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Master of Primary Health Care Nursing

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Sydney University NSW 2006
Face to face
1.5 years full time / 2.5 years part time
The University of Sydney


Information information for 2021

This course is not being offered in 2021. If you are interested in studying postgraduate nursing, we offer a range of specialty areas designed for nurses who want to take the next step in their career.  

The Master of Primary Health Care Nursing is tailored specifically for registered nurses working or intending to work in primary healthcare. You will develop the specialist knowledge and skills required to practise effectively within complex primary healthcare settings, focusing on the health needs of individuals, families and communities, and the importance of providing accessible and equitable healthcare.

Why study with us?

  • Learn from leading researchers as you integrate your learning with professional experience.
  • Strengthen your knowledge of chronic disease prevention and management, including relevant evidence-based decision-making processes and practices, concepts of self-management and coordinated quality care.
  • Extend your understanding of the determinants of health, community needs assessment, community participation, health promotion models, health education and health literacy and how these inform and underpin primary health care in the community. 
  • Engage in interdisciplinary work through electives and collaboration opportunities across the University's School of Public Health and the Charles Perkins Centre. 
  • Apply your expertise as you explore a particular area of your interest with a work-based project or research thesis as part of the capstone component of this degree.
  • Gain employment in an array of healthcare settings.

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 (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

  • 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: MPHC 
  • USyd code: MAPRHECA1000 
  • UAC code: N/A 
  • Study mode: On-campus, Intensive block mode 
  • Study type: PGCW 
  • Location: Camperdown/ Darlington 
  • 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 Primary Health Care Nursing may be completed over three semesters full-time or five semesters part-time. The course consists of 60 credit points (cp).

Core and elective units of study make up 48cp, and a capstone completes the degree and is a further 12cp.

Each unit of study has up to four face-to-face study days. A normal part-time load is two units of study per semester. Student learning is further supported by the University's eLearning.

Award units taken at graduate diploma and graduate certificate levels may also count towards a master's degree. Any non-award units of study already completed may also be credited towards a master's degree.

Master of Primary Health Care Nursing
Speciality Classification
Provider Type
1.5 years full time / 2.5 years part time
CPD Points
Credit points required: 60
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Sydney University NSW 2006
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