Honours Degree of Bachelor of Nursing

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3BH019
CRICOS 068884G

Turn high-achieving into a higher degree

There are many reasons we encourage graduates to apply for an honours year. You might want to build a necessary foundation for entry into postgraduate research. You could be seeking answers to questions no one is asking in the nursing world. Perhaps you’re pursuing advanced communication skills and subject knowledge to gain a competitive edge in the health sector.

What will you do?

  • Attend regular classes for advanced coursework.
  • Conduct a research project on a topic within the field of nursing.
  • Partner with an academic who’ll supervise your research.
  • Produce an extended research report for publication.

Graduates who gain a first division honours can apply directly for PhD study. 

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Admissions information

    SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au
    Intake February
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree with a GPA of 5.0 or better.

    For students with a GPA below 5.0, the University requirement can be waived with support from the supervisor and Honours coordinator. Any recommendation to approve a waiver of the grade requirement requires approval from the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic).

    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 068884G
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Graduate entry only.
    International Qualifications A completed Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $5,350

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $35,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Nurse Researcher, Registered Nurse, Nurse

  • Degree Structure

    To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), students must satisfactorily complete a program of study of not less than 24 units. Students complete 3 units each in the courses Nursing Research Literacy and Nursing Systematic Reviews of Research, and a supervised Research Project of 18 units.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Core Course
    NURSING 4301 Honours Nursing Systematic Review of Research
    NURSING 4300 Honours Nursing Literacy

    Research Project
    NURSING 4200A/B Research Project

    In the case of a part-time enrolment the following courses must be completed in two consecutive years:
    NURSING 4210A Research Project Part-Time Continuing
    NURSING 4210B Research Project Part-Time Final


    A range of assessment activities involving essays, critiques and quizzes and a series of research activities, including a research proposal and a paper suitable for publication.

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Last updated: Monday, 1 Jun 2020