Deepen your understanding of the critical role health research plays in advancing health services by studying research methods, reviewing scientific literature, and writing a thesis in your honours year.

  • The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) is a one-year program where you'll learn how to plan and write a thesis that addresses a specific research question or a health-related topic.
  • Push the boundaries of the discipline and develop your independence, self-reliance and skills in critical and analytical thinking, research, writing and problem-solving.
  • Complete coursework that will help you develop your thesis. Coursework will teach you how to identify, analyse and synthesise relevant scientific literature, along with the variety of research methods used in health research.
  • Graduate with a respected honours qualification, with developed knowledge and skills that will set you apart in the jobs market, prove your leadership material, and provide a pathway to future research or learning.

If you're looking to be a respected leader in your field, advance the boundaries of human knowledge and develop specialised competence and expertise, the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) is for you.

  • In the classroom

    Work closely with experts

    During your honours year, you'll work closely with internationally respected researchers and academics who will guide your studies. Students also undertake coursework in small and supportive groups, which facilitates more in-depth class discussions.

  • Employability

    Be a leader

    When you graduate with a UQ honours qualification, you'll have the skills and knowledge to stand out as a leader in your field. Many of our honours graduates continue their passion for research and knowledge by pursuing further postgraduate studies.

  • Professional experience

    Build a professional reputation

    It's possible the thesis you write will be publishable and make a significant contribution to the field. This means your research might also establish your professional reputation – and act as a gateway for future research or industry jobs.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    This program is taught through the Faculty of Medicine, which has the largest selection of medical programs in Australia. UQ was also ranked 32nd in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2017 QS World University Rankings.

Career outcomes

Whether you undertake an honours year to extend your undergraduate education, or to begin a career in research, our graduates have a distinct advantage when applying for professional roles.

Graduates can use their qualifications to distinguish themselves in the jobs market, or as a stepping stone to careers in research, whether in industry or academia.

Students who earn Class I or Class IIA Honours also qualify for most PhD programs across Australia and some internationally, including programs in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Our honours graduates have also found employment at high-levels, both in Australia and internationally, in fields including:

  • Public health
  • Health promotion
  • Community health
  • Health services
  • Hospital health information
  • Community nutrition
  • Research

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

Summary

  • Program code
    2253
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    Herston
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

A degree relevant to the area of research to be pursued, completed with a GPA of at least 5.0.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Honours

Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

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