Master of Nursing Practice

Postgraduate coursework

Deepen your theoretical and practice knowledge with a Master of Nursing Practice at Deakin University. Learn more about this higher education course here.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at


1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent, depending on your entry point


Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Elevate your nursing career and prepare to take on leadership roles with the Master of Nursing Practice. This degree helps you build the advanced clinical decision-making skills to improve health service delivery in your workplace.

Open the door to roles in advanced practice, education, leadership and management, policy and research.

If you want to improve the quality and safety of your patient care, the Master of Nursing Practice can help you take your career to the next level. This flexible degree puts you in control of your learning, with:

  • the opportunity to choose either a coursework or minor thesis pathway
  • exit points available at both the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma

Throughout the Master of Nursing Practice, you will be challenged to look at nursing from a new perspective while building your knowledge and skills in leadership, governance, research, education, critical thinking and decision making.

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

A core coursework unit in the masters degree will introduce you to a range of research methods. This subject will help you build your understanding of research in a clinical context.

You can choose to complete your degree by coursework or, if academic entry requirements are met, undertake research in your clinical practice area with a minor thesis. Undertaking a minor thesis provides a strong foundation for a career in senior nursing roles and may also provide entry to a PhD program.

Whether you are pursuing a senior position in emergency care or want to be a leading voice in nurse education, this course will prepare you for the realities of your role. You’ll graduate ready for careers in areas of nursing education, leadership, management, policy and research.


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Course structure

To complete the Master of Nursing Practice students must attain 12 credit points, chosen from a suite of units. HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery, a 2 credit point unit, is core. Students may choose either the Master of Nursing Practice (Minor Thesis) or Master of Nursing Practice (Coursework) pathway.

For coursework units, at least 6 of the 12 credit points must normally be level 7 nursing units from the list below. Up to 4 credit points may be selected from the elective units listed or approved units from any postgraduate course at Deakin.

Students wishing to complete the Master of Nursing Practice including a minor thesis must complete HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points). Providing the student meets academic entry requirements, students may then undertake the 4 credit-point minor thesis (HNN756 Nursing Research Thesis A, HNN757 Nursing Research Thesis B, HNN758 Nursing Research Thesis C and HNN759 Nursing Research Thesis D.

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

The Master of Nursing Practice can be undertaken over 1½ years full time or 4 years part-time.

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

Master of Nursing Practice

Master units (core)

  • Research in Nursing and Midwifery
    (2 credit points)***

Master elective units - maximum 10

Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified. Offering is subject to demand and resources

Trimester 1

  • Ethical Dimensions of Nursing and Midwifery 
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management
  • Therapeutic Medication Management
  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts
  • Facilitating Clinical Learning
  • Healthcare in Low Resource/Complex Environments

Trimester 2

  • Leadership and Management in Nursing
    (incompatible with HNN704)
  • Quality and Safety in Medication Management
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals
    (includes 3 day intensive workshop held in T1/T2 inter-trimester break)
  • Healthcare Management of Vulnerable Populations

*** Core unit for Master of Nursing Practice

Key information

Award granted
Master of Nursing Practice

2021 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.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Students enrol in Cloud (online), however for those undertaking a specialist course (critical care or perioperative) there are also significant on campus requirements - refer to individual unit details in the course structure for more information

Additional course information

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are limited and are dependent on Government funding received by the University. Therefore a CSP is not guaranteed to all domestic students. CSPs are awarded based on prior academic merit. No other factors will be considered

Course duration - additional information

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

Mandatory student checks

Students in specialty courses i.e. critical care, perioperative nursing, intensive care, emergency and cardiac care nursing are employed by health services where a National Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check are required for employment.


As a student in a Cloud (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. Click here for more information.

Work experience

For those students undertaking units in the specialty courses, success in the course is contingent on the student having access to a suitable workplace in which to consolidate learning, enhance understanding, demonstrate skills and undertake assessments. Prior to entry to the course, each applicant’s workplace is considered in terms of its suitability and capacity to provide students with the necessary supports. Ongoing support for educators in the workplace is also provided by Deakin staff.

Entry requirements

Entry information

The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience.


Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

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

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.

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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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How to apply

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.

Essential information form

All Master of Nursing Practice applicants need to complete this essential information form and upload it with their application.

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.

Entry pathways

This course can provide a pathway option to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.

If you have a graduate certificate in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points(units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points).  If you have a graduate diploma in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year part-time (4 credit points)

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The Master of Nursing Practice comprises 12 credit points. Credit for prior learning is based on previous postgraduate qualifications and experience. Credit for prior learning is provided for elective units as per University CPL policy and assessed on case by case basis. There are 10 nested specialist practice courses at Certificate and Diploma level within the Master of Nursing Practice, with at least two intake points per year.

Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Nursing Practice 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
  • critical care nurse
  • intensive care nurse
  • cardiac care nurse
  • emergency care nurse
  • perioperative nurse
  • anaesthetic nurse.

Professional recognition

Nurses employed under the Victorian public hospital award receive a higher duties allowance.

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 ethical, safe, high quality, clinical decision making within an interdisciplinary team and psychomotor skills commensurate with general or specialised theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practices and person or client-centred care.


Demonstrate expertise in verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills using discipline-specific language and lay-terms necessary to assess and interpret data, convey ideas, develop plans of care and implement therapeutic interventions to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe general or specialised nursing care to patients/ clients.

Digital Literacy

Use appropriate technologies to locate authoritative discipline-specific information and justify the selection of this information; and demonstrate expertise in the ability to evaluate, synthesise and disseminate the information to members of the interdisciplinary health team, and general or specialised patients/clients in an ethical and professional manner.

Critical thinking

Demonstrate expertise in identifying, synthesising, analysing and critically evaluating complex data from multiple sources (e.g. healthcare team members, patients, digital technologies) to inform decision making in general or specialist areas that delivers safe, ethical  high quality nursing care in order to promote optimal patient/client outcomes.

Problem Solving

Effectively apply expert nursing knowledge and skills to routine, complex and ill-structured problems in general and specialised settings to achieve optimal patient/client outcomes.


Demonstrate high level personal autonomy, leadership, expert clinical judgement, professionalism, responsibility, accountability, and reflection as general or specialised nurse.


Establish and maintain collaborative professional respectful relationships demonstrating professionalism, expertise, highly developed communication skills, leadership, responsibility and accountability to the interdisciplinary team, patients/clients and carers.

Global Citizenship

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