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Global leaders in nursing

  • #2 in Australia 2021 QS Subject Rankings
  • #13 in the world 2021 QS Subject Rankings

Postgraduate courses for nurses

Specialise in your field, discover postgraduate education for nurses
Sydney Nursing School offers postgraduate courses in a range of specialty areas designed for nurses who want to take the next step in their career.

Our specialist postgraduate nursing degrees build on the knowledge you have gained as a registered nurse, solidifying the theoretical foundations of your practice.

You will learn how to use the latest evidence to inform your clinical decision making, giving you the confidence to work as a leader in a range of healthcare settings.

What degrees can I do?

We offer our courses at the graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's level. Students can enrol in a graduate certificate or diploma and later credit their studies towards a master's degree.

Choose from a range of specialty areas

To be eligible for professional nursing education, students must have completed a pre-registration nursing degree and are required to be a registered nurse in Australia or overseas.

Postgraduate courses for nurses

Discover postgraduate education for nurses at Sydney Nursing School

Is a postgraduate nursing course for me?

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.

Why study at Sydney Nursing School?

  • The University of Sydney is ranked first in Australia for graduate employability.*
  • Benefit from face-to-face learning and collaboration with your peers.
  • Be taught by experts in nursing.
  • Choose how to fit study into your life with full-time and part-time options, as well as self-paced online study for some components of the program.

How to fund your postgrad education

We know that the decision to go back to university to study can be a big one, especially as you factor in the cost of your degree.

Here are some options to make the choice a bit easier for you:

  • We have scholarships for rural and regional students, as well as those from greater Sydney and all around Australia that cover some or all of the tuition fees.
  • If you’re currently working as a nurse in a NSW Health facility, you also may be eligible for a NSW Health Scholarship of up to $8000 depending on what level of study you undertake.
  • Most our of postgraduate nursing programs offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs), significantly reducing the cost of your degree. You don’t need to worry about applying for a CSP as you’ll automatically be assessed when you apply for a place in the course, and they are awarded based on merit.
  • The government also provides support in the form of loans to postgraduate students. Learn more about how to take advantage of FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP to support your nursing education.

However you choose to study with us, you won’t have to pay for everything at once. You’ll only be charged per unit of study, and we’ll only invoice you twice a year (once per semester).

* QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020


Graduate stories

John Won – Emergency Nurse

"Now, and even more so in the future, there’s going to be a huge skills gap in nursing. It’s going to be more important that we offer acute level care services to older people in their homes."

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