Master of Nursing Science

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Master of Nursing Science


Our Nursing Science programme is designed for qualified and experienced Registered Nurses seeking to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills - both in general practice and in specialist areas of expertise.

The Master of Nursing Science (MNS) comprises eight courses in total (240 points). To gain a MNS you will need to successfully complete the following courses:

Part One

Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Science (60 points)

  • Two 30-point approved courses from HLTH 501-518 and HLTH 521-550

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science (60 points)

  • HLTH 502 Applied Pathophysiology, and
  • HLTH 514 Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning

The compulsory courses can be completed during the PGCertNS, the PGDipNS or split between them.

Part Two (120 points)

Students can choose to undertake coursework or focus on research courses to complete the Master of Nursing Science

Coursework focus

  • Two further approved 30-point courses from HLTH 501-518, HLTH 521-550
  • HLTH 519 Research Review
  • HLTH 520 Practice Placement


Research Focus

If you are interested in applying for a Master's by thesis, please talk to one of our academic staff. To get more information on possible supervisors and their areas of expertise check out our thesis topics and staff research interests pages.

Once you have completed a Master of Nursing Science successfully, you may wish to consider and apply for entry into our PhD programmes offered in nursing, midwifery and health.

Nurse Practitioner Pathway

Our nurse practitioner programme provides a distinctive pathway and structure framed within the Master of Nursing Science. The recommended pathway has been internationally benchmarked, and will provide you with the knowledge and skills of an advanced health professional. You will need to complete seven courses and on pre-approved elective.

The elective courses must support your development as a nurse practitioner and be approved by the programme director. Your award will be a Masters in Nursing Science, which meets the Nursing Council of New Zealand stipulated requirements for Nurse Practitioners

The core courses are as follows:

At least a B grade average is required in HLTH 502, 514, 517 & 518 in order to progress on to the HLTH 531 Nurse Practitioner Practicum.

Application for Admission

From 1 October you will be able to enrol online

If you have any enquiries regarding future study options please contact:

Postgraduate Administrator
Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 7625, Newtown
Wellington 6242
Phone: (04) 463 6647 or 0800 108-005
Email: address