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Master of Science in Nursing Programme

Master of Science in Nursing Programme
Programme Overview
The Master of Science in Nursing [MSc(Nurs)] Programme provides a comprehensive and holistic nursing education to bachelor's degree holders who desire to pursue a promising career as a Registered Nurse with a master degree.

MSc(Nurs) Programme Leaflet 

Study mode and duration
Full-time (9 semesters spread across 3 academic years)


The Master of Science in Nursing [MSc(Nurs)] Programme admits Bachelor's degree holders from non-nursing disciplines and prepares them for registration with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong [NCHK] as a Registered Nurse. The Programme provides a comprehensive and holistic nursing education which strives to achieve professional excellence in nursing. Students will develop the capacity to become a transformative nurse, making a positive impact on the outcomes of patients and healthcare systems, with the capacity to become a future leader in the profession.

Graduates will become an independent and competent practitioner and an enabling partner, with a global vision, an insatiable quest for knowledge, and the courage to embrace change and uncertainties in an interdisciplinary team. The capstone project of the Programme prepares students for higher degrees through research study.


Programme Structure

MSc(Nurs) is a full-time programme with a normative study period of 3 academic years. Its curriculum consists a total of 29 courses (204 credits) which focuses on quality care, clinical skills, leadership and is designed to be both research-intensive and research-informed.

In addition to the 22 professional core courses and 5 practicum courses, students are also required to complete the capstone experience including a Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice course and a Nursing Thesis. Through active involvement in the practical and real research questions and design, students will be able to become a competent learner being able to formulate a meaningful research questions, critically appraise literature and rigorously plan for an appropriate research design.

Components Courses Credits

Taught Courses
(22 courses)

  • Life Sciences I, II for Nursing
  • Applied Psychology for Nursing Practice
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Science of Therapeutic Nursing I, II, III, IV
  • Introduction to Nursing Research
  • Microbiology and Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
  • Health Assessment
  • Promoting the Health of Individuals and Populations
  • Emergency and Critical Care Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Social Context of Health and Illness
  • Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents
  • Nursing Care of Women and Infants
  • Community and Global Health Nursing
  • Nursing Care of the Older Adult
  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing
  • Introduction to Chinese Medicine and Nursing
  • Management and Leadership
Clinical Practicum
(5 courses)
  • Introduction to Clinical Nursing Practicum
  • Adult Nursing Practicum
  • Specialty Nursing Practicum I, II
  • Consolidation Practicum
Capstone Experience
(2 courses)
  • Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice
  • Nursing Thesis

Clinical Practicum

The clinical practicum enables students to apply theoretical concepts in practical situations and these off-campus experiences are integral components of the MSc(Nurs). Students have the opportunities to practice their nursing care and skills under the instructions and supervision of experienced mentors in all aspects of nursing. 


Students are provided with outgoing exchange opportunities for broadening their horizon and enhancing cultural and professional knowledge exchange.

Teaching Strategies

A variety of innovative and interdisciplinary teaching strategies and initiatives are employed to facilitate effective learning throughout the three years. The main teaching and learning methods include but are not limited to formal lectures, seminars, tutorials, nursing laboratories, simulation-based learning and clinical practice.  Other teaching strategies such as interdisciplinary learning, computer-assisted learning and problem-based learning are incorporated into the curriculum in order to meet the need of diverse learners.

Graduates who have satisfactorily completed all programme requirements will be awarded the master degree in nursing and be eligible for direct registration as a Registered Nurse with the NCHK. 

Graduates with cumulative clinical experiences will subsequently lead to career promotion as advanced practice nurses, nurse consultants, nurse managers, administrators or educators.

Master of Science in Nursing Academic Excellence Award

Nine awards shall be made annually, with three awards for each of the three-year studies, to students who have obtained a pass in all practicum course(s) and attained the first, second and third highest total aggregate marks respectively.

Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Excellence Award

Three awards shall be made annually, with one award for each year of the three-year studies, to students who demonstrated outstanding clinical performance in all clinical practica in their year of study as recognised by the clinical nursing team.

Entrance Grants for the Master of Science in Nursing

The grants shall be made annually to newly admitted students on the basis of academic merit upon successful completion of their first year of studies.

To be eligible for admission to the curriculum leading to the degree of MSc(Nurs), candidates shall:

  • comply with the General Regulations;
  • comply with the Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula;
  • hold a Bachelor's degree in a non-nursing discipline of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose in recent 5 years normally;
  • meet the ‘Minimum entry requirements for training of Registered Nurses’ from the Nursing Council of Hong Kong;
  • have a good command of written and spoken English and Chinese (Cantonese); and
  • 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:

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

Composition fee (subject to the University’s approval): HK$150,000 per year

A.  Application

Application should be submitted online via

B.  Supporting documents

Please (i) upload the following supporting documents by logging in; and
(ii) post the original or certified true copies (sample of declaration form in Hong Kong / sample of notary public in China) of the required documents to the School of Nursing [MSc(Nurs) Programme Office, 5/F, Academic Building, 3 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong], before the application deadline AND within four weeks from the date of the creation of your online application account.

  1. Public examinations results (e.g. HKDSE, HKCEE, HKAL) (certified true copies) 
    (sample of declaration form in Hong Kong / sample of notary public in China)
  2. Complete official transcript(s) (original / certified true copies) (sample of declaration form in Hong Kong / sample of notary public in China)
  • Applicants (including HKU graduates) should attach a copy of final transcript with a complete record of courses attended, examination results, overall result and date of award
  • For all current studies which have yet to be completed, applicants should attach a copy of their most up-to-date transcript
  1. Graduation Certificate(s) (certified true copies) 
    (sample of declaration form in Hong Kong / sample of notary public in China)
  1. TOEFL / IELTS official score report (if applicable)
  • for applicants from universities or comparable institutions outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English.
  1. HKID (for local applicants) / passport (for non-local applicants) (certified true copies) 
    (sample of declaration form in Hong Kong / sample of notary public in China
  1. Two academic / employment reference reports (via Application System or Download from here)
  • Please note that the School will NOT send invitation to the referees for completing the form.
  1. Other documents which you would like to bring the attention of the University

You should mark your application number and full name on each document. Transcripts, diplomas, certificates and other submitted documents which are not in English should be accompanied by an officially certified translation in English.  Certified translation may be provided by your home institution.

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 (e.g. a Commissioner for Oaths at a City District Office in Hong Kong or 公证处 for qualifications obtained in Mainland China).  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.

Documents once submitted will not be returned. They will be destroyed if the application is unsuccessful.

You are strongly advised to upload your supporting documents right after submitting your application.  Late provision of supporting documents may cause delays in the processing of your application.


  • 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.  Please click here (for mainland students) / here (for foreign students) for further details.

C.  Application deadline(s)

   12:00 noon (GMT +8), June 14, 2024

School of Nursing

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

Contact Information

Tel:        3917 6964
Fax:       2872 6079