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Master of Nursing Programme

Master of Nursing Programme
Programme Overview
The Master of Nursing (MNurs) Programme provides opportunities for nurse graduates to prepare for advanced practice nursing in keeping with the rapid changes in health care in Hong Kong.

MNurs Programme Leaflet 

Study mode and duration
Part-time (6 semesters spread across 2 academic years) or 
Full-time (3 semesters spread across 1 academic year)
UGC Targeted TPg Fellowships Scheme
30 fellowships awarded for MNurs local students in 2023/24 and 2024/25 respectively. The fellowship students are required to pay a minimum tuition fee of HK$42,100, and the differences will be subsidised by the fellowships subject to a cap of HK$120,000 for each student.  

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Study Tracks
MNurs students are required to choose one of the study tracks, which are grouped under two concentrations:

Concentrations  Study Tracks

(I) Population Health and Health Care Management​

  1. Community and Public Health Nursing
  2. Health Care Management and Leadership
(II) Advanced Clinical Practice 
  1. Advanced Surgical Nursing
  2. Critical Care Nursing
  3. Emergency Nursing 
  4. Gerontological and Palliative Nursing 
  5. Infection Control Nursing
  6. Paediatric Nursing
  7. Perfusion Science and Cardiac Nursing   
  • Tracks are offered only if there is a viable number of students selecting that track, and subject to change without prior notice.

The curriculum consists of 2 core courses, 1 concentration course, 3 specialty courses, 3 elective courses related to advanced nursing practice and/or clinical components of the selected specialty.  In addition, a capstone experience, which includes a Translational Nursing Research course and a Dissertation or Clinical Research Project, develops students’ competencies in evidence-based practice and translating scientific evidence into clinical and public health innovations to improve quality of care.

Part-time September - December January - April May - August
Year 1
  • Core course 1
  • Specialty course 1
  • Concentration course 1
  • Specialty course 2
  • Elective course 1
  • Core course 2
  • Specialty course 3
Year 2
  • Elective course 2
  • Capstone experience
  • Elective course 3
  • Capstone experience
  • Capstone experience
Full-time September - December January - April May - August
Year 1
  • Core course 1
  • Specialty course 1
  • Elective course 1
  • Capstone experience
  • Concentration course 1
  • Specialty course 2
  • Elective course 2 & 3
  • Capstone experience
  • Core course 2
  • Specialty course 3
  • Capstone experience



Core Courses

  • NURS7102 Research Methods for Health Professionals
  • NURS8240 Clinical & Professional Leadership

Concentration Course

  1. All students under the Population Health and Health Care Management Concentration are required to take the following concentration course:
    NURS8102 Health Care Systems and Policies
  2. All students under the Advanced Clinical Practice Concentration are required to take the following concentration course:
    NURS7204 Advanced Practice Roles

Specialty Courses

All students are required to take at least three specialty courses according to their study track.

  1. Advanced Surgical Nursing track
    NURS8231 Managing Clients with Complex Surgical and Health Problems
    NURS8232 Therapeutic Nurse-client Relationships in Advanced Surgical Nursing
    NURS8280 Advanced Surgical Nursing Practice
  2. Community and Public Health Nursing track
    NURS7103 Health Maintenance and Promotion
    NURS7106 Epidemiology and Critical Appraisal
    NURS8207 Advanced Practice in Public Health Nursing: Assessment of Aggregate Need
  3. Critical Care Nursing track
    NURS8281 Advanced Critical Care Practice
    NURS8282 Advanced Health Assessment and Pharmacology in Critical Care
    NURS8272 Advanced Practice in Cardiac Nursing
    NURS8277 Managing Clients with Complex Health Problems
    NURS8276 Managing Clinical Emergencies and Injuries
  4. Emergency Nursing track 
    NURS8282 Advanced Health Assessment and Pharmacology in Critical Care
    NURS8279 Advanced Practice in Emergency Nursing
    NURS8278 Disaster and Emergency Management
    NURS8277 Managing Clients with Complex Health Problems
    NURS8276 Managing Clinical Emergencies and Injuries
  5. (v)  Gerontological and Palliative Nursing track 
    NURS8202 Gerontology for Advanced Practice
    NURS8255 Healthy Ageing
    NURS8265 Palliative Care Nursing
    NURS8275 Management of Complex Symptoms in Advanced Disease 
  6. Health Care Management and Leadership track
    NURS8274 Organisational Development and Human Resources Management
    NURS8273 Operations Management
    NURS8251 Health Economics and Application
  7. Infection Control Nursing track
    NURS8225 Foundation of Infection Control
    NURS8226 Infection Control in Practice
    NURS8227 Future Challenges of Infection Control
    NURS8228 Administration and Responsibility of the Infection Control Team
    NURS8230 Infection Control and Hospital Infrastructure
  8. Paediatric Nursing track
    NURS8266 Neonatal Care Nursing
    NURS8268 Child and Adolescent Health Nursing
    NURS8270 Paediatric Cardiac Nursing
    NURS8271 Paediatric Nursing
  9. Perfusion Science and Cardiac Nursing track 
    NURS8260 Perfusion Technology and Techniques
    NURS8261 Clinical Application of Adult Perfusion
    NURS8272 Advanced Practice in Cardiac Nursing
    NURS8282 Advanced Health Assessment and Pharmacology in Critical Care
    NURS8270 Paediatric Cardiac Nursing 


The MNurs Programme offers a broad-spectrum of advanced specialties and benchmarking with the international standard adopted by top university nursing schools in order to align with the ever-increasing professional educational need for nursing specialisation locally and globally.  In addition, the MNurs Programme has been recognised by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong as one of the local clinical master programmes under the “Voluntary Scheme on Advanced and Specialised Nursing Practice”.

Remarks: Subject to the applicant's submission of qualification proofs issued by the awarding tertiary institution specifying the specialty area of the applicant's Master of Nursing degree.

BL Wong Memorial Prize in Nursing Studies (Master of Nursing)

One prize shall be awarded to a student who has attained the highest total aggregate of marks in the MNurs Programme upon satisfactory completion of the Programme.

Lau Wing Kai Memorial Prizes

One prize shall be awarded to a student who has demonstrated the best performance in the first year of studies in the Part-time MNurs Programme.

Scholarship for Master of Nursing (Full-time)

Up to five scholarships, each of the value up to the full tuition fee of the MNurs Programme, shall be awarded each year to non-local students from low-income or lower-middle income countries* on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Students may be invited to a selection interview if necessary.

* Lists of low-income and lower-middle-income countries as defined by the World Bank will be adopted: and

Best Evidence Based Practice Dissertation/Clinical Research Project Award for Master of Nursing

One award shall be awarded to a student whose Dissertation/Clinical Research Project has been recommended as of the highest quality in the academic year according to the assessment criteria including the examiners’ comments and impact on nursing practices.

Conference Presentation and Publication Sponsorship

The Sponsorship shall be awarded to students who have presented in local/non-local conferences or published in journals with impact factors*

* List of journals with impact factors as defined in the “Incites Journal Citation Reports (” for the latest year will be adopted.

To be eligible for admission to the curriculum leading to the degree of Master of Nursing, candidates shall:

  1. comply with the General Regulations;
  2. comply with the Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula;
  3. be a Registered Nurse holding a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from this University, or from another university, or comparable institution accepted for this purpose; and
  4. satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination if required.

A candidate shall achieve the English proficiency as specified by the University’s admission requirements for the taught postgraduate programmes:

For non-local candidates who have obtained a nurse license in their country will also be eligible for application of the Programme. Please refer to the “Admission & Enquiries” tab for requested supporting documents.

Application for admission fee (non-refundable): HK$300

Composition fee (Subject to change in each intake): Part-time: HK$60,000 per year / Full-time: HK$120,000 per year

Application can be submitted online via

The following documents should be submitted to the HKU School of Nursing as soon as you have completed the online application either by post i or in person:

  1. Originals or certified true copiesii of ALL academic transcripts and graduation certificatesiii, iv 
    (sample of declaration form in Hong Kong / sample of notary public in China);
  2. Certified true copiesii of HKID (for local applicants) / passport (for non-local applicants);
  3. Certified true copiesii of Certificate of Registration AND valid practising certificate issued by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong or the nursing authority in your own country;
  4. Two academic referee’s reports. (Download from here);
  5. Originals or certified true copiesii of TOEFLvi / IELTSvi official score report (if applicable); and
  6. Other documents which you would like to bring the attention of the University.



i  Please quote your application number and full name in all correspondence and supporting documents and ensure your mail items bear sufficient postage with return address.  

ii Please note that the University will only ACCEPT originals or copies of the documents that have been duly declared as true copies before a notary public. Copies of documents may be certified by the appropriate officials of your home institute if you are an overseas applicant.

No photocopies will be accepted.  Transcripts, diplomas, certificates and other relevant documents which are NOT in English should be accompanied by a formally certified translation in English. Certified translation may be provided by your home institution.

iii Bachelor degree should be conferred on or before August 31 (for local applicants) or March 31 (for non-local applicants) of the current admission year respectively.

iv For qualifications obtained from universities in Mainland China: An Online Verification Report of Higher Education Qualification Certificate (教育部学历证书电子注册备案表) in both Chinese and English version issued by the CHSI (学信网) / CHESICC (全国高等学校学生信息咨询与就业指导中心) is required. Please set the validity period of the reports as at least 6 months.

v Applicants can log into the TOLA applicant interface and view/edit invited referees. The applicant can review the invited referees by accessing the “Academic/professional referees” section.

vi Only TOEFL / IELTS scores recorded in the two years before the date of application are considered.
TOEFL applicants should request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send an official score report to the University (TOEFL code 9671) direct.

vii Please note that all non-local students are required by law to obtain a student visa to study in Hong Kong and the Immigration Department normally issues student visas to students enrolling in a FULL-TIME programme in the University only.

Please note that the processing time of student visa applications is approximately 10-12 weeks.  It is the responsibility of individual students to make appropriate visa arrangement before they come to Hong Kong.  For more details, please visit

Application deadline:

Round 1: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), February 9, 2024
Round 2: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), April 2, 2024


School of Nursing

5/F, Academic Building
3 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam
Hong Kong

Contact Information

Tel:        3917 6604
Fax:       2872 6079