Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

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



  • 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.

Application Deadline
Local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - Early Round Application Deadline: 2023-11-16 Main Round Application Deadline: 2024-04-30
Non-local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - Early Round Application Deadline: 2023-11-16 Main Round Application Deadline: 2024-04-30
About Programme
How to Apply
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.


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.

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Dr Vivian Ngai

Subject Area
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

Initial Registration Credits


Tuition Fee

HK$4,580 per credit for local students
HK$5,350 per credit for non-local students

Student Message

I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in nursing at PolyU. The School of Nursing equipped me with all of the attributes necessary to become a competent nurse. Due to its excellent teaching and learning culture and support from teachers with rich clinical experience, PolyU was my first choice for postgraduate studies.


In the MSc in Nursing programme, with the guidance of teachers, students explore and critically analyse various issues related to their day-to-day nursing practice. My classmates and I were inspired to improve ourselves and think beyond the boundaries of traditional practice. For example, my deliverable for the Practicum Project was a suggestion for a nursing intervention to improve Hong Kong’s current nursing service. Working on this project allowed me to reflect on nursing service management in local hospital settings.


Studying on a part-time basis after working hours was not easy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when workloads were very heavy in hospitals. I am grateful to all of the teachers of this programme, who communicated well with us and put great effort into supporting our learning. The programme’s hybrid mode allowed for a mix of face-to-face and virtual learning that made nurses’ learning more flexible during this crisis period.


Finally, the MSc programme gave me new insights into nursing. PolyU was definitely the right choice for me, and I recommend it to anyone who is pursuing a career as an advanced practice nurse. 

TSO Tik Ki (Graduate of 2022)

The MSc in Nursing is a well-designed programme, providing students with a range of modules to suit their learning needs and interests, from nursing research to the art of leadership and modern nursing standards. 


For me, the opportunity to carry out an evidence-based project in a clinical setting was the most unique learning experience during this programme. This valuable opportunity enhanced my critical thinking and problem-solving skills and thereby improved my nursing practice, laying a solid foundation for my future career development. For nurses who are pursuing careers as nursing specialists and leaders in the ever-changing healthcare industry, I highly recommend this programme, which nurtures in students the attributes essential to become an advanced practice nurse. 

CHAN Hiu Tung (Graduate of 2022)

I was a part-time student in the Master of Science in Nursing programme. The programme offers flexible study options that helped me manage my time and balance my study and work needs with my family and other personal commitments. My child was born during my studies. As I could adjust the pace of my learning, I was able to take care of my child while learning more about child health and maternal care.


The programme gave me new knowledge and skills, as well as valuable research experience. I am grateful to my mentor, who shared her research experience with me and gave me guidance on carrying out research, such as designing a study, writing a research proposal, and collecting and analysing data.  


Social unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic inevitably affected our learning, but the School of Nursing sought to minimise this adverse impact by offering alternative learning opportunities, such as online discussion. Thank you to PolyU for providing me with a seamless learning experience and preparing me to become an advanced practice nurse or nurse leader in the future.

SUN Yuk Fung (Graduate of 2021)

For full-time nurses who want to pursue further studies, PolyU’s Master of Science in Nursing is the very best choice. It provides flexible learning options that allow students to balance their work and study needs. An innovative teaching approach is used to engage students in interactive learning activities that optimise their learning outcomes. This programme prepares graduates for advanced nursing practice or leadership roles in nine specialised areas. Studying core subjects gave me new knowledge and nursing skills that strengthened my professional competence and thereby supported my career advancement. Elective subjects allowed me to explore areas I was particularly interested in.


The practicum gave me a unique opportunity to develop and implement a clinical project in my department. I wish to thank my mentor and clinical preceptor, who taught me how to apply research analytical techniques and leadership skills to successfully implement my project and thereby enhance nursing practice.

KWAN Hoi Wing (Graduate of 2021)
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate
  • ​Transcript of studies showing academic results of the nursing degree;
  • Graduation certificate of the nursing degree;
  • Certificate of Registration of the Nursing Council of Hong Kong; and
  • Practising Certificate of the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.
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