School of Nursing

Postgraduate study at the School of Nursing

In order to undertake postgraduate study, you must complete all the admission requirements, which includes providing all the necessary documents.

New students, to ensure you enrol on time, please visit our step-by-step guide to applications, admission, and enrolment.

To apply for this programme click on the red APPLY NOW button. 

Study at postgraduate level means making a commitment to both personal and professional development as well as to new and challenging academic work. Postgraduate study is about investigating, analysing, critically evaluating, reflecting and responding to the challenges posed by practice and the academic environment. Programme structures are intended to be flexible and provide opportunities for nurses to design programmes of study that are appropriate for the learning goals they wish to achieve and are relevant to their practice areas.

New students are expected to attend an orientation session, either in Auckland or one of our regional sessions.

Information on our orientation programmes.

More information on the programmes offered by the School of Nursing:

Postgraduate qualifications

Registered nurses who do not have previous tertiary level qualifications, but have over two years of professional experience, are welcome to apply for either a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma.

There are two distinct masters qualification pathways within the postgraduate nursing programme structure. Within each of these pathways there are three qualification steps. These qualifications are all at a postgraduate level and each step can potentially contribute to the next step. The qualification steps are:


The 180 point professional Master of Nursing Practice is aimed at registered nurses working in clinical practice contexts who have achieved a grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in their  UG degree or postgraduate studies.

Please click on the programme link below for more information about the content, structure and duration of the different programmes:


Bachelor (Honours) programme

Students with a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Auckland are welcome to apply for a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours). This programme requires 120 credit points, which equates with a full-time academic year.

Please click on the programme link below for more information about the content, structure and duration of the Bachelor (Honours) programme:

Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)


Explaining credit points

At the University of Auckland, 120 credit points equates with a full-time academic year. Most postgraduate courses in the School of Nursing are 30 points. One full-time semester is therefore 60 points.