Master of Nursing in Australia for Indian Students

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 20:14 IST

Master of Nursing in Australia is a recognised and ANMAC accredited course offered across 19 Australian Universities. Till 2021, ANMAC has accredited 33 Nursing courses in Australia ensuring quality and high standard education in nursing and midwifery. 

International students can pursue either a 3 years bachelor’s in Nursing or complete a 1-2 year diploma from a TAFE institute for nursing and then complete their bachelor’s within 2 years before applying for a Masters in Nursing in Australia which is again 1-2 years long.

Master of Nursing in Australia is a popular course among students because of diverse job roles in areas of nursing management, midwifery, post surgery care, etc. In order to work as a qualified nurse in Australia, one must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Check: International Student Guide to Australia

Master of Nursing in Australia Highlights  

PG Nursing Universities in Australia 


Duration & Type of Course 

1-2 years | FT & Online 

Admissions Available for 

Both domestic & international students 

Average Tuition Fee 

AUD 30.000 

Admission Requirements 

Bachelor's and ELP scores  

ELP Scores Accepted 


Career Options 

Advanced Practice / Intensive Care / Primary Healthcare / Emergency Nursing etc.  

Average Starting Salary 

AUD 73,000 / p.a. 

Read:  Why Study in Australia?

MSc Nursing in Australia for Indian Students  

Nursing in Australia is one of the most valued job options and hence, a lot of international students wish to study in Australia. Masters in Nursing in Australia for Indians comes with added advantage because:

  • Australia offers international students a better hands-on experience while pursuing a Master of Nursing.
  • Indian nurses can study Master of Nursing in Australia to earn better and have a better lifestyle.
  • Earning can be higher for Indian students around 8% in comparison to Indian earning.
  • Indians can hone their skills in Australia whilst Master of Nursing course and can choose their choice of specialisation from over 15 options.

Since India's bachelors in Nursing is not acceptable for Master of Nursing in Australia, Indian students specifically can either pursue their bachelor’s in Nursing from Australia itself. Or they can pursue a designated nursing course from a TAFE institute and then apply for masters in Nursing in Australia.

Check: Top Australian Universities offering Masters in Nursing 

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MSc Nursing Top Universities in Australia  

There are over 15+ Australian Universities that offer a Masters in Nursing for international students. The following table shows the QS subject ranking for Nursing in 2021 for Australian Universities and the type of Nursing course they offer:

Australian Universities offering Masters in Nursing 

QS Subject Ranking 2021 (Nursing) 

Nursing Course Offered 

University of Technology Sydney 


Master of Nursing (Research) 

The University of Sydney 


Master of Nursing 

Monash University 


Master of Nursing Practice & Master of Advanced Nursing 

Griffith University 


Master of Advanced Nursing Practice 

Deakin University  


Master of Nursing 

Queensland University of Technology 


Master of Advanced Practice Nursing 

The University of Melbourne 


Master of Nursing Science 

The University of Newcastle 


Master of Nursing 

The University of Queensland 


Master of Advanced Nursing & Master of Nursing  

Read: Education in Australia

Master of Nursing Graduate Entry in Australia  

Australia can entertain graduates entry for Master of Nursing only if the international students fulfil the following criterion:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Australia or from a country which is treated equally by NMBA.
  • The nursing students must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency or AHPRA.
  • There may be some Australian Universities like Charles Darwin University which may require applicants to prove pre-clinical requirements like - first aid qualification or working with children clearance, etc.
  • Applicants must have attained the required scores in the English language test for admission.

Check: Eligibility Requirements to Study in Australia

Masters in Nursing Australia Admission Requirements  

The following table briefly mentions the admission requirements of the top Master of Nursing Australian Universities for international students: 

Australian Universities 

Admission Requirements 

Annual Tuition Fee 

Application Rounds 


Recognized bachelor’s degree, submit a research proposal and must have nursing registration. 

IELTS: 7.0 / PTE: 65-72 / TOEFL: 584-609 

AUD 34,100 

Research Session 1, 2 & 3 

The University of Sydney 

Bachelor's degree with Level 7 of AQF IELTS: 7.0 / PTE: 68 

Online Literacy Test followed by an interview. 

AUD 43,500 

Round 4: Jan 3, 2022 

Monash University 

Australian UG degree with 60% average with either 6-point credit unit in human anatomy / physiology OR Monash Human Bio short course (equivalent)  

IELTS: 7.0 / PTE: 65 / TOEFL: 98 

AUD 41,000 

Round 1 & 2 

Griffith University 

Bachelor of Nursing from a recognized institution with GPA of 4 and AHPRA nurse registration 

IELTS: 6.5 / TOEFL: 575  

AUD 31,500 

Trimester 1 & 2 

Deakin University 

Bachelors equivalent to H2B with 60% and high standard of research 

IELTS: 7.0 

AUD 36,300 

Trimester 1, 2 & 3 

The University of Melbourne 

Bachelors or equivalent completed not more than 10 years back or older graduate degree with 5 years of work experience. 

IELTS: 7.0 

AUD 33,400 

Round 1 & 2 

The University of Newcastle 

Registered nurse with honours or postgraduate / graduate diploma with 1 year of work experience. 

IELTS: 6.5 

AUD 38,800 

Trimester 1: Jan 24, 2022 

Trimester 2: May 9, 2022 

Trimester 3: Aug 22, 2022 

The University of Queensland 

Bachelors with 4 GPA and completion of one tertiary course – biological science / chemistry / physics not more than 10 years ago. 

IELTS: 7.0 

AUD 35,400 

November 30 (of the previous year)  

Read: Documents Required to Apply for Masters in Australia

Master of Nursing Leading to Registration in Australia  

In 2021, over 7,500+ applications were filed by qualified nurses in order to get registration to work in Australia. There are five levels for assessing an application leading to nursing registration in Australia:

Criteria I: Identity Proof 

  • Passport 
  • Marriage certificate 
  • Passport sized photograph 

Criteria II: English Language Proof 

  • IELTS: 7.0 
  • PTE: 65 

Check: Which exam to take IELTS / TOEFL / PTE?

Criteria III: Meeting Australian standard of education for nursing and midwifery 

NMBA qualifies the following countries at oar with Australian education in Nursing: 

  • Belgium Flanders 
  • Chile 
  • Pakistan 
  • Papua New Guinea 
  • Singapore 

Criteria IV: Work Experience Proof 

A minimum of 5 years of experience as a nurse or midwife with following professional references from: 

  • Official letterhead from hospital or clinic 
  • Written by a supervisor directly who is a nurse or midwife 
  • The references must have a date and official signatures with contact information.  

Criteria V: Declaration of clear track record to get registration in order to work in Australia. 

Upon meeting the above criterion, apply for registration to AHPRA and wait for confirmation. In case the application gets approved, you will get the visa and hence you will be able to practice nursing in Australia.

Check: Types of Student Visas in Australia

MSc Nursing Salary in Australia  

The average salary for a nurse holding a masters degree ranges between AUD 73,000 to AUD 80,000 annually and can go up to AUD 120,000 as well with experience. The salaries of MSc Nursing candidates in Australia varies depending upon the location of practice. The following graph throws light on how much are Masters in Nursing degree holders in Australia can earn:


Since Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA) and Western Australia (WA) are the highest paying areas for candidates holding a masters in Nursing, the graph above summarises the sector wise salaries in these areas. The job roles are in a descending order, with maximum experience level to the lowest.

Check: Popular Job Sectors in Australia

Masters in Nursing in Australia Public or Private Education 

A lot of students willing to pursue a career in Nursing in Australia have conflicting views between pursuing their masters from a public university or a private university in Australia. But both type of institutions have their own pros and cons, the following is a brief comparison:

Australian Public Universities for Masters in Nursing

Australian Private Universities for Masters in Nursing


Better training

Cleaner but not too many clinical surroundings 

Higher diversity in terms of patient emergency, medical emergency and surgical experience.

Lesser diversity in patient complication cases

Since developed internally thus, more resources are available.

More routines due to booked cases.

Different roles within the hospital as educator, nursing specialists, etc.

Availability of perks for nurses like food and lodging.


Issues in dealing with different types of people usually for longer stay.

Usually short duration stay at the hospital thus, lesser issues in dealing with agitated patients.

Shifts are fast paced.

Work as per surgeon’s schedule and care is tailored accordingly.

Higher clinical tasks such as patient documentation.

Lesser clinical tasks as shifts are mundane.

Check: Cost of Studying in Australia 2022 

Master of Nursing in Australia FAQs  

Is Indian BSc in Nursing recognized in Australia for MSc in Nursing?

No, Indian BSc in Nursing is not  recognized  for getting admission to Master of Nursing in Australia.

What all is tested in literacy test of University of Sydney for Master of Nursing admission?

The Literacy and Numeracy Test is held online by U niversity of  S ydney  for those international students who qualify the first  step of admission criterion. These are 2 short tests required to be completed by the applicants. Numeracy would include 15 questions of  addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, etc. While literacy would include topics from English  like grammar, writing skills, comprehension skills, etc.

Which specializations are available under Master of Advanced Nursing Practice in Australia?

Applicants pursuing a Master of Advanced Nursing Practice in Australia can choose specializations like   Acute Care, Critical Care, Emergency, Pediatric or Professional Nursing.

What’s the difference between registered and nursing practitioners in Australia?

Registered nurses in Australia are those who have completed their bachelors from Australia and are licensed to obtain a n NMBA registration. On the other  hand,  Nursing practitioners or  Advanced  Practice Nurses are more senior nurses who are experienced in diagnosing patient  illnesses and treating them.

Which type of nurses in Australia would be in highest demand by 2030?

There are three types of  specialisation  in nursing that would be required maximum in Australia by 2030 are - Aged Care, Mental Health and Clinical Care Nursing.

How is the working shift of nursing staff divided in Australia?

According to Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) poll, around 92% of Australia's nursing and midwifery staff worked outside regular Monday-Friday day-shift hours each month, with 78% of them reporting that they worked outside Monday-Friday day shift weekly.

What kind of questions are asked from nurses in their job interviews in Australia?

The questions for hiring nursing staff in Australia are usually based on their qualifications, work experience (if any), special preferences to work in a particular department, personal goals and educational background.

Which are some of the top job roles for Master of Nursing degree holders in Australia?

Some of the top paying job roles that can be pursued after Master of Nursing in Australia are as follows:  
  • Registered Nurse: AUD 73,000 
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS): AUD 85,800 
  • Paediatrics Nurse Practitioner (NP): AUD 86,300 
  • Intensive Care Nursing Unit: AUD 65,000 
  • Clinical Nurse Manager: AUD 121,900  
  • Director of Nursing: AUD 119,200
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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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A passionate writer and a literature fanatic, Aishwarya Bhatnagar has 4+ years of experience - working in EdTech with a strong focus on studying abroad. She holds a postgraduate degree in Linguistics from Delhi Univ... Read Full Bio


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