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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

Designed for registered nurses, the Master of Emergency Nursing aims to assist nurses currently working in the emergency environment. Develop the specialist knowledge and skills to work closely with patients and their families who are confronted with trauma, accidents or acute and unexpected illnesses as you become a clinical leader.

Why study with us?

  • Develop the knowledge and skills to assist emergency presentations, support the patient and family at a time of great vulnerability, and assist them with their journey either to hospital admission or safe discharge home.
  • Learn from leading researchers in the field of emergency nursing care as you build upon your individual clinical experience.
  • Learn to anticipate and prioritise patient care, provide accurate assessment, intervention and effective ongoing management, often in a busy, autonomous and stressful environment.
  • Acquire the specialist knowledge and skills to provide high-quality patient care as a leader in emergency nursing treatment. 
  • Apply your expertise as you explore a particular area of your interest with a work-based project or research thesis as part of the capstone component of this degree.

Who should study this course?

Our postgraduate nursing degrees are designed for registered nurses who are looking to build their professional practice capabilities and advance to a leadership role in nursing.    

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. 
  • 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

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 with your application:

  1. academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
  2. testamurs of 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. Statement of Support Clinical Assessment Requirement form ;
  8. evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate;
  9. 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

The Master of Emergency 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 emergency 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:

Units of Study

Capstone experience

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 Emergency Nursing all students either complete a work-based project or research project as a capstone experience. The independent work required to develop the research thesis is conducted under the guidance of a supervisor.

Admission criteria

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

(a) a pre-registration nursing degree with credit average from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or

(b) an embedded graduate certificate or graduate 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.

Domestic applicants are required to have a minimum of one year's experience as a registered nurse, be working in emergency nursing and provide a statement of support from their supervisor or manager in order to undertake the required clinical assessments.

International applicants are required to have a minimum of one year's experience in emergency nursing and have a choice of providing a statement of support from their supervisor if they wish to undertake the required clinical assessments in their home country, or else the clinical assessments can be undertaken at the Sydney Nursing School under simulated conditions.

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.

Course opportunities

This program is available at multiple levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The courses are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace.

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

Award units taken at graduate diploma and graduate certificate levels may also count towards a master’s degree.

Any non-award units of study already completed may also be credited towards a master's degree.

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.

Career Pathways

Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to emergency nursing. Nursing practice in emergency departments may range from life-saving interventions to providing health promotion and injury prevention information.

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