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Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership)

Shape the future of clinical healthcare. If you are a degree-qualified nurse who is eligible to register (Division 1), this Master’s program equips you with the skills and knowledge to have significant impact on the development and delivery of healthcare services.

In this program you will:

  • Prepare for clinical leadership, research and advanced practice roles
  • Develop advanced knowledge and expertise in project design and management (research or quality improvement)
  • Participate in continuing professional development



080425A; Limits apply to online courses, refer to program notes.


1.5 years 1.5 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$9,099 / A$23,772 - 2024 Fees CSP / Fee-paying
CSP / Fee-paying
A$29,600 Annual fee
Annual fee


  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Career opportunities

  • Clinical education
  • Clinical practice
  • Leadership

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
  • Online
Total courses
Total units
1.5 years 1.5 years
080425A; Limits apply to online courses, refer to program notes.
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure
Required courses (4) 48 units

NUR704 Leadership in Clinical Practice
NUR708 Learning and Teaching in the Practice Environment
NUR721 Research in Health Care

PLUS select 1 course (12 units) from:
HLT701 Qualitative Research: Approaches and Practice
PUB708 Quantitative Research Methods

Complete either Option 1 or Option 2, 48 units

Option 1 - Project
HLT703 Special Project: Evaluating Practice Knowledge(24 units)
HLT704 Special Project: Translating Knowledge into Practice(24 units)

Option 2 - Research
NUR731A Research Project A
NUR731B Research Project B
NUR731C Research Project C
NUR731F Research Project F

Elective courses (4) 48 units

Select 4 postgraduate level elective courses (48 units) from the postgraduate elective course options, at least 24 units must be from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine options.

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all UniSC courses are available on every UniSC campus.

Study sequences

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a Bachelor qualification (AQF level 7) in nursing from a recognised tertiary education provider. Applicants who are Registered Nurses registered in Australia with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) who do not have a Bachelor qualification may be considered for admission based on extensive industry experience and will require approval by the Program Leader.

The Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) offers a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) as well as domestic fee paying places. Offers for both CSP and fee paying places will be made after the application due date for the program.

CSP will be allocated on the basis of your Grade Point Average in the degree used to meet admission requirements and/or your industry experience. Applicants falling below the demand-driven cut-off for a CSP may be offered a domestic fee paying place subject to capacity limitations.

Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and permanent visa holders enrolled in a fee paying place will have the option of applying for a CSP in subsequent semesters if one becomes available. In these cases, the student’s current GPA in the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) will be used to assess eligibility for a CSP place using the same entry cut-off applied for new CPS entrants during that admission period.

International students on a Student visa must demonstrate English language skills at an IELTS level of 7 with no subtest less than 7 or equivalent. Refer to the University's English language requirements.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Program requirements
In order to graduate you must:
  • Successfully complete 144 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Exit points. Students may be eligible to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Nursing based on completion of four courses (48 units) from the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) if those courses are also available in the Graduate Certificate in Nursing program.
  • International students on a Student Visa please note, you may enrol in no more than 3 courses (36 units) via online mode (25 percent of your program). You must also ensure that you are enrolled in at least one on-campus course in each semester
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Some courses in this program require project work and/or independent study and therefore have limited on-campus contact. Please refer to individual course descriptions
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

CSP estimate
Fee-paying estimate
A$23,772 - 2024 Fees
Annual tuition fee (A$, 2024)

International student fee information is available on the Tuition fees and other costs page. For information on how higher degree by research student fees are calculated, including the Student Services and Amenities Fee, visit the Higher Degree by Research Student Fee Calculation Information page. Visit the HDR scholarships page for information on available scholarships.

Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2023 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.

Annual tuition fees are based on 2023 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

To apply for the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership), submit the completed online application form via Apply USC.

Refer to application dates.

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to UniSC.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at UniSC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

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Four course exit option: Graduate Certificate in Nursing
Study remotely with flexible options

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