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Master of Nursing Science (Pre-registration)



What will I learn?

The Award

This is a three-year full-time credit-based programme leading to the award of a Master of Nursing Science degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Programme Description

The programme is designed to prepare those with a bachelor's degree in any discipline for a career in nursing. This is a master's entry programme in nursing, which aims to provide graduate students with the opportunity to study the art and science of nursing from different perspectives and to develop their skills in critical thinking and problem solving. Upon successful completion of the programme, the students will be eligible to register as Registered Nurses (General) with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises eight terms & four clinical blocks across a three-year study period.

Career Prospects and Further Study

Graduates of the programme are eligible to register as Registered Nurses (General) with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.

The programme has its first cohort of students graduated in 2012. All graduates of the programme have entered the nursing profession as registered nurses in Hong Kong. The employment rate is 100%. About 90% of the graduates are currently working in public hospitals, while the rest in private hospitals or non-government organizations.

We have kept track of the employment trends of our graduates over the past few years in order to ensure that the courses in this programme meet with the healthcare needs of our society and the career development needs of our graduates. Some courses in the programme have a stronger emphasis on clinical components; some have a broader coverage of nursing art and science; and some focus more on evidence-based practice and research advances. Graduates with good academic results may pursue further studies in nursing, such as Doctor of Nursing Programme or Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing.

Career Ladder for Nursing Profession

Graduates of the programme with cumulative clinical experiences will subsequently lead to career promotion as nurse specialists, clinical managers, administrators or educators.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK$130,000.00 (13,59,833) per year
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

Expected January, September 2023


The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree. English Language Requirements: TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based); IELTS (Academic): 6.5; GMAT (Verbal): Band 21.

For international students

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should

  • have a Bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized university, normally with honours not lower than Second Class (or equivalent); and
  • be fluent in written English and Chinese, and in oral English and Cantonese; and
  • attend an interview (if necessary).

To fulfill the University’s minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

obtained a pass grade in other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE or

obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

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


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