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Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Delivered via on-campus block courses and incorporates some distance learning
  • 2 years full-time
  • Not available for international students

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Entry requirements

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Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) Scholarship

In addition to the normal university entrance requirements, the following criteria apply:

  1. Be selected into the programme on the basis of a selection process, which include a written application, and may include an interview and practical exercises as determined by the Academic Board or their delegate.
  2. Candidates must meet the requirements set down by the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) for registration as a nurse in New Zealand in terms of good character and fitness to be a nurse. Hence, the School of Nursing will proceed with a criminal record check under the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004 and the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 (VCA 2014). Once an applicant has been successful at gaining a place in the MCP (Nursing) programme, a NZ Police Vetting Service Request & Consent Form along with a VCA 2014 Questionnaire will be emailed to the successful applicant to complete and return. A similar procedure will be repeated by the Nursing Council of NZ upon application to sit the State Final Exam to become a registered nurse.
  3. Applicants who have English as a second language must provide with their application evidence of proficiency in the English language in the form of an Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an IELTS of 7 in each band within the preceding three months.
  4. Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification with a grade average of B over the highest two levels of courses.
  5. A current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate is required upon admission (NZQA unit standards 6402, 6401 & 6400).
  6. Health screening requirement (this includes the immunisations required for clinical placements and practice) - Information regarding the health screening needed is sent out after an applicant has been successful at gaining a place in the programme.

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

To support your application, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • A personal supporting statement of about 300 words explaining why you chose the Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) programme and why you feel you would make a good nurse. List any personal characteristics you have that demonstrate your suitability.
  • A curriculum vitae of approximately three pages
  • Two referee reports

We require two people who can act as referees for you and who are able to provide informed responses on your personal suitability for the programme. A referee should be someone who has known you for one year or more in the capacity of employer, educator, work colleague or person of community standing, ie Kaumatua, Minister or similar. Your referee should not be a friend, flatmate, relative or someone who has not known you for at least a year. The information your referee supplies is confidential to those involved in the selection process.

  • Evidence of your completed academic study
  • A copy of your results in the Academic IELTS test If English is not your first language. The Academic IELTS score must be at least 7 across all bands.
  • A copy of your First Aid Certificate (if this is already completed)

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

Unfortunately no credit can be awarded towards the Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) due to the specialised nature of this qualification. 

Planning your programme

The Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) may be awarded with a class of honours for students who complete with sufficient merit within two years of full-time study.

Maximum time-frame for completion of this qualification is five years.

Students must achieve at least a B grade average over the courses completed in Part One to progress to Part Two.

Students who do not meet this minimum standard may be exited with a Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology or Postgraduate Certificate in Science and Technology.


The Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) is designed as an integrated programme of theoretical health/nursing knowledge, applied science, and clinical experiences in collaboration with a range of clinical service providers in home, community and hospital settings.  Students need to be aware that, due to the clinical requirements, the MCP Programme does not follow the standard Massey University semester calendar.  In Year One and Year Two of the programme, semesters are not congruent with the Massey Academic Calendar year, with students requiring to do extended semesters, and study breaks that vary from year to year to accommodate the clinical placement dates.

Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) structure

You will follow a parts-based course of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 240 credits and a minimum of 1100 hours of supervised clinical practice.

Part One

The courses in your first semester of study focus on Hauora and Wellbeing.  It includes 160 clinical hours and introduces the professional requirements for nursing, nursing skills and knowledge, the regulatory, legal and ethical dimensions of practice.

The courses in your second semester focus on Long-term Conditions and Primary Health Care. This includes 240 clinical hours and study of the fundamentals of care (evidence-based nursing framework), a critical evaluation of the desired and unseen effects of technology in nursing and a critical consideration of our individual and collective response to vulnerable and marginalised populations to lead reduction of health inequity and to promote wellbeing.

Part Two

The two courses, in your third semester of study, focus on Complex and Acute Health Challenges including caring for people and their whānau experiencing acute distress, illness or trauma across the age continuum, evidence-based practice as a conscientious, problem-solving approach to nursing and a 360 clinical hours placement.

The final semester of study focuses on Consolidation of Nursing Knowledge and Leadership. This includes 360 hours of continuous clinical practice and supports the student to understand the reality of the novice registered nurse, and to undertake an evidence-based exploration of the potential for change in practice in the clinical environment.

On successful completion of the MCP programme, the student will apply to the NCNZ to sit the State Examination; successful completion will result in entry to the register. 

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


The Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) consists of a total of 240 credits, including compulsory courses:

Part One

Compulsory courses (105 credits):
168.742 Fundamental Partnerships I (30 credits)
168.743 Fundamental Partnerships II (30 credits)
168.744 Professional Issues (15 credits)
168.745 E-Health and Technology in Nursing (15 credits)
168.746 Social Justice and Citizenship (15 credits)

Compulsory course (15 credits):
168.740 Critical Knowledge for Nursing (Bioscience) (15 credits)
168.741 Critical Knowledge for Nursing (Social Science) (15 credits)

Students should select 168.740 in Semester Two 2020 because 168.741 is not offered

Part Two

Compulsory courses (120 credits)
168.747 Complex Partnerships I (45 credits)
168.820 Scholarship for Clinical Practice (15 credits)
168.821 Leadership in Nursing Practice Project (30 credits)
168.748 Complex Partnerships II (Transition to Practice) (30 credits)

Courses 168.742, 168.743, 168.747 and 168.748 include a minimum of 1100 hours of approved clinical practice and associated reports.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

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