Master of Nursing

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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?

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

Postgraduate courses in Nursing are delivered in 'block mode' with face-to-face teaching in on-campus blocks, web-based teaching, relevant readings and other study material. This is designed to make courses available for those 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.

Nurse Practitioner Training Programme

The Nurse Practitioner Training Programme is funded by Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ). Applications to apply for selected entry open in October each year. Applications for 2018 are closed. 

Nurse Practitioner Training Programme: The Facts (458KB)

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
Marie-Lyne Bournival
Master of Nursing
Nurse Practitioner/General Manager, Hei Hei Health Centre, Christchurch

“I chose Massey because of its extensive choice of papers and the support I got from the word go! All my lecturers were amazingly engaged, wanting us to succeed…”

After 29 years of nursing in primary and secondary care, Marie-Lyne Bournival knew she was capable of achieving much more. So she completed her Master of Nursing at Massey University in 2015. That led her to her role as a nurse practitioner (NP) intern at Wigram Health, an integrated family health centre in Christchurch, serving 10,000 patients. In 2016, she obtained her NP registration and in 2017, she has been nominated as the co-chairperson of the International Council of Nurses Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing (ICN NP/APN) Network.

Well supported by her family and workplace, Marie-Lyne is reaping the rewards of her 3-year academic journey, characterised by her unique story of commitment, compassion and caring.

"The MN is critical to advance your career. I chose Massey because of its extensive choice of papers and the support I got from the word go! All my lecturers were amazingly engaged, wanting us to succeed. I was able to study by distance and on 3 campuses. To achieve a balanced life working four days a week and running a house with three teenagers, I focused on one paper at a time. I didn’t look at the big picture but rather I kept my eyes on the ball. Massey is without a doubt ahead of the game - academic and clinical expertise, library and IT support, supportive lecturers so you achieve at the top of your ability. As an example, thanks to Massey’s strong involvement with other important players, I was the first nurse to submit my NP portfolio electronically to the NZNC. Being the Number One nursing school for research in New Zealand also meant my lecturers were at the forefront of research, teaching and leadership. I also met fantastic nurses from all over the country who are now lifelong friends.”

Since obtaining NP registration, Marie-Lyne has been enjoying an increasingly strategic role within the health centre, balanced with her clinical role. It all adds up to achieving her full potential.

“As an NP, I work collaboratively with medical, administrative and nursing teams to deliver the best care for our patients. We’ve established a unique model of care including daily huddles, rooming patients, advanced and independent nurse clinics, triage and treatment of acute presentations. It has been clearly recognised that the nursing team is crucial to high quality care and a thriving business."

"Without a doubt, Massey was the best decision for my career and for improving the outcomes of our patients. It’s my mission to make primary healthcare nursing a career pathway.”


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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