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 currently open for 2018-2019 cycle. The last date to submit the application is May 28, 2018. Candidates are required to apply online. For assistance in completing the online application form, applicants are​ advised to go through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Understand the Online Process

Only in situations where the online application is not accessible, candidates may request for a paper based application form by emailing at postgrad.query@aku.eduThe last date for acceptance of application is ​May 28, 2018​​.​

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who have completed 16 years of education may apply. University eligibility criteria for application to the MScN programme are:


  • Higher Secondary School Certificate (Pre-Medical)

  • Successful completion of 4-year Generic BScN programme

  • Two years of clinical experience including one year Internship in a hospital

  • Valid Registration with Pakistan Nursing Council or equivalent.


  • ​Secondary School Certificate (Science Group – with Biology)

  • Three-year General Nursing Diploma i.e.​ RN

  • One-year Midwifery Diploma or Post Basic Specialty Diploma

  • Completion of three compulsory courses i.e. English, Islamic and Pakistan Studies  at BSc level 

  • Two-year Post-RN BScN degree with a minimum of 60 credit hours

  • Two years of clinical experience

  • Valid Registration with Pakistan Nursing Council or equivalent

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

For further information please review the Pr​ogramme Information Booklet​ and How to​ Apply​​ page. You can also reach us via the following contact details:

Graduate Programme Admission Office
Office of the Registrar
Aga Khan University 
(School of Nursing and Midwifery Building) ​
Stadium Road, Karachi 74800
Tel: +92 21 3486 4537​ / 5456