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Overview

The Bachelor of Science (Health) and Master of Nursing provides a thorough grounding in health and health systems at the local, national and global levels, while developing the knowledge, skills and experience to become a registered nurse.

Why study this course? 

As a science and nursing student, specialising in health, you will be taught by leading academics and clinical professionals from across the healthcare and nursing disciplines.

Cultivating a diverse range of skills and expertise in the provision of healthcare, this program will open up a wide range of career opportunities across both clinical and non-clinical settings.

You will develop core skills in critical thinking, complex problem solving, communication and empathy.

You can complete this combined degree program in four years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. 

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 over 800 hours of clinical placements in the nursing component of your degree. 

What will you learn? 

The Bachelor of Science (Health) explores the complexity of health and healthcare provision across different sociocultural, political and economic contexts. You will:

  • complete a major in health with core units in areas such as human biology, psychology and eHealth, ensuring you gain a broad knowledge of healthcare and its latest developments before pursuing elective units in areas of your interest.

Leveraging the skills and knowledge of your science degree, in the Master of Nursing:

  • you will experience hands-on learning with over 800 hours of clinical placements to develop a comprehensive understanding of professional nursing practice.
  • you will learn to understand the impact of nursing practice within local and global health contexts, and across changing healthcare systems.
  • upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

You can also choose either a second major or a minor. Second majors include Human Movement, Disability and Participation, as well as Hearing and Speech. You may also choose a second major or minor from the shared pool of majors or from those offered in the Bachelor of Science, which are offered through the Faculty of Science academic schools:

Subject areas

You are required to complete a major in Health as part of the Bachelor of Science (Health). 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.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is

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

Direct applicants:

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 apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) 

What you'll study

This course requires the completion of 192 credit points of units of study. Explore your options.

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 880 hours.

This translates to 40 hours per week.

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

Completion requirements

Progression rules

  1. Candidates are required to complete their first 48 credit points with a weighted average mark of at least 65 to remain in the combined degree program. Candidates who do not achieve this mark may not continue in the program; however, they may elect to transfer to the single Bachelor of Science (Health) degree.

  2. Candidates may not commence Master of Nursing units of study until satisfactorily completing 48 credits points in the Bachelor of Science (Health) component. The Bachelor of Science (Health) component must be completed before continuing to the fourth and final year of the combined degree.

  3. All candidates must successfully complete all first year Master of Nursing units of study before progressing to second year Master of Nursing units of study.

  4. In exceptional circumstances a candidate may be allowed to progress to the next stage with approval by the Dean of the Sydney Nursing School.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science (Health) and Master of Nursing

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Medical Science  Major Psychology  Elective Maths Biology Elective
  2 Medical Science  Major Psychology  Elective Maths Biology Elective
2 1 Medical Science  Major The Body, Its Function and Pharmacology Illness, Experience and Nursing Care OLE (Cultural Competence: Fundamentals)
  2 Medical Science  Major Introduction to Nursing Practice Understand Health and Managing Disease OLE (Health Challenges: Allergy and Autoimmunity)
3 1 Medical Science  Major Medical Science  Major Social Contexts of Health Nursing the Acutely Ill Person
  2 Medical Science  Major Medical Science  Major Developing Nursing Practice Mental Health Nursing Practice
4 1 Care and Chronic Conditions Leadership and Collaborative Practice Community Health Nursing Research and Evidence
  2 High Acuity Nursing

 Health of   Indigenous   Populations   (MN)

Australian Health Care - Global Context  Professional Practice (MN) 

These are indicative units only, students may choose other electives and majors.

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.

Prerequisites

This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

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 that apply to the nursing component of this degree.  

Professional Registration

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, the accrediting body for professional nursing practice in Australia.

Career Pathways

  • Health promotion 
  • Policy making
  • Project and case management 
  • Consulting
  • Logistics and prcurement
  • Insurance
  • Business development
  • Marketing and public relations 
  • Registered nurse
  • Clinical nurse specialist 
  • Nurse practitioner
Future study options

Graduates of this course who wish to further their studies may choose from a broad range of courses offered by the Faculty of Science and Sydney Nursing School. Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year in the Bachelor of Science (Health).

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