Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours)

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Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours)


Program summary

Combine clinical practice with contemporary health research.

Pursue your passion for health care and develop your scientific knowledge of bioscience, anatomy and physiology, mental health, medical management and leadership research by enrolling in the Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours) program.

This program has a strong focus on clinical practice and allows you to research contemporary health issues. You’ll develop your research capabilities, learning how to assess and analyse practice issues and find information to solve problems in your work or educational context. For your research project, you can choose a health care topic that sparks your interest. Your topic may even link to your workplace, allowing you to target a population of interest to you.

At USC, you can develop a supportive one-on-one relationship with your supervisors and immerse yourself in an environment of quality research. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in collaborative research in the NURTURE Research Cluster with experts in three main fields: Maternal and Child Health, Acute and Complex Care of Adults, and Health Professional Education. USC’s research in Nursing is rated well above world standard in the Australian Research Council’s 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report.

Our program is designed to support your transition from a Registered Nurse’s role to professional roles, academia or further study. You’ll complete a professional internship to gain practical experience and it could even help you secure a job at the end of your degree.

The opening of a new public hospital in 2016 presents tremendous job opportunities, or consider further research such as the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) or Doctor of Philosophy.

Admission requirements

Students will have satisfied the requirements for the award of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing Science award (or equivalent), be registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), met the English language requirement and have demonstrated a high level of achievement evidenced by a GPA of 5.0 over the second and third year of the degree program.

Career opportunities

Registered Nurse in a wide range of practice contexts and roles including nurse researcher. As a first step to an academic career pathway.


Graduates would be eligible to apply for membership to the Australian College of Nursing.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

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Program structure

Coursework component (4)

NUR709 Professional Internship
NUR713 Independent Study
NUR721 Research in Health Care

PLUS select 1 course from:

HLT701 Qualitative Research: Approaches and Practice
HLT702 Simulation in Practice Education
NUR705 Responding in the Emergency Context
NUR707 Global Emergency Issues
NUR722 Assessment in Mental Health
NUR751 Advanced Health Assessment
PUB708 Quantitative Research Methods

Research component (4)

NUR731A Research Project A
NUR731B Research Project B
NUR731C Research Project C
NUR731F Research Project F

Classes of honours

The degree will be awarded in one of the three classes:

  • Class 1
  • Class 2 (awarded as Division 1 or Division 2)
  • Class 3

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 96

Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Browse the Honours projects available to study
  2. Make an appointment with the Honours Coordinator within the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering to discuss your potential research topic and the availability of suitable supervisors.
  3. Download the Application for Honours program form
  4. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
More information

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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