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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

Some units of study and/or placements relating to this course cannot be delivered remotely or online for students commencing their study in Semester 1, 2021. You will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 2, 2021.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this course

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

  • We offer a number of scholarships to postgraduate nursing students. Find out more about the faculty-based opportunities available to you. You may also be eligible for a NSW Health postgraduate scholarship. Valued at up to $8000, these scholarships are available to registered nurses and midwives who are working in full or part-time permanent positions in the NSW public health system. Applications close on 28 February 2020.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

  • If your studies are related to your employment, out-of-pocket course fees may also be tax deductible. Find out more at the Australian Taxation Office.
  • You may also be eligible for HECS-HELP. This means your fee payment is deferred through a government loan.


Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee


Applications for Susan Wakil Scholarships are now open.

Applications for Susan Wakil Scholarships are now open.

How to apply

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.

Closing dates

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.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

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. 

Closing dates

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.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

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:

  • core units of study (48cp)
  • capstone (12cp). 

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: 

2019 postgraduate nursing study timetables

Unit of study overview

Units of Study

Capstone (compulsory project)

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.

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Advanced Practice Nursing will hold:

  • a pre-registration nursing degree with credit average from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
  • an embedded graduate certificate or diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. 

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.

Inherent requirements

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.

Future study options

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.

Learn more about our research degrees and research capability.

Completion of this degree can also be a pathway into the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

Career Pathways

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.

Domestic students

International students

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