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Master of Nursing (Research) - 221AB

Course Code: 221AB
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Nursing
CRICOS Code: 019928G
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Research, your way forward

If you’re an experienced registered nurse looking to explore more opportunities in research skills to a new level, then the Master of Nursing (Research), will help you plan, conduct a research project and disseminate your findings in the form of a thesis in a specialty area of your choice.

This course is your chance to become recognised as a specialist in nursing while gaining a better understanding and appreciation of the complex social, economic and medical challenges facing the health sector.

Once completed, you’ll be ready to take your career further in nursing, look for new employment in the field of medical research, or enter academia - as this course offers a clear pathway to UC’s Professional Doctorate in Nurse Practitioner (Research) course.

As a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), this course is also covered under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for domestic students for the standard duration of the course.

Study a Master of Nursing (Research) at UC and you will:

  • receive expert supervision to learn how to critically examine, apply, evaluate and transmit your research evidence and new knowledge
  • be encouraged and supported in your choice of research topics
  • benefit from a strong program of assistance and research training
  • benefit from participating in a lively culture of innovation and scholarly exchange.
  • develop leadership skills

Work Integrated Learning

The concept of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is central to the UC approach to education and with the Master of Nursing (Research), you’ll help drive an in-depth clinical research project exploring a real-world issue in healthcare - with the aim of improving, advancing or expanding the Australian nursing practice knowledge base.

With ongoing support and encouragement from a dedicated supervisor and industry expert, you’ll also be invited to participate in industry-related seminars, workshops, and conferences where you’ll be exposed to cutting-edge research and innovative healthcare solutions.

Career opportunities

A Master of Nursing (Research) qualification from UC opens many doors and will help you stand out in any of the following career positions such as:

  • clinical research nurse
  • nurse researcher
  • clinical nurse specialist
  • clinical nurse educator
  • nurse administrator
  • advanced practice nurse
  • nurse unit manager
  • clinical nurse consultant
  • nurse academic

Course-specific information

Applicants need to meet all the following criteria:

  • hold a Bachelor of Nursing or honours degree in nursing, or relevant area (which may include arts or science), with a Credit or higher average
  • show evidence of a capacity for research experience at a master’s level
  • must have undertaken at least two years of relevant work experience as a registered nurse.
  • be registered or eligible to register as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), or equivalent overseas regulatory body
  • All students are required to undergo a Police Record Check prior to undertaking clinical research.
Note: Domestic students who are accepted on this course are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for the standard duration of the course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you’ll be charged the annual fee rate that applied at the start of your degree. Further information on fees for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students can be found here.


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Admission Requirements

The entry requirements for the course are:
a) A degree or Honours degree in nursing or a relevant area, with at least an average grade of Credit or better;
b) Evidence of a capacity for conducting research at the Masters level; and
c) Not less than two years of relevant work experience as a registered nurse.

A relevant degree may include an Arts or Science degree. Students undertaking clinical research will also be required to have registration (or be eligible for registration) as a nurse in the ACT.

Additional Admission Requirements

Police checks required.

Assumed Knowledge


Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Nursing M Nurs

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Diploma in Nursing

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Research: The unit is research focused. Attendance at regular classes in not required, however on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course based on a full time load. Domestic students should note that you are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for your fees for the standard duration of your course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the fee rate for the current year, noting that fees are indexed annually. Further information on fees for higher degree by research students can be found here.

Professional Accreditation


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
At completion of the course, students will have Critically analysed complex information in their specialty area of nursing, including problems and related concepts, to generate and refine a suitable research question 1. Innovation and creativity
2. Critical judgement and reflection
Developed advanced and integrated knowledge of the research process through the development, implementation, management, and completion of a research project 4. Management of research
5. Professionalism and social responsibility
Interpreted and synthesised data collected as part of the research project, derived high quality findings, and generated rigorous recommendations
Theoretically positioned the research process and research findings within the relevant body of knowledge
2. Critical judgement and reflection
Translated and communicated research findings and recommendations to relevant clinical, policy, and/or industry stakeholders to achieve change. 3. Communication
5. Professionalism and social responsibility

Course Duration

Standard: 4 semesters full-time or part-time equivalent.



Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2020 NO NO


  • Past Offerings
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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