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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 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing this course in 2021 and 2022 can commence their studies remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Remote study is not available for some units of study and/or placements essential to this course and you will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 1, Year 2.

About this course

The combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Nursing program develops analytical and critical capabilities alongside the skills and expertise you need to become a registered nurse. It opens up a wide range of career opportunities across both clinical and non-clinical settings.

Why study this course?

As an arts and nursing student, you will learn from leaders in the humanities and healthcare disciplines, gaining a broad interdisciplinary knowledge alongside leadership and critical thinking skills.

You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the impact of nursing practice within local and global health contexts, and across changing healthcare systems.

You will graduate with two degrees after four years of full-time study and will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Complementing your nursing studies, the Bachelor of Arts allows you to explore your passions, interests and ambitions as you develop all-round professional capabilities. 

With a diverse range of experience and expertise, you will be highly employable in both clinical and non-clinical settings spanning nursing and healthcare, media and communications, government, community organisations and research.

How will you learn? 

Both degrees are taught on campus, with lectures and tutorials. You will also complete a substantial amount of practical work, with 880 hours of clinical placements in the nursing component of your degree. 

What will you study?

Offering broad choice across more than 45 subject areas in the humanities and social sciences, no two arts degrees are quite the same. You will study a major and a minor, choosing both from our broad choice across the humanities and social sciences, or selecting your minor from the University's shared pool.

Although there are no majors in the Master of Nursing, focus areas within this course include: acute care, aged care, chronic illness, clinical practice, Indigenous health, mental healthcare and management, pharmacology, physiology, professional practice, social and health policy.

Bachelor of Arts majors include:

American Studies History
Ancient Greek Indonesian Studies (Introductory)
Ancient History Indonesian Studies (Intermediate)
Anthropology Indonesian Studies (Advanced)
Arabic Language and Cultures (Introductory) International Relations
Arabic Language and Cultures (Intermediate) International and Comparative Literary Studies
Arabic Language and Cultures (Advanced) Italian Studies (Introductory)
Archaeology Italian Studies (Intermediate)
Art History Italian Studies (Advanced)
Asian Studies Japanese Studies (Introductory)
Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew Japanese Studies (Junior Intermediate)
Chinese Studies (Introductory) Japanese Studies (Senior Intermediate)
Chinese Studies (Intermediate) Japanese Studies (Advanced)
Chinese studies (Advanced) Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture
Criminology Korean Studies (Introductory)
Cultural Studies Korean Studies (Intermediate)
Digital Cultures Korean Studies (Advanced)
Econometrics Korean Studies (Heritage Speaker)
Economic Policy Latin
Economics Linguistics
English Modern Greek Studies (Introductory)
Environmental, Agricultural and Resource Economics Modern Greek Studies (Intermediate)
European Studies Modern Greek Studies (Advanced)
Film Studies Music
Financial Economics Philosophy
French and Francophone Studies (Introductory) Political Economy
French and Francophone Studies (Intermediate) Politics
French and Francophone Studies (Advanced) Socio-Legal Studies
Gender Studies Sociology
Germanic Studies (German) (Introductory) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Introductory)
Germanic Studies (German) (Intermediate) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Intermediate)
Germanic Studies (German) (Advanced) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Advanced)
Hebrew (Modern) (Introductory) Studies in Religion
Hebrew (Modern) (Intermediate) Theatre and Performance Studies
Hebrew (Modern) (Advanced) Visual Arts

Subject areas

Completion of a Table A major in the Bachelor of Arts is a requirement of this combined degree. A major from Table A is offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. For further information please refer to the Bachelor of Arts.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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

English language proficiency

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

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate scholarship deadlines apply visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 15 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 apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

What you'll study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 860 hours.

This translates to 40 hours per week.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

Assumed knowledge

Bachelor of Arts: Depends on the areas or units of study. For language studies: pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following:

  • English language requirements as detailed below.

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

It is required that applicants have the ability to undertake clinical placements and the Sydney Nursing School Clinical Placement Provisions 2020 contains further details of the requirements.

Applicants who are registered as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia are not eligible to apply for this course.

English requirements

Whether you are a domestic or an international student you must submit an English language declaration form (pdf, 59KB). If English is not your primary language*, you are required to undertake one of the following English language proficiency tests and achieve at least the minimum score required:

a) The IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

b) The PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 68 and a minimum score of 68 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

c) The TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 96 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:

  • 24 for Listening
  • 24 for reading
  • 27 for writing
  • 23 for speaking

English language proficiency tests must be completed within two years of course commencement.

*Primary language means the language you primarily use and the language that you know best and are most comfortable with. You need to have completed at least six years of schooling including at last two years of secondary school (years 7-12) in English in one of the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada, Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The academic criteria that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice.  The University Calendar is the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Inherent requirements

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.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

The Master of Nursing component of this course requires completion of clinical placements that prepare graduates for professional practice. Students undertake more than 800 hours of clinical placements over their course of study and practise skills in the Sydney Nursing School's clinical laboratories and high fidelity simulation wards. During the final year of the course, students complete a four week clinical placement in an area in which they may choose to specialise in: paediatrics, mental health, high acuity, or clinical nursing. Due to the requirements of professional practice and the integrated structure of the course, exchange units of study in both arts and nursing are not available.


Professional Registration

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, the accrediting body for professional nursing practice in Australia. In addition to nursing, students are encouraged to become members of professional associations concerned with their arts areas of study.

Association membership for students is often heavily discounted and may provide:

  • opportunities for networking;
  • conferences on topical issues providing local and international perspectives;
  • research on areas of practice, quality and innovation;
  • interest groups in specific areas of industry;
  • regular journals and other publications;
  • access to current salary information based on surveys conducted by the association;
  • advice on workplace agreements;
  • events offering professional development and ongoing learning; scholarships, awards and prizes;
  • further study (including short courses, professional accreditation programs, or postgraduate qualifications).


Career pathways

Career opportunities in clinical settings include:

  • Public and private hospitals
  • Trauma and emergency care
  • Mental health nursing
  • Aged care
  • Community nursing
  • Home care nursing
  • Drug and alcohol centres
  • Rural and remote nursing
  • Overseas aid

Career opportunities in non-clinical settings include:

  • Scientific, medical and pharmaceutical companies
  • Health promotion
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Policy development
Future study options

Sydney Nursing School offers a range of advanced learning postgraduate specialty nursing programs, including, cancer and haematology nursing, clinical nursing, clinical trials practice, emergency nursing, intensive care nursing, mental health nursing and nurse practitioner. Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

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