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Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours)

Pursue a passion for health care in an honours program that boasts a strong focus on clinical practice. As part of this degree, you’ll develop research capabilities through coursework and undertake a research project where you’ll investigate a contemporary health issue that sparks your interest. Explore 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



1 year 1 year Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$5,003 - 2024 Fees CSP


  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Career opportunities

  • Academic career
  • Nurse researcher
  • Registered nurse in a wide range of contexts


Graduates may be eligible to become members of:

  • Australian College of Nursing

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning, Online
Total courses
Total units
1 year 1 year
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure
Coursework component (4) 48 units

NUR713 Independent Study
NUR721 Research in Health Care
HLT701 Qualitative Research: Approaches and Practice
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

Additional requirements

The class of Honours to be awarded to a student is dependent upon:

  • the percentage results achieved by study in eight courses as specified in the table below;
  • the student achieving at least 50% in NUR731F Research Project.

UniSC courses

HLT701 Qualitative Research: Approaches and Practice

NUR713 Independent Study

NUR721 Research in Health Care

NUR731A Research Project A

NUR731B Research Project B

NUR731C Research Project C

NUR731F Research Project F

PUB708 Quantitative Research Methods

A student must complete a minimum of 8 courses in the table, including the research project, for an honours grade to be awarded.

The minimum levels of achievement normally required for each class of honours are shown in the following table.

Honours results classification

Overall Percentage attained in Specified Courses *

Honours Class I

80% - 100%

Honours Class IIA

70% - 79%

Honours Class IIB

60% - 69%

Honours Class III

50% - 59%

* The percentage result shall be rounded up if ≥ 0.5 or rounded down if < 0.5.

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

Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

  • 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
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.

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a UniSC degree based on your potential to succeed, under UniSC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$5,003 - 2024 Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to UniSC.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

Collaborate with experienced researchers
Become a member of the Australian College of Nursing

Student story

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