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

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Coursework component (4) 48 units

NUR709 Professional Internship
NUR713 Independent Study
NUR721 Research in Health Care

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

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

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.

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) 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?
Domestic students
  1. 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.
  2. Download the Application for Honours program form
  3. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
More information

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).

Continuing students

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.

Need assistance?

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.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling in askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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