoning skills to provide high-quality, safe, and effective care, and will learn the most relevant theories and the latest skills from health and nursing professionals.

UQ’s nursing programs are regularly updated to include topical and innovative study areas, which means your knowledge will be the most current.


As a UQ Master of Nursing student, you will develop clinical skills and experiences from your very first semester. During your first year you’ll undertake morning and evening shifts at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. In your final year, you’ll complete night and weekend shifts where you’ll refine and develop your skill-set.

You will undertake approximately 800 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings, including hospitals and a variety of healthcare organizations. During placements, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop clinical skills in a real-life setting.

You will commence your clinical placements in week four of the program. During the first year, you will normally complete approximately 38 eight-hour shifts and in the final year you will complete approximately 86 eight-hour shifts.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree

You must have a completed undergraduate degree from a recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 (approximately 65% +) and have extensive pre-existing knowledge in biology, chemistry, or physics at undergraduate level (or equivalent).

Admission Timeline

*Application deadlines are November 29 for the February intake, and April 29 for the July intake; however, you are strongly encouraged to submit your application as early as possible as this program can fill quickly.


“…the hands-on practical component is invaluable”

[The university] has an excellent reputation and has provided me with excellent locations for clinical practicums. The program itself is interesting, and the hands-on practical component is invaluable. Also, there is a heavy emphasis on "self-directed learning," which is understandable at this level of education. ...the course conveners are all very approachable, and understanding of the limitations of the program, and so are usually keen to help in any way they can.

Jan P
Master of Nursing Studies
The University of Queensland, 2019