Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (GDipNSc)

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These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


This program is designed to provide opportunities for nurses to develop advanced skills in clinical inquiry, practice and leadership in professional nursing. It provides students with knowledge and understanding of research methods, critical analysis, leadership and theoretical perspectives that inform nursing.
Students are able to specialise in: Acute Care Nursing; Anaesthetic and Recovery Nursing; Cardiac Nursing; Emergency Nursing;  Intensive Care Nursing; Oncology Nursing; Orthopaedic Nursing; and Perioperative Nursing.

Note: The following clinical speciality courses will not be offered in 2020:

  • Anaesthetic and Recovery Nursing
  • Perioperative Nursing

The Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.


Condition of Admission
Student and Professional Registration: Students accepted into the program are required to be registered with the relevant regulatory authority and working as a registered nurse a minimum of 0.64 FTE in the speciality area.
An applicant for admission to the program of study for the Graduate Diploma / Master of Nursing Science Stage 1 shall:

  1. be registered, or be eligible for registration, as a nurse in Australia
  2. and be employed at a minimum of 0.64 FTE in the specialty setting (except for the Generic Graduate Diploma)
  3. and have qualified for a degree of Bachelor of Nursing, or equivalent, of a university accepted for the purposes by the University
  4. and have at least two years’ experience as a registered nurse in the field of the specialisation to be undertaken.

Condition of Enrolment
Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Coordinator before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science

There shall be a Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study from one of the following specialisations with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 9 units
  2. One specialisation to the value of 15 units  may be taken from the following:
    • Acute Care Nursing
    • Anaesthetic and Recovery Nursing
    • Cardiac Nursing
    • Emergency Nursing
    • Intensive Care Nursing
    • Oncology Nursing
    • Orthopaedic Nursing
    • Perioperative Nursing  
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 9 units.

Courses to the value of up to 9 units may be taken from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
NURSING 7102 Research Literacy 3
NURSING 7101 Professional Practice 3
NURSING 7100 Knowledge Translation 3