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Master of Nursing

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Courses may have compulsory block courses/contact workshops. Please check each course for details.
  • 2 years full-time; or up to 6 years part-time
  • Not available for international students

Take the next step in your nursing career

Massey’s Master of Nursing (MN) prepares you for a range of clinical leadership roles in specialty areas, education, management or research. Our nurse practitioner (NP) pathway is approved by the Nursing Council and meets the education requirements for registration as a NP. You’ll develop advanced knowledge and skills in your field of study through a mix of theoretical and clinical courses.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Most students like you undertaking postgraduate study in Nursing are in full-time practice and study part-time.

Several postgraduate courses in Nursing are delivered via ‘distance or block mode’ with compulsory face-to-face teaching in on-campus contact workshops, web-based teaching, relevant readings and other study material. This is designed to make the courses available to students in employment and located at a distance from the university.

Develop your practice

Students like you initially enrol in the postgraduate certificate to develop clinical knowledge and skills. You then study towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing or progress to a Master of Nursing as preparation for advanced practice roles and/or Nurse Practitioner registration.

Learn from the best in your field

You’ll learn from academics and professional clinicians who are highly experienced registered nurses. Their expertise in practice and research drives the development of relevant, up-to-date course content, teaching, and assessment of your work.

You’ll be supported all the way

There is always plenty of help at hand. Along with contact with your lecturers, Learning Consultants in the Centre for Teaching and Learning are available to support your study and academic writing skills. Each library has a subject librarian who supports you on campus or at a distance.

Want to become a Nurse Practitioner in New Zealand?

Nurse practitioners have advanced education, clinical training and the demonstrated competence and legal authority to practise beyond the level of a registered nurse. Nurse practitioners work autonomously and in collaborative teams, providing a wide range of assessment and treatment interventions, ordering and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests, and prescribing medicines.

To become a nurse practitioner you must be a registered nurse, have four years practice experience in your area of expertise, and complete the Master of Nursing which includes the Prescribing for Nurse Practitioner Practice practicum.

See the Planning tab for more information on entry requirements and the curriculum.

Number one school for research

Massey’s School of Nursing has been ranked number one in New Zealand in the most recent 2012 Performance-Based Research Funding (PBRF) rankings. PBRF ranks all university programmes for their research excellence.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to take your registered nurse career to the next level
  • Successfully completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Seek to develop your professional practice and work towards senior nursing roles
  • Strive to make a major contribution to people’s health and wellbeing
Kathryn Stothers
Master of Nursing

“The flexibility and support of Massey University and its staff has meant I feel like a valued student rather than just a number…”

Due to the supportive nature of Massey in my undergraduate study, when I was considering postgraduate study Massey was my first choice. The flexibility and support of Massey University and its staff has meant I feel like a valued student rather than just a number.

What I have loved about my study has been the personal growth and development within my career. The courses I have studied were relevant to my clinical field and I was able to implement the new knowledge into my daily practice. I enjoyed having the ability to choose courses in my master’s that supported my current role, that built on the compulsory courses and that ultimately helped advance my practice.

My clinical role is highly specialised. In my role as a Registered Nurse Study Coordinator, I administer investigational medications for patients diagnosed with varying types of cancer. In collaboration with the oncologists I review the patient’s response to these treatments and report these findings back to the pharmaceutical trial sponsors. This has meant that the compulsory courses of pharmacology and pathophysiology have been essential in understanding the way the medications I work with interact with the human body.

The elective courses I completed were focused on education and leadership within nursing. In my role there is a large amount of education for both patients and staff in the requirements for each individual clinical trial. The skills I acquired from these allowed me to work more cohesively with staff and patients to promote safer patient outcomes and reduce the number of deviations from strict international clinical trial protocols.

The reasons I would recommend studying at Massey University are too many to be listed. The main reason I re-enrolled at Massey University was the dedication of Massey staff supporting their students to achieve success. The personal interaction with lecturers and advisors to ensure you are meeting your course requirements, the willingness of the administration staff to help with queries and paperwork and the student support services in place that allow Massey students to thrive in their academic journey were all essential in helping me reach my academic goals. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Massey University, both as an undergraduate and as a postgraduate student.


The Master of Nursing (MN) degree prepares nurses like you for advanced practice roles. Our graduates work as:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nurse prescriber
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Clinical nurse educator
  • Nursing leadership roles such as Director of Nursing, clinical nurse manager, nurse researcher, nurse advisor

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