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Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)
Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

  • ID:GU610118
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

The criteria for admission to this Honours program are:

  • successful completion of a Bachelor of Nursing or an equivalent qualification and
  • GPA of at least 5.0 over the second and third years of the Bachelor degree.

The Program Director will take the following into consideration when assessing applications for admission:

  • the suitability of the proposed dissertation topic, the resources available to support the candidature and the availability of appropriate supervision and
  • the preparedness of the applicant to undertake the degree in terms of the elapsed time since the prospective candidate qualified for the award of a Bachelor degree and the academic preparation provided by the Bachelor degree for the candidate's proposed dissertation topic.

English Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 7.0 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.5
  • OR no score less than 4 in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR an overall score of 65 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 58
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum scores in each section of the test: 24 for listening | 24 for reading | 27 for writing | 23 for speaking.

Note: We will only accept TOEFL results from one test sitting OR a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if the following criteria are met:

  • A minimum total score of 94 is achieved in each sitting and the applicant achieves a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking across the two sittings and no score in any of the sections is below: 20 for listening | 19 for reading | 24 for writing | 20 for speaking.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Course Information

To be awarded a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) degree, one additional year of study is required following the successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing.

Graduates of Griffith University's Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) degree have a competitive edge as they are equipped with practical skills, experience and attributes that employers value, coupled with highly developed research capabilities. 

Offered by Griffith University's School of Nursing and Midwifery, our Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) will give you an opportunity to undertake advanced study and supervised research work.

You'll complete coursework and a research preparation course in your first trimester and complete a dissertation in your second trimester.


Through the 30-credit point coursework component of the Honours program, you'll gain an understanding of how to critically evaluate research. You'll also develop your knowledge of statistical analysis techniques as applied to scientific research and gain an awareness of how research proposals should be designed.


Through the 50-credit point dissertation component, you'll conduct research on a specific project and complete a seminar and dissertation describing the research in detail.

You will be required to find a suitable supervisor for your research project prior to submitting your application for admission into the honours program.


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Students must complete the following courses:

  • Foundations of Research Inquiry - 7001HSV (see Note 1) (Tri 3 online only)

  • Qualitative Research - 7018NRS (see Note 2)


  • Quantitative Research - 6002HLS (see Note 2)


  • Applied Research Statistics and Meta-Analysis - 6005MED


  • Advanced Research Statistics - 6003MED (see Note 2) (not offered from 2021)

  • Listed elective (see Note 3)

  • Dissertation 1 - 6000NRS_P1

  • Dissertation 2 - 6000NRS_P2

  • Dissertation 3 - 6000NRS_P3

  • Dissertation 4 - 6000NRS_P4

  • Dissertation 5 - 6000NRS_P5

Note 1: 7001HSV Foundations of Research Inquiry must be completed in your first trimester of study.

Note 2: As approved by the Program Director.

Note 3: An alternative elective course may be substituted with approval from the Program Director in consultation with student and students' supervisor.

Listed Electives

Students must complete 10 credit points from the following courses:

  • Advanced Studies in Health Sciences - 6001MSC

  • Applied Research Statistics and Meta-Analysis - 6005MED

  • Advanced Research Statistics - 6003MED (not offered from 2021)

  • Research Evidence and Practice - 7021NRS (see Note 1) (not offered from 2021)

  • Epidemiology: Principles and Practices - 7312MED

  • Independent Study - 6004HLS (not offered from T2-2019)

  • Independent Practice Project - 7103NRS

  • Qualitative Research - 7018NRS

  • Quantitative Research - 6002HLS

  • Clinical Trials - Principles and Practice - 6005PHM

Note 1: Students must have successfully completed either 6001HLS Dissertation Preparation or 7001HSV Foundations of Research Inquiry prior to enrolling in 7021NRS Research Evidence and Practice.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

As a graduate, you will be able to plan and conduct research in nursing and related health disciplines, and will be well-placed for positions in the private, not for profit, and public sectors.

You will find opportunities in hospitals, in the community, and in urban and rural settings. Nursing graduates are employed in a range of occupations and industries. As well as hospitals, medical centres, community health clinics and aged care centres, you'll be prepared for work in schools, the travel industry, with drug and alcohol service providers, in sporting clubs or in research organisations.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 609 ($) AUD per year

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