Take your career to the next level with postgraduate education for registered nurses.
Gain specialist expertise and leadership skills alongside the confidence to advance your clinical practice in a range of areas and progress towards senior healthcare roles.
Why study this course?
Learn from leading researchers in nursing practice and the study of the clinical environment and solidify your theoretical foundations of nursing practice. You will also develop your confidence to use the latest research-based evidence to inform your clinical decision making.
During this one and a half year degree, you will build on the knowledge you have gained through your clinical practice, with an emphasis on the provision of high-quality care and patient safety.
Upon completion of this course, you will have the knowledge, skills, and attributes required to develop initiatives in healthcare and make a substantial contribution to healthcare policy and development.
Who should study this course?
Designed for registered nurses, the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice explores the ways nurses work and practice within clinical environments.
Financing your studies
There are no specialisations for this course.
For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by Sydney Nursing School. Please note that late applications may be accepted. Please scan and upload the following documents with your application:
(1) academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
(2) testamurs for any degrees or diplomas;
(3) current authority to practice as a registered nurse in Australia or overseas (4) passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
(5) marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;
(6) Curriculum Vitae, including nursing employment experience (position, start and end dates, employer, FT, PT or casual);
(7) evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate; any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.
Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year
We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.
Semester 1 (February)
You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information.
Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.
Semester 1 (February)
This course covers core units (48 credit points) in the foundations of clinical practice and assessment before allowing you to choose from a range of elective units which allow you to further advance your knowledge in clinical areas of particular interest.
A work-based project or research thesis will comprise the capstone experience of this degree, providing the opportunity for you to apply your expertise as you develop a nuanced understanding of nursing practice and clinical environments.
The course consists of 60 credit points (cp), including:
In the first year, students complete 48cp of core units of study, which include four specialty-specific units for the intensive care nursing courses.
Students will undertake a work-based project or a research project as a capstone experience (12cp) and will study part-time in the final semester of their candidature. Following academic consultation, students wishing to undertake the Capstone (Research) may substitute NURS5071 with a research unit offered by the University.
Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:
A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the faculty to provide students with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.
For the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice, all students either complete a work-based project or thesis as a capstone experience.
The independent work required to develop the thesis is under the guidance of a supervisor.
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Advanced Practice Nursing will hold:
In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.
In addition, the applicant is required to be a registered nurse in Australia or overseas and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice.
The handbooks online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in nursing.
The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.
Outstanding graduates who complete the Capstone (Research) for this course may pursue a higher degree by research in:
A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.
Completion of this degree can also be a pathway into the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).
Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to clinical nursing.
Clinical nurses work in a variety of settings in the acute sector and the community and managing patients with both acute and chronic health concerns.
They may also be involved in education, administration or research.