Learn to research health issues in a clinical setting
Pursue your passion for health care in this honours program that has a strong focus on clinical practice. As part of this degree, you’ll develop your research capabilities through coursework and undertake a research project where you’ll learn more about a contemporary health issue that sparks your interest.
There are opportunities to collaborate with experienced researchers in fields such as maternal and child health, acute and complex care of adults and health professional education.
Our program is designed to help you transition from being a registered nurse to an academic or professional role.
In this program you will:
- Undertake a research project of your choice
- Develop knowledge of research in health care and selected research methodologies and methods
- Learn about health care and research from experienced supervisors working in the industry
- AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing Science award (or equivalent)
- Registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
- English language requirements
- GPA of 5.0 over the second and third year of the degree program
- Registered nurse in a wide range of practice contexts and roles
- Nurse researcher
- Academic career pathway
Graduates are eligible to become members of:
- Australian College of Nursing
Application and admission advice
Contact Student Central
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What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Coursework component (4) 48 units
PLUS select 1 course (12 units) 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) 48 units
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
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm you meet the English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- 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.
- Download the Application for Honours program form
- Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
How to enrol
New to USC?
Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.