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The best universities for nursing in Australia

Deciding to study nursing abroad is very exciting but have you considered what Australia can offer you? We investigate the best universities in Australia for this degree.

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Australia is such a popular destination for students from all over the world, and it’s clear why. It’s a beautiful country known for its incredible weather, and it is home to some of the most well-known cities in the world.  


Australia is a great place to live and an equally great place to study. There are over 40 universities across the whole country. More than half a million international students call Australia their second home as they undergo life-changing degrees. 


One of the most popular courses for many international students is nursing. Several Australian universities take this degree to the next level by providing world-class nursing education and creating capable nurses year after year. 


With so many Australian universities to choose from, let’s look at some of the best for studying nursing. 



Set in the heart of the city, just minutes from the coast, UTS is a very popular university and specialises in many courses to cater to a variety of potential students. The university was ranked number one for nursing by the QS World University Rankings


There are nursing courses at both the undergraduates and postgraduate levels. In addition, UTS offers specialised nursing degrees, including mental health nursing, palliative care, paediatric nursing, and critical care nursing.  


Undergraduates can choose from four different nursing courses, while those who already have a degree have 13 postgraduate courses available to them. Each of these courses goes above and beyond to educate future nurses about the world of medicine focusing on rarely touched topics such as health and wellbeing in indigenous communities. 




Also sat in the centre of Australia’s biggest city, the University of Sydney sits comfortably in the top three of the country’s top universities every year and has a lot to offer. The university is ranked number two in Australia by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.  


The university has several campuses, with nursing students having access to several top-class facilities. Nursing courses at the university aim to prepare students for a career in nursing, with practical training a key element of the curriculum, with more on-site instruction than at other universities.  


As a nursing student there, you will also have access to the university’s one-of-a-kind research facility, where students are part of ground-breaking research. This experience aims to create nurses who will be instant assets to their workplace, bringing with them critical knowledge and skills. 


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The city of Melbourne sits in the Southwest of the country. The campuses of the University of Melbourne can be found here in amongst historical buildings. The university is rated as one of the top ten universities for nursing in Australia by the QS World University Rankings.  


What makes the University of Melbourne unique is its connections with hospitals and research institutes throughout Australia, allowing students hands-on experience within the medical world as early as their first year of study. Students will get a glimpse into life as a nurse in both the public and private sectors. You'll also can take your studies to one of their partner institutions and organisations overseas.  


After completing your degree, you will be expected to have a well-rounded education in the field and a lot of practical experience already under your belt. Many nursing graduates from the University of Melbourne end up working at one of these hospitals for some time after completing their degree. 


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The largest university in Australia, Monash is an incredible option if you’re a prospective nursing student. Their School of Nursing and Midwifery offers students a place to grow and learn in this field with two undergraduate degree options dedicated to creating excellent nurses and midwives. Monash also ranks highly on the QS World University Rankings with a spot in the top three institutions for the subject in Australia.  


The university has one of the highest intakes of international students. Over 30,000 international students call the university home. Students worldwide recognise it as a great place to get a degree and those looking to study nursing are no exception. 


The courses have everything you may expect on a nursing degree and more, with a large portion of the three years dedicated to studying the social, environmental, and behavioural determinants to health and illness. 


Nursing is a career path that is often described as 'a calling'. Universities know this. Due to the nature of the job ahead for you as a nursing student, these courses need to give you a varied yet thorough education in this field and provide an experience that you can use on your very first day as a nurse. 


Australia is an incredible destination choice for any international student. This is especially true for those who are looking into studying nursing. Many Australian universities pride themselves on the quality of their nursing courses, and you are spoilt for choice if you are considering studying there. 


Find out more about student life in Australia and how to apply to study in Australia. This can help you decide if the country is the right study destination. 

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