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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
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Conduct cutting-edge research and contribute to the development of nursing

Our Master of Nursing (Research) supports Registered Nurses to develop the knowledge and skills required to: plan, conduct and disseminate the findings of rigorous research. Our strong commitment to research will empower you to reach the forefront of a nursing specialty area of your choice. Enrol in the course to discover new information and ultimately improve the health outcomes of individuals, families and communities. 

Complete a Master of Nursing (Research) to:

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

Study opportunities

  • The Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra is actively involved in the areas of health education and research, and members of the nursing team are engaged in the broader health community.
  • Our partnership with the ACT Government Health Directorate, including the Research Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Practice, facilitates seminars, workshops and conferences to disseminate cutting-edge research and collaboratively develop innovative approaches to complex challenges facing the health sector.
  • Many of our staff members hold leadership positions within the profession and contribute to establishing the high professional standards of nursing internationally.

Important to know

4 semesters full-time or part-time equivalent. 


Prospective Students - Domestic
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Prospective Students - International
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Current and Commencing Students
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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

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

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.




  • 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
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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