Study pathway to


Part-time and accelerated study options available

Nursing is a rewarding career choice that will allow you to work with people of all ages in a wide variety of settings around the world; from humanitarian work and disaster relief in an international setting, to health services within your own community – nurses play a crucial role in healthcare services globally.


To become a nurse:

Step 1
Choose an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Step 2
Choose the Master of Nursing Science at Melbourne to qualify as a nurse. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have some grounding in human anatomy at tertiary level before applying.

Example pathway

Year 1 Undergraduate Year 2 Year 3 Year 4   Year 5 Graduate Year 6
Bachelor of Arts   Master of Nursing Science
Bachelor of Biomedicine      
Bachelor of Music      
Bachelor of Science      
Bachelor of Agriculture      
Bachelor of Fine Arts      
Bachelor of Oral Health      
Bachelor of Commerce      
Bachelor of Design      
Bachelor of Arts Extended    
Bachelor of Science Extended    

Or any approved undergraduate degree


About the Master of Nursing Science
The Master of Nursing Science is a professional masters degree that is exceptional preparation for your nursing career.

Registered nurses enjoy excellent employment prospects in Australia and overseas. Career outcomes are diverse and include nursing, education, nursing specialities (eg emergency, mental health) and nursing research.


Entry requirements
This program may have specific entry requirements such as prerequisite subjects or a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) that must be completed to be considered for entry.

Guaranteed entry
The University offers guaranteed entry into selected graduate degrees to domestic and international students who have completed an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia. Eligible students must enrol in a University of Melbourne undergraduate degree immediately following year 12, or be granted a deferral by the University. These guarantees are usually based on your ATAR/notional ATAR.

Find out if you’re eligible for guaranteed entry.

Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship
Chancellor’s Scholars at Melbourne are guaranteed a place in the graduate program of their choice, and participate in a program of enrichment activities during their undergraduate studies.

Find out more about the Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship