Designed for registered nurses, these programmes will develop your knowledge, skills and professional confidence to integrate theory, practice and research to improve your nursing care and patient outcomes.
Responsive to current demands of practice, our courses will give you a deeper understanding of pathophysiological concepts and current nursing practice issues.
Develop your ability to carry out advanced assessments on patients to improve your clinical reasoning. Enhance your skills in locating, analysing, evaluating and applying information and research to your everyday work.
To study these programmes at the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health you must be a registered nurse with a current practising certificate from the Nursing Council of New Zealand. You also need a Bachelor's degree from a New Zealand tertiary institution.
The level at which you study will depend on your previous academic achievements and chosen professional direction.
As a guide, for each 30-point course you take at the Graduate School, you should allocate around 10 hours per point for self-directed study, research, assessments and attendance at Schools.
If you’re studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40 hours of study time a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing one course per trimester will need to allocate approximately 20 hours of study a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full time.
Through a blend of research, class work and clinical experience, our academic team will support and work with you throughout your study, both face-to-face and through internet-based technology. You'll study a combination of core and elective courses, with both coursework and thesis-based research options at Master’s level.
Each course is made up of several ‘block schools’, with each block held over one to four days. They're a mix of lectures, tutorials and small group activities that give you time to study and access to staff for advice and guidance.
Held at Wellington Regional Hospital, the schools are a great opportunity for you to network with your peers and other health care experts—to share ideas and strategies for learning, identify areas for change and assess your progress.
Our part-time programme options make it easy for you to learn while you're working. We'll help you integrate academic life with work and family through our flexible delivery models that allow you to learn at home or on campus.
The distance component supported by Blackboard forms part of your courses and supports the development of the content delivered in the School.
The Master of Nursing Science is made up of two parts. In Part 1, you’ll gain an understanding of applied pathophysiology and develop advanced assessment and clinical reasoning skills. You’ll complete two further courses from an approved range, in an area of specialist practice or other focus of your choice.
After completing Part 1 and with the permission of the head of school, you can begin Part 2 with either a coursework or research focus.
If you choose to focus on coursework, you’ll complete a research review, practice project and further taught courses.
With a research focus, you’ll complete a research methods course and undertake your thesis—an advanced research project that contributes to nursing knowledge.
There are also two optional pathways within the Nursing Science programme: the nurse prescribing pathway or the nurse practitioner pathway.
Nurse prescribing pathway
The nurse prescribing pathway gives you the skill set needed for a prescribing role in your practice. You’ll take a set of four core courses including clinical pharmacology and conclude with a Nurse Prescribing practicum (HLTH 529) which will help you prepare for the Nursing Council of New Zealand registration process.
The entry requirement into HLTH 529 is at least a B grade for all prerequisite courses.
The Nursing Council of New Zealand requires that the nurse:
See the NCNZ website or contact the programme director for more information.
Nurse practitioner pathway
The nurse practitioner pathway has a distinctive structure within the Master of Nursing Science and gives you the knowledge and skills of an advanced health professional.
You will need to complete six core courses and two pre-approved elective courses. Your elective courses must support your development as a nurse practitioner and need to be approved by the programme director.
At least a B grade for all prerequisite courses is required in order to progress to the Nurse Practitioner Practicum (HLTH 531).
The Master of Nursing Science qualification meets the Nursing Council of New Zealand stipulated requirements for Nurse Practitioners.
You can complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science on its own, but after graduating you may wish to apply for admission to the Master of Nursing Science programme. Your postgraduate diploma can be credited towards the Master’s, with exemptions given for the courses you have already completed.
The nurse prescribing pathway can also be completed as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science.
You can complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Science on its own, but after graduating you may wish to apply for admission to the Master of Nursing Science or Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science programme. Your postgraduate certificate can be credited towards either programme, with exemptions given for the courses you have already completed.
The Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) is a professional masters degree that is exceptional preparation for your nursing career. It is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (formerly Nurses Board of Victoria). The MNSc recognises the nature of contemporary health care delivery in light of the impact of rapidly changing medical and information technologies, consumer demand and government economic and health policies. It offers graduates a higher level degree with enhanced learning outcomes while meeting the requirements for nursing registration.
We have developed the MNSc around four interrelated themes:
Our curriculum emphasises significant contemporary health problems identified as National Health Priority Areas: cardiovascular health, cancer control, injury prevention and control, mental health, diabetes mellitus, and asthma.
We take a research-oriented approach to practice. This approach encourages systematic development of clinical skills using evidence-based learning, an understanding of the close links between theory and practice, and the ability to undertake self-directed life-long learning.
Our teaching is based on up-to-date research which allows you to apply the most relevant theory to your practice to ensure best practice and best patient outcomes. In the final semester, following your theoretical and clinical preparation, you will undertake a specialist elective subject in an area of interest to you and a capstone practice subject to consolidate your theoretical and practical knowledge.
At the completion of the Master of Nursing Science graduates are expected to:
This Masters in Advanced Nursing Science is designed for the growing number of graduate nurses wishing to work in clinical leadership or extended roles in clinical practice as nurse practitioners or consultant nurses.
This programme will be delivered via lectures, workshops and seminars. The virtual learning environment and video/digital education resources will be used.
Virtually all of our graduates in our parallel multiprofessional programme Advanced Practice in Health Care, within 1 year of completion, have gained promotion within their specialism. Many remain in clinical practice and become specialists and advanced practitioners in their chosen fields.
Increasingly our graduates are returning for PhD study, to further embrace the evidence based approaches to clinical care.
Many decide that education is their career destination and return to the department to gain further expertise in a teaching role, both undergraduate and postgraduate.
This programme help to prepare clinicians in many disciplines eg. Physios, for the dynamic nature of care delivery.
You can train to be a fully qualified children's nurse in two years if you have already completed an honours degree, preferably in a health-related subject. After completing the course, you are able to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified nurse.
Practice-based learning is central to your development and you spend 45 weeks of your course on placement. You gain experience in a diverse range of practice settings in your chosen area of nursing, such as caring for acutely ill children in hospitals and their own homes.
Placements are across South Yorkshire and the Humber, in some of the UK’s leading healthcare providers. On your placements, you are assigned a qualified and experienced children's nurse as a mentor. They support you and make sure you are comfortable in your surroundings, so you make the most of the experience.
You care for children up to sixteen years of age.This is centred around the child and their family, and can be in the home or in hospital.
You also gain insight into other fields of nursing during the course.
We provide modern facilities to help you develop clinical skills and specialist knowledge for your career. You study in our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building on our Collegiate Crescent Campus, in clinical suites that include a mock ward and operating theatre, replicate the hospital and community settings in which you learn and work. This makes it easier to take what you’ve learnt in the University out into the real world with confidence.
After you graduate from this course, you'll have the clinical nursing knowledge and the interpersonal and management skills, vital for effective patient care.
This course is subject to approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to practise in the UK.
The course is organised around periods of study within the University and practice placements, which are arranged by the university. you are also offered the opportunity of planning your own elective placement in the UK or abroad.
Placements introduce you to the fundamental skills in nursing in your chosen specialism of adult, mental health, or child nursing.
Few professions offer such job satisfaction and at the same time make a difference to people's lives. If you study child nursing, you will care for children up to the age of sixteen.
Careers include • children’s nursing in a variety of hospital or community settings • health visiting • school health • research. This can lead to you becoming a nurse specialist or consultant and an expert in your chosen area.
Once you are an experienced nurse you may decide to specialise in a clinical area or concentrate on teaching or research.
Further information is available on the NHS careers website at http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk