MScN Programme

Master of Science in Nursing

The Aga Khan University School of ​​​Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM) offers a 63 credit Master of Science in Nursing programme. Students can participate in this programme in a full-time or part-time capacity. The completion time of the programme is two years for full-time students and five years for part-time students. Moreover, students can get up to six elective credits, completed earlier from other universities as special courses, transferred to this programme. However, the respective courses should be graduate level courses; Higher Education Commission (HEC) accredited, and would require approval from the AKU-SONAM Graduate Nursing Committee.

The programme examines nursing practice in both rural and urban settings. It prepares nurses to take on leadership roles in their profession in areas of education, administration, research and clinical practice. This is done by enabling students work with individuals, families and communities, using existing theories and research findings. This allows them to develop innovative and practical solutions for complex health care problems. Moreover, participation of international candidates, from Kenya, Syria and Egypt, in the programme plays a vital role in enhancing classroom discussions. Students select their specialty area of advanced practice as per their interest and needs.

The objectives of the programme address the six domains of practice for advanced practice nurses:

I. Management of Client Health/ Illness Status

  • Demonstrate advance role preparation in caring for populations by applying theory and research to complex health problems.
  • Demonstrate competency in ensuring the continuity of care for individuals, families and communities.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence in a variety of practice settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to promote health and prevent illness of individuals, families and communities.

II. Monitoring and Ensuring the Quality of Health Care Practices

  • Critically evaluate knowledge received from the theories, concepts and principles of nursing, humanities and sciences, in order to establish standards for advanced nursing practice.
  • Formulate and evaluate standards for individuals, families and communities with limited resources (financial, human and material).

III. Managing and Negotiating Health Care Delivery Systems

  • Influence policies while managing the care of individuals, families and communities within the existing health care system.

IV. Professional Role

  • Contribute to nursing knowledge throughout the region by conducting and utilising research.
  • Engage in professional activities of benefit to the profession and community.

V. Teaching/Coaching Function

  • Demonstrate effectiveness as a teacher, using individual and group models to promote learning.

VI. Collaborating/Consulting Role

  • Collaborate with individuals and groups to analyse their health needs and options for addressing these needs.
  • Initiate the development of leadership and collaboration skills related to social, political and ethical issues, to enhance health care throughout the region.

Programme Structure

Applicants may enroll in the programme as full-time (two years) or part-time students. Applications for part-time studies will be considered on an individual basis. Part-time students will be required to complete the programme within a maximum of five years.

Potential Timeline for Full-time Student​s

​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Course #​
Credits hours ​
Course name ​
NU 541 ​
3 credits ​
Theoretical Basis of Nursing ​
*NU / CHS 592 ​
3 credits ​
Fundamentals of Biostatistics ​
EN 511 ​
2 credits ​
Academic Writing ​
3 credits ​
Elective ​
​ Total Credits = 11​ ​
January - April
​ ​ ​
NU 593 ​
4 credits ​
Nursing Research [Qualitative & Quantitative] ​
NU 542​
3 credits ​
Ethics in Health Care ​
NU 551​
3 credits ​
Leadership & Management in Nursing Practice​
​Total Credits = 10 ​ ​ ​
April - July
​ ​ ​ ​
NU 561 ​
4 credits ​
Educational Design & Administration ​
NU 543/544​
5 credits ​
Pathophysiology/ Pharmacology for Advanced Practice ​
3 credits ​
Thesis I [Proposal Development] ​
EN 512​
2 credits ​
Scholarly Writing (Thesis Tutorial) ​
​ Total Credits = 14 ​ ​
​ ​ ​ ​
NU 644​
3 credits ​
Advanced Health Assessment ​
NU 645​
3 credits ​
Advanced Theoretical Concepts in Clinical Care​
NU 671​
3 credits ​
Advanced Theoretical Concepts in Public/ Community Health Nursing ​
NU 594​
Pass / fail
Research Seminar ​
​Total Credits = 9​
January - April
NU 646/NU 672​
8 credits​
Advanced Specialty Practicum in:
1. NU 552 Leadership & Management
2. NU 562 Education
3. NU 646/672 Clinical / Community
​**EL ​
3 credits ​
Elective ​
​ ​ ​ ​Total Credits = 11
April -July
NU 697​
4 credits ​
Thesis II ​
​Total Credits = 4
July - September
NU 697 ​
4 credits​
Thesis III
***EN 512​
Scholarly Writing (Thesis Tutorial)​
Total Credits =4​
​ ​Total Programme Credits - 63 ​
* Course offered with the Medical college- Community Health Services department of AKU.

** Electives can be taken anytime during the two-year programme. Number will be assigned depending upon the course chosen for the electives.
*** EN 512 in the last term is related to the same course in term III, with no additional credits in the last term.
The above curriculum is subject to change​ as per the decision of the Graduate Nursing Committee and the Board of Graduate Studies​ ​ ​ ​