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Master of Science in Nursing

Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 53070

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
School of Nursing

Stream Code

FTS (Full-time)
PT (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

2 years (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits


Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$4,000 per credit for local students
HK$4,835 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Shirley Ching Siu-yin
PhD, BSc(Hons) Nursing, Dip Epi App Stat, RN, FHKAN(Education)


  • Nine specialisms are introduced in this programme: Cancer and Palliative Care; Community Health Nursing; Critical Care; Gerontological Nursing; Infectious Diseases and Infection Control; Maternity; Mental Health Nursing; Nursing Education; and Traditional Chinese Medicinal Nursing. Students can choose to graduate with a specialism upon fulfilment of the specialism requirements.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme aims to offer experienced registered nurses the opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and competencies for advanced practice roles. Graduates are able to:

  • ​become Advanced Practising Nurses;
  • become Nurse Leaders in the changing healthcare system;
  • meet the demands of healthcare reform in Hong Kong;
  • critically analyse and evaluate ongoing professional practices; and
  • establish innovative projects to facilitate preventive, curative, and rehabilitative client care.



  • Allows students to develop their specialty areas in various specialties.
  • Allows students to choose the completion of either a dissertation or a practicum.
  • Optional provision of a Postgraduate Diploma as an exit award.
  • Offers conferences and overseas placement scholarships to outstanding students.
  • Offers overseas placement opportunities to students, giving them exposure to overseas nursing system.
  • Subjects taken may be considered as relevant qualifications for meeting the theoretical hours required by the respective Colleges of the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing in the membership application**.
    (**in continuous negotiation with the Colleges)


Programme Structure 

The Master of Science in Nursing programme leads to specialisation and a leadership role in nursing.


Students can choose to graduate with the following awards/specialisms after completing the corresponding award/specialism requirements:

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Cancer and Palliative Care)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Community Health Nursing)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Critical Care)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Gerontological Nursing)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Infectious Diseases and Infection Control)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Maternity)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Mental Health Nursing)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Nursing Education)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Traditional Chinese Medicinal Nursing)


Please visit here for details of the requirements and subjects offered.


Core Areas of Study

Please refer to the Programme Structure section for the subjects offered.

Entrance Requirements

  • ​A Bachelor's degree in nursing from PolyU or its equivalent;
  • Currently practising in a specialist field. 


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office, School of Nursing
Tel: (852) 2766 4369
Fax: (852) 2364 9663 
Email: sn.enquiry@polyu.edu.hk 
Website: sn.polyu.edu.hk