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Master of Intensive Care Nursing

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Sydney University NSW 2006
Face to face
1.5 years Full time
The University of Sydney


In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

Some units of study and/or placements relating to this course cannot be delivered remotely or online for students commencing their study in Semester 1, 2021. You will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 2, 2021.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this course

Designed for registered nurses, the Master of Intensive Care Nursing aims to assist nurses currently working in the intensive care environment to develop the expertise and skills to provide high quality patient care and become clinical leaders.

Intensive care nurses deliver complex care to critically ill patients, such as those experiencing single or multiple organ dysfunction due to serious illness or injury. As an intensive care nursing student, you will learn to work across complex environments that often demand rapid, sophisticated and challenging decisions as you help patients and their families understand their illness and deliver high quality care.

During this one and a half year degree, you will be led by leading researchers as you build upon your individual clinical experience. You will learn to provide sophisticated care and advice to critically ill patients and their families. This requires application of advanced physiological knowledge during the assessment and management of patients who may be experiencing single or multiple organ dysfunctions. A work-based project or research thesis will comprise the capstone experience of this degree, providing the opportunity for you to apply your expertise as you explore a particular area of your interest.

Upon graduation, you will have the specialist knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive care to patients and their families in intensive care, with opportunities to further work across nursing education, administration, research and consulting. Completion of this degree can also be a pathway into the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

Who should study this course?

Our postgraduate nursing degrees are designed for registered nurses who are looking to build their professional practice capabilities and advance to a leadership role in nursing.    

Financing your studies

We offer a number of scholarships to postgraduate nursing students. Find out more about the faculty-based opportunities available to you. You may also be eligible for a NSW Health postgraduate scholarship. Valued at up to $8000, these scholarships are available to registered nurses and midwives who are working in full or part-time permanent positions in the NSW public health system.

Commonwealth Supported Places are available in all of our postgraduate nursing courses. This means your place is subsidised by the government and you pay a reduced fee. If your studies are related to your employment, out-of-pocket course fees may also be tax deductible. Find out more at the Australian Taxation Office.

You may also be eligible for HECS-HELP. This means your fee payment is deferred through a government loan.

Course details

Faculty/University School: Faculty of Medicine and Health

Credit points required: 60

Course abbreviation: MIntCareN

USyd code: MAINCNUR2000

UAC code: N/A

Study mode: On-campus, Intensive block mode

Study type: PGCW

Location: Camperdown/ Darlington

Graduate Attributes

Duration full time: 1.5 years full time

Duration part time: 2.5 years part time (not available to international student visa holders)

What you'll study

The Master of Intensive Care Nursing may be completed over three semesters full-time or five semesters part-time.

The course consists of 60 credit points (cp), including core units of study (48cp) and a capstone (12cp).

In the first year, students complete 48cp of core units of study, which include four specialty-specific units for the intensive care nursing courses.

Students will undertake a work-based project or a research project as a capstone experience (12cp) and will study part-time in the final semester of their candidature.

Following academic consultation, students wishing to undertake the Capstone (Research) may substitute NURS5071 with a research unit offered by the University.

Master of Intensive Care Nursing
Speciality Classification
Provider Type
1.5 years Full time
CPD Points
The course consists of 60 credit points (cp)
Price Details
Tuition Fee for Domestic Students (Year 1): $23,000 (indicative only)
Sydney University NSW 2006
Tuition Fee for Domestic Students (Year 1): $23,000 (indicative only)
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