Master of Advanced Nursing

Postgraduate coursework

Gain the decision-making skills needed to step up into a senior position in advanced nursing practice, leadership, management, policy, or education.

Key facts


1.5 years full time or up to 3 years part time.


Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2023 close 25 June 2023

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

With job growth of 23.1% projected for nurse managers by 2026,* there is an industry demand for registered nurses with the analytical, practical, communication and leadership skills needed to take on senior roles across a range of health care settings. Deakin’s Master of Advanced Nursing prepares you for a senior position within a multidisciplinary team or to be a leading voice in nursing.

Ranked 20th in the world,^ our School of Nursing and Midwifery is one of Australia’s largest and most established. You will learn from the best with the School’s cutting-edge research recognised as well above world standard.# You will graduate ready to advance your career, and work in leadership roles across nursing education, management, policy and research.

Are you ready to open the door to roles in advanced practice, education, management, policy and research?

The Master of Advanced Nursing prepares you to practice effectively at an advanced level. You will graduate with ethical, safe, high-quality and expert clinical decision-making skills. Plus, you will gain the specialised theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and person-centred care that is sought after in multidisciplinary teams.

As an experienced registered nurse, you will be challenged to advance your professional judgement to become a leader in evidence-based practice, and a change agent to improve the quality of nursing care and patient outcomes within modern healthcare practice.

We develop your clinical and leadership skills via core units. You will also have the opportunity to select from either a thesis or coursework stream to tailor the course according to your desired pathway.

The coursework stream allows you to customise your degree to match your career aspirations. You can choose from a mix of course-specific or general electives from across the university.

The thesis stream sets you up to pursue a research pathway upon graduation, with four dedicated thesis units and six elective units. Supported by a research supervision team and our expert staff you will create an individual research thesis.

Our course curriculum is shaped by industry insights and research from Deakin’s Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS). QPS is a leader in clinical research, quality and risk management, and has researchers within six of Victoria’s major health services. This means the course material is evidence-based, patient-focused and informed by academics, researchers and clinical experts who are leaders in their fields.

Designed for postgraduate nursing students, our innovative online program delivers a rich, interactive and empowering learning experience that will encourage critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork skills. Australia’s top-rated tech support and access to our expert teaching staff allow you to study flexibly around your work and other commitments, without compromising quality or support.

Want to further your career in a shorter time? Check out our Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing (H675) or Graduate Certificate of Advanced Nursing (H575).

Seeking to specialise in a specific area of nursing? See our Master of Advanced Clinical Nursing (H771) or associated graduate diploma and graduate certificate options with specialisations in cardiac, critical care, emergency, intensive care, intraoperative, perianaesthesia or perioperative nursing. 

*2021 Employment Outlook – for the five years to November 2026, Australian Government National Skills Commission.
2022 ShanghaiRankings Ranking of Academic Subjects. 

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Advanced Nursing

2023 course information

Deakin code
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Course structure

To complete the Master of Advanced Nursing students must attain 12 credit points. Students can choose to complete a coursework stream or a thesis stream. 

Students completing the coursework stream must complete 3 core (compulsory) units and 9 electives of which 6 must be from the course electives, listed below. The remaining electives must be level 7 postgraduate electives from anywhere in the university.

Students completing the thesis stream must complete 2 core (compulsory) units and 4 credit points of thesis units and a further 6 credit points of electives of which 4 must from course units, listed below. The remaining electives must be level 7 postgraduate electives from anywhere in the university.

All commencing Faculty of Health course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

The Master of Advanced Nursing can be undertaken over 1½ years full time or 3 years part-time.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Coursework pathway

  • Ethical Dimensions in Nursing
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management
  • Research in Nursing and Midwifery
  • Plus 9 credit points of electives, which 6 must be from the course electives, the remaining can be from any level 7 electives from anywhere in the university.

    Thesis pathway

  • Ethical Dimensions in Nursing
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management
  • Nursing Research Thesis A *
  • Nursing Research Thesis B *
  • Nursing Research Thesis C *
  • Nursing Research Thesis D *
  • Plus 6 credit points of electives, which 4 must be from the course electives, the remaining can be from any level 7 electives from anywhere in the university.

    * Note - Students may only undertake a thesis if they have met the academic entry requirements of an overall WAM of 65 (Credit) in their previous studies.

    Course electives

  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Contemporary Approaches to Diabetes Education
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts
  • Leadership and Management in Nursing
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' History, Culture and Health
  • Facilitating Clinical Learning
  • Healthcare in Low Resource/Complex Environments
  • Healthcare Management of Vulnerable Populations
  • Quality and Safety in Medication Management
  • Therapeutic Medication Management
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Online campus 

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online campus


    As an online student in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course. Refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    • Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent, and
    • Registration as a registered nurse with relevant statutory registration/licensing body with no conditions or restrictions and
    • Applicants must have 12 months clinical experience as a registered nurse.

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note: meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into this program is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Students holding an approved specialist certificate from the former Nurses Board of Victoria may apply for up to four credit points of Recognition of Prior Learning towards the Masters.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $25,200 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available. Limited Commonwealth supported places (CSP) are offered and are available until the allocation is exhausted.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

    Apply now

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications for Trimester 1, 2023 open Monday 31 October 2022.  Head to the Deakin Application Portal, create an account and log in to apply.

    Not sure where to start? Find out how to apply. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.


    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Get the skills to lead patient care and develop healthcare policy

    Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is ranked 20th in the world*

    Be in demand: 23.1% projected job growth for nurse managers by 2026^

    Learn from the best – our research is ranked well above world standard#

    Career outcomes

    The healthcare industry is the largest growing employment industry in Australia. A number of roles within nursing are expected to grow significantly by 2023*, including:

    Graduates of the Master of Advanced Nursing will be well placed to take advantage of this demand. Depending on the units you have completed, your expertise will allow you to pursue a range of roles, including:

    • clinical nurse educator
    • clinical nurse specialist
    • associate or unit manager
    • research roles

    Professional recognition

    Nurses employed under the Victorian public hospital award receive a higher duties allowance for postgraduate qualifications relevant to their practice.

    Graduates of this course may be eligible to seek endorsement as a nurse practitioner via Pathway 2 as outlined on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) website.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate expert clinical practice commensurate with nursing theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice, and person-centred care.


    Demonstrate expert communication skills to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe nursing care to patients.

    Digital literacy

    Evaluate complex information using digital technologies to effectively disseminate relevant healthcare information to patients and/or the multidisciplinary team.

    Critical thinking

    Analyse, evaluate and critique complex data from multiple sources to inform clinical decision making in the healthcare setting.

    Problem solving

    Apply expert nursing knowledge to complex problems in clinical practice to optimise patient outcomes.


    Demonstrate professionalism, accountability, reflection, and personal autonomy as an expert nurse.


    Establish, maintain, and lead inclusive, collaborative professional relationships with all members of the multidisciplinary team.

    Global citizenship

    Demonstrate accountability for, and expert professional judgement in behaviours that uphold ethical principles of practice within diverse social, cultural, and environmental contexts.

    * 2022 ShanghaiRankings Ranking of Academic Subjects
    ^ 2021 Employment Outlook - for the five years to November 2026, Australian Government National Skills Commission
    # Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018