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master of nursing

Master of Nursing (Level 9)


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • Two years
  • Part-time
  • Fee dependent on modules selected
  • Level 9
  • Hamilton City Campus


This programme provides opportunities for role development in advanced nursing practice. It involves theoretical knowledge development as well as clinical and ethical learning experiences, with an aim to build capacity to respond to increasingly diverse populations and complex health environments.

A candidate may take up to four years to complete the Master of Nursing programme.

What you will learn

There are three options for completing this programme:

  • Nurse practitioner (You can find more information about nurse practitioners in New Zealand here)
  • Advanced practice
  • Rangahau or research dissertation
Note: If the module you are interested in is not available, please contact to arrange a time with one of our postgraduate teaching staff to discuss possible alternatives.

View programme modules

Group A - Compulsory modules for Pathway 1: Nurse Practitioner

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites




Evidence and Inquiry in Practice


Research for Practice







HSIP902Evidence Based Practice Project930

HSIP805 or


NURS901Advanced Nursing Practice930 NURS902
NURS902Nurse Practicum Practicum930 NURS901


Group B – Compulsory modules for Pathway 2: Advanced Practice

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites




Evidence and Inquiry in Practice


Research for Practice







HLNU902Evidence Based Practice Project

HSIP805 or


HSIP904Advanced Practice Development930

HSIP805 or




Group C – Elective modules (Pathway 2: Advanced Practice):

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
NURS801Integrated Science and Assessment830  

Reasoning in Practice

Te Whiriwhiri Oranga Māori

NURS804Pharmacology for Nursing Practice830NURS801 
NURS807Advanced Diabetes Nursing Practice830  
NURS808Advanced Cardiac Nursing Practice830  
NURS809Advanced Nursing Practice in Breast Care830  
NURS810Advanced Nursing Practice in Wound Care830  
NURS811Nursing Practice with the Older Adult830  
NURS812Advanced Practice in Long-Term Conditions830  
HSIP801Leadership and Management in Professional Practice I 830  
HSIP802Leadership and Management in Professional Practice II 830HSPI801 
HSIP803Facilitating Learning in Professional Practice830  
HSIP804Coaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision830  
HSIP805Evidence and Inquiry in Practice 830  
HSIP810Professional Supervision 1830  
HSIP811Professional Supervision 2830HSIP810 
HSIP813Palliative Care830  
HSIP815Supervised Critical Enquiry830Two modules at level 8 
HSIP816Mental Health and Addiction Practice830  

Group D - Compulsory modules for Pathway 3: Dissertation

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
HSIP808Research in Practice830  
NURS903Dissertation 930HSIP808 


Our graduates

Whānau is everything for four Māori Master's graduates

Four Māori nurses have graduated with Master's degrees from Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), and all agree that time is the biggest challenge, and a supportive network means everything.

The four, Myra Pourau (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāi Te Rangi), Ellyn Proffit (Ngāti Porou), Janette Ngaheu (Ngāti Awa, Te Pahipoto, Ngāti Pikiao), and Natalie Lewis (Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Porou, Tainui) all value education in progressing their careers and want to inspire others to follow an academic pathway to find success. Read more.
Ellyn Proffit is capped at Te Kōpū Mania o Kirikiriroa Marae Graduation ceremony on Wintec’s Hamilton campus.

Postgraduate support

The Postgraduate Office at Wintec has been created to support postgraduate students in their studies and research by providing dedicated resources and advice. Wintec also has a dedicated Research Office, which is the hub of research at Wintec and caters to all researchers, both staff and students. 

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed in advanced nursing practice positions such as nurse practitioner, as management, research, education, clinical leaders, independent practice, or enter into further study at Doctorate level.

Completed written work can be used as part of the application for registration as a Nurse Practitioner.

Applications and next steps

Covid-19 vaccination information
In light of the pandemic, it is highly recommended that you are vaccinated against Covid-19 if you want to apply for this programme. 

To discuss your application and the pathway options within the programme including what modules would best compliment your area of work, please contact the postgraduate team at

If you have any enrolment questions, send them to​ and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.



Entry criteria

General academic admission

a) Candidates are required to have:

  1. A Wintec Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing, with a grade average of B or better, or
  2. Equivalent. Candidates from another tertiary organisation must have an equivalent qualification with a grade average of B or better and deemed to have reached the learning outcomes of the compulsory modules of the Wintec Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing programme.

b) All candidates are required to have graduate nursing experience in the health sector demonstrated in a professional portfolio.

Selection Criteria

a) Candidates must complete their application for selection at least two months prior to the commencement of the programme. Applications received after this point will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

b) Candidates for the Master of Nursing Pathway 1 - Nurse Practitioner, Pathway 2 - Advance Practice, must also meet the following additional requirements for entry to the programme:

  1. Hold a current New Zealand practising certificate as a Registered Nurse and be in good standing with the Nursing Council of New Zealand; and
  2. A minimum of 3 years' equivalent full-time relevant practice within the past 5 years, with a least 1 year of the 3 in full-time practice in New Zealand. For Pathway 1, this must be in the area of practice they are intending to practice in as a nurse practitioner.

c) Additionally, candidates for entry to the NURS902 Nurse Practitioner practicum must have:

  1. A collaborative working relationship within an interprofessional team and the support of a designated authorised prescriber (DAP), (a registered medical practitioner or nurse practitioner with current indemnity insurance) as a mentor who will provide clinical supervision for prescribing practice, and
  2. An agreement to undertake the practicum within an organisation that supports nurse prescribing, and
  3. Identified two areas of clinical practice in which to develop the nurse practitioner role, one of which will be the intended area of prescribing practice. One experience must be undertaken with a clinical supervisor who is a nurse practitioner.

English language requirements

a) Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 7.0 across all bands; or

b) Equivalent.


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Postgraduate nursing pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain direct entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Programme information will be emailed to you approximately 2–4 weeks before your first workshop or at the start of your module.

What you will need

Logins for computer access
All course information, workshop timetables, and relevant content will be available online through Moodle.

Computer requirements 
We require students to have access to to a device, such as a laptop or a smartphone, that has access to a video player, PDF reader and Microsoft software. Find more about device specifications here. For the Pharmacology module, Scopia is required.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

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