La Trobe University

Master of Nursing Science


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20 months
Annual tuition fee (A$)
TBC (2017 indicative fee $32 000)

This online course gives you the chance to study with a leader in nursing education alongside your other commitments. You'll develop advanced knowledge of nursing research along with the educational or leadership and management skills you need to make a positive impact on your work environment and the health of your community.

We aim to provide students with the knowledge and skills in research and their chosen area of professional practice (nursing education or leadership and management). The course enables you to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, specialised proficiency and effective communication skills for ethically oriented nursing practice. You will be able to make high level independent judgements, plan, implement and evaluate practice in specialty contexts, and function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

This course is ideal for suitably qualified nurses, who want to pursue a career in nursing education or leadership and management. The course is delivered via a flexible online mode and comprises learning modules delivered via LMS. Internet access is an essential requirement for this course.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirement

A recognised nursing degree (equivalent to an Australian Bachelor's degree).

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Career outcomes

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

TBC (2017 indicative fee $32 000)


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Applications for 2018 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805. See the online program for more information.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Additional information

This course has seven intakes every year, in January, February April. June, July, September and October. The course is fully online so students require internet access. Browsers that are compatible with the LMS are: - MS Internet Explorer 8 for PCs - Firefox 27 or later for Macs - Safari 5 or later for Macs - Firefox 27 or later for PCs - Google Chrome 11 or later As a La Trobe online student, you will have email and telephone access to a designated student services specialist, trained to help you overcome any challenge that may arise. You will be provided with the contact details once you have been accepted into the course. In addition, you may utilise Peer Learning Advisers as a resource. PLAs are experienced and successful students who are trained to assist you with your studies and use of the library. PLAs can help you with all your study and general inquiries. If they can't, they know who can, and will connect you to other services. Please remember: studying one of our online courses as an international student doesn’t make you eligible for an Australian student visa. You need to have an on-campus place with an Australian education provider to be eligible for an Australian student visa. Because this course is online, students studying this course don’t meet this requirement.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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