Research plays an important role in improving the safety and quality of care. During your honours year you’ll deepen your understanding of nursing practice by studying research methods, reviewing scientific literature, and writing a thesis.

  • The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) is a one-year program where you’ll learn how to plan and conduct research that addresses a scientific research question.
  • Push the boundaries of the discipline and develop your independence, self-reliance and skills in critical and analytical thinking, research, writing and problem-solving.
  • Individual mentoring by experienced researchers will help develop your research skills. This program is designed to teach you how to identify, analyse and synthesise scientific literature, along with a 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 leader in health, advance the boundaries of human knowledge and develop specialised competence and expertise, the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) is the program for you.

  • In the classroom

    Research centres

    Nursing honours students have the option of being supervised by academics from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, or from other UQ schools, research centres and partner organisations. This means you can bring different disciplines together and explore a wider range of ideas.

  • 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, supportive groups, which facilitates more in-depth class discussions.

  • Employability

    Build a professional reputation

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

  • Fast Facts

    Study when it suits you

    The honours year in nursing is available part-time, so you can keep up with your personal or professional responsibilities. Several of our students work full-time and enrol in honours with the aim of moving into policy, research or administration areas of healthcare.

  • 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.

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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.

Our honours graduates have found employment in a range of different public and private healthcare settings, maternity and neonatal care settings, teaching and research centres, rural and remote health clinics, and aid organisations.

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.

Many employers value the advanced content knowledge, the ability to work independently, and the ability to write clear and substantial reports that honours-level study develops.

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.

Summary

  • Program code
    2243
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

A Bachelor of Nursing from this institution with a GPA of 5.

Or an approved degree and satisfy the Executive Dean that the applicant is suitably qualified to undertake honours, who may be subject to the completion of additional work if set by the Executive Dean.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Nursing (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 Nursing (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 Nursing (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

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