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Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing

University of Sydney

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Experienced registered nurses can undertake further graduate study to specialise in other areas of nursing, including cancer and haematology, mental health, emergency and critical care.

Areas of study

A major from 513910 Bachelor of Science Table A, and electives from Table A or Table S and the Open Learning Environment. For Nursing: Acute care, aged care, chronic illness, clinical practice, Indigenous health, mental health care and management, pharmacology, physiology, professional practice, social and health policy.

Career opportunities

Registered nurse working in a range of health care settings including aged care, cancer care, clinical trials, community health, critical care, emergency, health policy, hospitals, mental health, pharmaceutical industries, public health, remote area health.

Professional recognition

The Master of Nursing is fully accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council, and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a nurse in Australia with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (conditions apply).

Practical experience

A minimum of 800 hours of clinical and practical workplace experience is undertaken during the course. Placements are organised in acute hospital environments, mental health and community health facilities, primary care, and in regional and rural settings. You will also learn in clinical simulation laboratories. You may have the opportunity to undertake an overseas clinical placement during your final semester. You will need to cover the related costs of this placement. For more information on clinical placements, visit the University of Sydney website.

Fees and charges

The Australian Government subsidises the tuition fee for this course. The remaining balance is paid by the student. Current University of Sydney fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

Inherent requirements: To successfully complete this course, a student must be able to carry out a list of inherent requirements outlined on the University of Sydney website.

Note: Special requirements and policies apply.


Mathematics Advanced (Band 4) or Mathematics Extension 1 (Band E3) or Mathematics Extension 2 (Band E3).

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Extension 1 (depending on subjects selected). All students must take some units of study in mathematics during their undergraduate degree.

Guaranteed ATAR: 80.00 for all combined Nursing courses, subject to non-ATAR criteria being met. A guide to guaranteed ATARs.

Dalyell Scholars: This stream for high achieving students (ATAR of 98.00 or higher) provides mentorship, professional skills development, academic enrichment opportunities and access to a global mobility scholarship. Entry to the Dalyell Scholars program is by invitation.

Applicants with higher education study

The Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) is also available as a two-year pre-registration degree for students with a previous tertiary qualification. For information about the Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry), visit the University of Sydney website.

Other applicants

Refer to the University of Sydney general admission criteria.

Further information

View all details of this course on the USYD website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the UAC course search regularly.

Global mobility/international experience
At the University of Sydney, every undergraduate student has access to global opportunities. These opportunities may include overseas field schools, global professional placements, and student exchanges (one-year, single semester and shorter term durations) with more than 300 partner universities worldwide.

Open Learning Environment (OLE)
Open Learning Environment (OLE) courses are short, on-demand and workshop-supported. They enable you to broaden your skills in areas such as entrepreneurial thinking, persuasive communication, project management and ethical reasoning. Zero credit point OLEs are available to all students at the University, while students in liberal studies degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce or combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies) and some specialist degrees (Bachelor of Economics) will be required to take 12 credit points of OLE units during their studies.

Faculty handbooks
View available first-year subjects in the University of Sydney handbooks.