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.

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Key facts


2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.


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Course overview

With job growth of 12.1% projected for nurse managers by 2028,* 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 #16 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.

* Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections.
2023 ShanghaiRankings Ranking of Academic Subjects.

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Advanced Nursing

2024 course information

Deakin code
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
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, plus 9 credit points of electives, of which 6 must be from the course electives, listed below. The remaining 3 can be from any level 7 electives from anywhere in the university including stackable short courses (0.5cp microcredentials), subject to eligibility.

Students completing the thesis stream must complete 2 core (compulsory) units and 4 credit points of thesis units, plus 6 credit points of electives, of which 4 must be from the course electives, listed below. The remaining 2 electives can be from any level 7 electives from anywhere in the university including stackable short courses (0.5cp microcredentials), subject to eligibility.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduatecourse work students are required to complete DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0 credit point compulsory unit) in their first trimester of study.

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.

Coursework pathway

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Ethical Dimensions in Nursing
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management
  • Research in Nursing and Midwifery
  • Plus 9 credit points of electives, of which 6 must be from the course electives, the remaining 3 can be from any level 7 electives from anywhere in the university or Deakin stackable short courses (0.5cp microcredentials).

    Thesis pathway

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • 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, of which 4 must be from the course electives, the remaining 2 can be from any level 7 electives from anywhere in the university or Deakin stackable short courses (0.5cp microcredentials).

    * 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
  • Research in Nursing and Midwifery *
  • Quality and Safety in Medication Management
  • Therapeutic Medication Management
  • Australian Aboriginal Holistic Health and Healing
  • *HNN778 is only an available course elective in the Thesis pathway, the unit is already a core unit in the Coursework pathway

    Stackable short courses

    Mix and match Deakin stackable short courses (0.5cp microcredentials) to earn up to 2-3 credit point(s) of open electives, subject to eligibility. Any stacking must add up to a whole number to be used for credit. See more information on Deakin stackable short course options.

    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

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.


    As a student in a online course 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.

    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

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Please note, there are limited places in this course and entry is competitive. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible. Applications for this course may close prior to the published closing date if all places are filled.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet all the following criteria:

    • completion of a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent
    • registration as a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia with no conditions or restrictions
    • at least one year of clinical experience

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you are able to commit to your study.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of prior learning.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. 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 tuition fees.

    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

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    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

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


    Career outcomes

    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.