Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


18 months - 3 years


Level 8 - 9

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The EIT | Te Pūkenga Master of Nursing Science programme will build on knowledge, skills and attributes which registered nurses have gained in their undergraduate degrees and subsequent professional practice. The programme is designed to meet the needs of registered nurses who are seeking postgraduate study to prepare them for a variety of advanced nursing practice, nursing education, policy, management and other leadership roles.

Blended / Online Learning

All the postgraduate courses are offered either online or with blended delivery. This means that the majority of the work is located on a virtual teaching and learning platform with directed activities and learning that you work through. Lecturers work within the virtual classroom setting so that they maintain contact with students.

Blended delivery means that there are on-campus contact sessions or workshops with the bulk of the learning activity undertaken in the online environment.

This flexible delivery method allows you to study at your pace, in your place, at locations throughout New Zealand.


Generally the courses are delivered online. However, some courses may require attendance at online sessions or face-to-face workshops on the EIT | Te Pūkenga Hawke’s Bay campus. Any requirement for attendance at sessions is identified in the course information.

Please click here to refer to the programme timetable, showing full year and semester dates, and compulsory study days or contact Stacey Wong, the Postgraduate Programmes Administrator on 06 830 1507.

Each credit for the course represents 10 hours of student learning/study time over the period of the course.

Each course consists of online learning opportunities and in some cases clinical fieldwork, and on-campus workshops. You are expected to spend subsequent time in independent/self-directed study, critical reflection, and field work in your place of study or work.

Work Integrated Learning

Some courses will require you to be actively involved in clinical practice in the area of specialty and require a current annual practising certificate from the Nursing Council of New Zealand.


The Master of Nursing Science is a 180-credit programme (one and a half years full-time or three years part-time) which enables registered nurses to further develop their knowledge and skills for professional practice.

As a graduate of the programme you will be equipped with expanded nursing knowledge, refined skills for evidence-based practice, and enhanced clinical judgment and research skills which will enable you to deliver advanced nursing practice, nursing education and leadership.

The Master of Nursing Science is a Level 9 qualification of 180 credits with pathways for either:

  • 90 credits at Level 8 plus 90 credits at Level 9, or
  • 120 credits at Level 8 plus 60 credits at Level 9

We recommend that you take the opportunity to discuss your study options with the School of Nursing Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator, prior to enrolment, to help ensure that you select the most appropriate pathway to meet your career goals.

Contact Lizzy Mackenzie on 06 830 1950 or to discuss.

In this application pack you will find information about the programme, descriptions for each of the subjects covered, and fees and costs associated with this programme.



Start dates vary depending on courses selected, however generally 30 credit courses are semesterised and commence in either February or July each year.




Your Future Career Opportunities

The Master of Nursing Science is designed to meet the needs of registered nurses who are seeking postgraduate study to prepare themselves for a variety of advanced nursing practice, nursing education, policy, management and other leadership roles.

Career opportunities may include:

  • Specialty clinical nurse
  • Nurse educator
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Clinical charge nurse
  • Nursing lecturer
  • Nursing management
  • Research roles
  • Project management


Entry Requirements

Entry with Credit

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus



EIT | Te Pūkenga offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.