Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


18 months - 3 years


Level 9

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Advance your nursing knowledge

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.

Online / blended delivery

Our 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 you.

Blended delivery means that there are 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. Any requirement for attendance at face-to-face sessions is identified in the course information.

You are expected to spend subsequent time in independent/self-directed study, critical reflection, and work-integrated learning in your place of study or work.

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 or

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

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 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 Kathleen McCrory on 06 830 1405 or email to discuss.


Your future career and study opportunities

The Master of Nursing Science programme is specifically designed to prepare nurses for advanced specialty practice, leadership, education and/or Doctoral study.


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

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



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.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus

Tairāwhiti 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.