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Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

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Overview

Transform the world of healthcare and enhance your career. Available to high-achieving students, this program provides the opportunity to pursue an independent research project in an area of your interest. Cultivate sophisticated critical thinking skills alongside specialist knowledge as you design and complete a supervised thesis.

As an honours student, you will become part of a thriving community of world-class researchers within the Sydney Nursing School as you develop the expertise and practical skills to produce a written thesis of 10,000-15,000 words. An additional year of study, the honours program is available to meritorious students who have completed a Bachelor of Nursing qualification.

Undertaking an additional year of honours is a unique opportunity to enhance your critical thinking skills, broaden your career options, and actively improve nursing practice and the lives of patients.

Learn more about honours with the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

Who is honours for?

The program is designed for students who have successfully completed a Bachelor of Nursing and are looking to enhance their critical thinking skills. It allows students to investigate an idea that can improve the practice of nursing and the lives of patients, and opens the door to future research.

Subject areas

There are no majors for this course.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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What you'll study

The degree combines coursework with students' own research project. The coursework involves units of study relating to research methods and the preparation of the thesis (approximately 15,000 words).

You will complete four units of study in which you will develop an understanding of research design and methodology, including data collection and analysis techniques, and the ethical considerations involved in undertaking research. You will work with a supervisor who helps guide your project and assists in formulating a research question, study design, ethics submissions, collecting results, and the writing and publishing of your work.

You will also be invited to present to your peers in at least one research forum throughout the year, enabling you to further develop and refine your work.

Research workshops are run in February as well as throughout Semester 1.  

A variety of guest speakers with expertise in a range of research areas will present during these workshops.

Supervisors

Honours students work with a supervisor who assists them throughout their study. The supervisor helps guide the project, and assists in formulating a research question, study design, ethics submissions, collecting results and writing and publishing of work.

Units of study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Year Sem  Units of study 
1 1 Honours semester one
  2 Honours semester two

Admission criteria

Applications to the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) are open to applicants who are considered by Sydney Nursing School to have the requisite knowledge and aptitude to undertake the course. Applicants are expected to have completed their Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Sydney or from an equivalent university with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65.

The academic criteria that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for this course. 

Graduate opportunities

Graduates can select from a wide and growing range of practice areas in the public and private health care systems including:

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Children’s hospitals
  • Trauma and emergency care
  • Mental health nursing
  • Aged care
  • Community nursing
  • Palliative care
  • Home care nursing
  • Drug and alcohol centres
  • Operating rooms and other surgical settings
  • Rural and remote nursing
  • International health

Nurses also work in the pharmaceutical industry, clinical research trials and other health-related fields.

Future study options

The University of Sydney is a research-intensive university. The Faculty of Medicine and Health and Sydney Nursing School are committed to research that improves patient outcomes and experiences. 

Graduates of the honours program can go onto study the Master of Philosophy (Nursing) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing).

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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