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What will I learn?

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).

Career Pathways

Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to intensive care nursing. Intensive care nurses normally work with a nurse patient ration of 1:1 and are in a position to provide comprehensive care to patients and their families. Many intensive care nurses also work in education, administration, research and as nurse consultants.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine and Health



Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
Year 1 Tuition fee: AUD $43,500; This indicative tuition fee is subject to annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

31 January 2022

More details

Start date

22 February 2022


The University of Sydney

Camperdown/Darlington Campus,

Level 5, JFR (Jane Foss Russell) Building, 160 City Road,


New South Wales,

2008, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Philosophy (Arts and Social Sciences) you must have completed the equivalent of one of the following in a subject area related to your proposed research area: a bachelor's degree with first class or second class honours master's degree by research; or a master's degree by coursework with an independent research component such as a thesis, dissertation or research project with a minimum overall pass average of 75% or above.

For international students

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Intensive Care Nursing will hold:

(a) a pre-registration nursing degree with credit average from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or

(b) an embedded graduate certificate or graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

TOEFL - IBT score: A minimum result of 96 overall including a minimum result of 24 in Reading and Listening, 27 in Writing and 23 in Speaking

IELTS score: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 7.0 in each band

Pearsons Test of English: A minimum result of 68 overall and a minimum result of 68 in each band

Application deadline: Jan/31 for Semester 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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