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Master of Nursing Practice

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Grafton Campus


This programme is designed for registered nurses who work in clinical practice contexts and wish to develop their practice knowledge and expertise in specific disciplines.

Programme overview

If you are a registered nurse wanting to upskill, the Master of Nursing Practice is the ideal programme for advancing your career opportunities.

This advanced nursing programme is designed to build upon your current skills and knowledge and provide an in-depth diagnostic and analytical approach to patient care using evidence-based healthcare.

You will usually have some experience working in a clinical specialty.

Programme structure

This taught masters has two pathways that are available in Semester One or Two.

180 point masters

  • Enter from a postgraduate certificate or a Bachelor of Nursing with a GPA of 5 or higher and hold current registration as a registered nurse.
  • A Clinical Project and at least 30 points from two core courses: Evidence-based Practice and Implementation, and Clinical Reasoning in Pharmacotherapeutics.
  • Advanced level courses listed in the Master of Nursing (120 points)
  • Complete in three semesters if enrolled full time or twelve semesters if part time.

Where could this programme take you?

Ideal for registered nurses working in clinical practice contexts who wish to develop their practice knowledge and expertise in specific disciplines. We advise that the University of Auckland is not involved in the employment of graduates and can make no guarantee of post-qualification registration or employment in New Zealand or any other country.

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points:

You must have completed one year of postgraduate study in nursing at a recognised university (or similar institution), following an undergraduate degree, with a GPE of 5.0.

Taught 180 points:

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in nursing at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.

You also need to have current registration as a registered nurse in New Zealand, or with an approved overseas nursing regulatory body, and have at least two years of post-registration clinical practical experience.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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