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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Master of Clinical Nursing

Flexibility and challenge  

Nurses are highly respected members of the community. They help treat patients in all sorts of health care settings and touch lives with empathy, compassion, and humor.

Our Master of Clinical Nursing offers you an intensive two-year path to a rewarding career as a registered nurse.

What will you do?

This intensive degree cultivates the professional knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to make a difference every day. You will:

  • benefit from small group learning and diverse student cohorts
  • develop hands-on skills in high-tech simulation settings
  • study anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology
  • gain a keen understanding of professional standards and ethics
  • undertake clinical placements in hospital and community settings.

Where could it take you?

You’ll emerge with an advanced professional qualification recognized Australia-wide. You could assist in operating theatres, emergency wards, and a multitude of other health care environments. You might pursue hospital roles in acute care, aged care or mental health. Perhaps you’ll work in rural communities or with aid organizations.


  • Feb

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
This degree provides a professional qualification, which is recognised for registration as a Registered Nurse in all other Australian states.

Graduate Attributes
The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Industry Placement
Throughout the degree, students will work in the clinical area as members of the health care team. Clinical placements may be undertaken in both metropolitan and rural, public and private health care settings.

In preparation for clinical placements, students are required to have the appropriate level of immunisation, tuberculosis (TB) screening and criminal history checks (CHC). Students without valid immunisation history, TB screening notifications and CHC will not be allowed to attend placement.

Placements are compulsory for successful completion of the program. All costs associated are the responsibility of the student.

Potential careers
Registered Nurse, Nurse

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7

TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27

Pearson Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65

C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185

Additional English Tests accepted Occupational English Test (OET) - A minimum result of B/score of 350 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor Degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (must not be a Bachelor Degree in the field of Nursing)
International Qualifications University Level 1 Human Biology/Anatomy studies or equivalent
Additional Entry Requirements
A pre-requisite of entry into the Master of Clinical Nursing program is the successful completion of a Human Biology/Anatomy (Level 1) University course. Applicants who have not previously completed a program of studies that included human anatomy or biology will be required to complete an equivalent course prior to consideration of any application for entry. The following is an example of a suitable equivalent: Human Anatomy course (Monash University). Applicants should ensure that the course is focussed on human anatomy from a body systems level and not a cellular level ie respiratory, cardiac, musculoskeletal systems etc. It is strongly recommended that you contact the Master of Clinical Nursing Program Coordinator prior to enrolling in and paying for a pre requisite course to ensure it meets the requirements. To do so please submit the course outline to the Adelaide Nursing School, The University of Adelaide