The Programme​​

The Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) programme, first of its kind in Pakistan, is a two-year programme that prepares advanced practice nurses who will develop innovative, practical solutions to complex health problems from a scientific perspective. 

Nursing practice in both rural and urban areas will be emphasized with the student selecting their specialty areas of advanced practice. 

Admissions are open for 2020-2021 admission cycle​. The last date to submit the application is June 17​, 2020​ by 5:00 pm (Pakistan Standard Time).​

Candidates are required to apply online. For assistance in completing the online application, applicants are advised to go through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or Understand the Online Process​.​​

​Programme ​Objectives​​

At the completion of the programme graduates are expected to be able to:

  • Apply contemporary knowledge from different sources and the best available evidence for professional decision-making and during practice

  • Apply critical and reflective thinking skills, as well as a systems approach to problem-solving and professional decision-making

  • Demonstrate the ability to translate and use meaningful research findings

  • Engage in effective ethical decision-making with respect to own practice area (e.g. clinical, education, leadership and management), or where ethical issues affect the broader health care team

  • Maintain confidentiality as necessary. Communicate clear, consistent and accurate information verbally, in written or electronic forms and in a manner sensitive to the context

  • Use advanced communication and interpersonal skills in professional work

  • Work collaboratively with other professionals in health care to enhance the quality practice and services offered

  • Articulate, promote and advocate for nursing professional development in general and the specialist role in particular, in the clinical, political and professional contexts

  • Contribute to knowledge and practice through identifying and conducting supervised research

  • Demonstrate leadership and management (planning, organizing, collaboration, delegation, problem-solving, human and material resources etc.) and policy development skills​

Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for the MScN programme, candidate must have completed 16 years of education and meet requirements from one of the following routes:

  • Higher Secondary School Certificate (Pre-medical)
  • Successful completion of 4-year Generic BScN programme
  • 2 years of clinical experience including 1-year Internship in a hospital
  • Valid Registration with the Pakistan Nursing Council or equivalent.
  • Secondary School Certificate
  • 3-year General Nursing Diploma (RN)
  • 1-year Midwifery Diploma or Post Basic Speciality Diploma
  • Completion of 3 compulsory courses, i.e. English, Islamic Studies and Pakistan Studies, at the BA / BSc level
  • 2-year Post-RN BScN Degree with a minimum of 60 credit hours
  • 2 years of clinical experience
  • Valid Registration with the Pakistan Nursing Council or equivalent
  • ​Equivalence certificate of completion of 16 years of qualification in Pakistan from the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan

For further information please go through the Pr​ogramme Information Booklet​ and / or programme page. You can also reach us via the following contact details:

Office of the Registrar​​​
School of Nursing and Midwifery​
Aga Khan University
Stadium Road, Karachi 74800
Tel: +92 21 3486 5535 / 5406