Honours Degree of Bachelor of Nursing

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. 

This degree is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required.  if you are a continuing student in the degree and are unable to attend campus, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.

  • Australia's #1 nursing degree for overall experience^
  • 16% industry growth predicted by 2025*
  • Gain a competitive career edge

^Good Universities Guide, 2021
*Imip.gov.au, Occupation Prediction

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. 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.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 3BH019, 3BH064
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Selection Criteria
Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor degree with a GPA of 5.0 or better. Applicants must first find a supervisor and project opportunity, and submit an Expression of Interest. You can find more information about our Honours programs, projects, and the application process here: https://health.adelaide.edu.au/our-research/honours-and-higher-degrees-by-research
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How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3BH019, 3BH064

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $4,125

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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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. 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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The nursing degree is great as it's very hands-on. Simulation makes it much easier to go on placement - you know exactly what to do because you've practised it already.

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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Sep 2022