Take your career to the next level with postgraduate education for registered nurses.
The Master of Cancer and Haematology Nursing aims to assist nurses who care for people affected by cancer and haematological illness to develop their knowledge and skills for their care. Students will investigate the biology of cancer and haematology, associated treatments, and integrated multidisciplinary management.
Why study this course?
Cancer is the single largest cause of premature death in Australia and represents nearly one-fifth of the total burden of disease in the health system. As a cancer and haematology nursing student, you will develop a comprehensive knowledge of the prevention, diagnosis and management of cancer, future treatment trends and explore the impact of these illnesses on the individual, family and community.
You will be led by leading cancer and haematology care researchers and will learn to make evidence-based decisions using research generated at our Cancer Nursing Research Unit, an innovative collaboration between the Sydney Nursing School and the Sydney Local Health District.
With the increasing trends towards both home-based care and intensive treatments such as Stem Cell Transplantation, this course provides a broad range of content across a diverse spectrum of cancer and haematology care and explores the broadening roles for nurses throughout this field.
Who should study this course?
Designed for registered nurses, this degree aims to assist nurses who care for people affected by cancer and haematological illness to develop the knowledge and skills for their care.
Financing your studies
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.
There are no specialisations for this course.
For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.
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.
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)
The Master of Cancer and Haematology Nursing may be completed over three semesters full-time or five semesters part-time. The course consists of 60 credit points (cp), including core units of study (48cp) and a capstone (12cp).
In the first year, students complete 48cp of core units of study, which include four specialty-specific units for the cancer and haematology 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 Cancer and Haematology Nursing, all students either complete a work-based project or a research project 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 Cancer and Haematology 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.
Domestic applicants are required to have a minimum of one year's experience as a registered nurse and be working in cancer and haematology nursing.
International applicants are required to have a minimum of one year’s experience in cancer and haematology nursing.
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 are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for this course.
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.
Outstanding graduates who complete the research project as a capstone experience for this course may pursue a higher degree by research via the Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine and Health).
Graduates will have the knowledge, skills and attributes required to develop initiatives in cancer and haematology nursing and to make a substantial contribution to healthcare policy and development.
Our postgraduate nursing degrees are structured to allow students to fit study into their work and personal commitments. From part-time and full-time options, to online units and on-campus study days, here’s how postgraduate nursing degrees are structured at the University of Sydney.