Nursing Science (Master)

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Graduates of the master’s programme in Nursing Science have acquired a profound understanding of nursing science, based on the basic principles of nursing, social theory, philosophy of science and ethics. They have knowledge of theories and research, particularly from the perspectives of “living with a disease” and “nursing interventions”, as well as the ability to academically deal with issues in these areas. They have necessary skills and competences in the area of research methodology, enabling them to apply both quantitative and qualitative methods. Moreover, they are able to analyse, critically assess and systematically summarise (in systematic reviews) international academic literature. Graduates also know models of knowledge transfer in nursing care and their practical application in terms of evidence-based practice and have a thorough understanding of processes in nursing care. In addition, they have developed expertise on assessments in nursing care and outcome assessments, as well as the ability to assess these tools from a methodological and theoretical perspective.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 330

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 28.12.2022

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Admission Procedure

Information about the admission procedure

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Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of modules on the following subjects: A group of compulsory modules on theoretical foundations (introduction to nursing science, basics of nursing science), a group of compulsory modules on research and methodology (research methods), a group of compulsory modules on theory and methodology (living with a disease, nursing diagnosis and nursing intervention), a group of compulsory modules on research and its application (research lab, transfer of research into practice), a compulsory elective module, and a compulsory master’s module. In addition, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Disease
  • Diagnosis
  • Phenomenology
  • Nursing interventions
  • Transdisciplinary

...and many more. 

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

The master’s programme in Nursing Science enables graduates to independently plan, organise, implement and evaluate nursing science projects as well as projects that aim at implementing relevant research findings. Beyond the limits of research, students will acquire comprehensive expertise that qualifies them to also work in other academic fields of nursing science.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 1.8 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.6 (high)

→ These results are based on feedback from 17 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master's programme in Nursing Science graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 71% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,806 gross/month.
  • 19% of graduates work in the human health activities sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "Diploma Programme Nursing Sciences".