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Bachelor of Science (Health)/Master of Nursing

Bachelor of Science (Health)/Master of Nursing

The Bachelor of Science (Health)/Master of Nursing is designed for students who wish to obtain a broader knowledge of the health sciences.

Study in the Health stream includes topics such as toxicology, epidemiology, microbiology, behavioural health science and research project design.

Campus locations
Combined degree Undergraduate location Master of Nursing location
Bachelor of Science (Health)/Master of Nursing Camperdown Mallett St
Combined degree course overview

The combined degrees consist of a total of 192 credit points comprising: 96 credit points toward the bachelor's degree and 96 credit points for the Master of Nursing.

In most cases, units of study are worth six credit points; however, there are some units in Health stream that are worth three credit points.

  • 96 credit points toward the Bachelor of Science (Health)
  • 96 credit points for the Master of Nursing.

In the first year, study is exclusively in the Bachelor of Science (Health). Years 2 and 3 are a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Year 4 is entirely postgraduate.

All students must complete the requirements for the bachelor's degree before continuing to the fourth and final year of their combined degree.

Details of the units and the order in which they must be taken are provided in the unit of study table. For units of study relating to the Health stream component, please refer to the Science Undergraduate handbook.

Please note that some elective units may not be available due to clashes in the timetable in the Master of Nursing.

The pre-registration courses at Sydney Nursing School involve significant participation in off-campus clinical placements.

You will complete more than 800 clinical hours during your degree. Before each clinical placement you will practise your skills in our clinical labs and high fidelity simulation wards. Clinical placement sites include private and public hospitals, mental health services and community health settings. The majority of clinical placements occur within the Sydney metropolitan area, although you will also be expected to undertake some clinical placements in rural locations.

You will need to be available to complete full-time weeks of shiftwork throughout university holiday periods in order to complete your clinical placements.

Important information to prepare you for clinical placements:

Workload for the combined degree

Study in this course is taken over four years full time (pro rata part time).

The total number of units studied will vary depending upon the course you choose. In terms of workload, most six credit point units of study consist of attendance and lectures, tutorials and/or lab sessions on a regular basis. There are also pre-reading and assessment items equating to approximately 10 hours per week.

Study patterns for all combined degrees including relevant unit of study rules are outlined in this handbook. This course consists of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work.

All clinical units associated with the Master of Nursing have clinical placement experiences that are generally conducted outside the normal semester times. Please refer to the Master of Nursing clinical placement information for more details.