Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) at The University of Newcastle, Australia

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in nursing, students can pursue an honors degree by continuing their studies for an extra year (or an equivalent period of time part-time). The goal of the honours degree is to increase students' knowledge of research and theory development through the completion of a research project in a chosen field of nursing. It is intended for licensed registered nurses who desire to prepare for leadership positions in nursing practice, research, and education as well as for further academic pursuits.

Description



After graduating with a bachelor's degree in nursing, students can pursue an honors degree by continuing their studies for an extra year (or an equivalent period of time part-time). The goal of the honours degree is to increase students' knowledge of research and theory development through the completion of a research project in a chosen field of nursing. It is intended for licensed registered nurses who desire to prepare for leadership positions in nursing practice, research, and education as well as for further academic pursuits.


As a registered nurse, you will provide high-quality healthcare to individuals, families, and communities while working in a dynamic and diversified medical environment. As one of Australia's most valued professions, nurses contribute significantly to the health and wellbeing of the community in every health care system. 


Besides that, nurses work in a variety of settings and provide great care to individuals, families, and communities. Their workforce is highly employable both domestically and internationally. Whatever career path you choose as a registered nurse, you can be sure that you'll be contributing significantly and worthwhile to society if you have a Bachelor of Nursing.

What you will study

Program Structure

The Bachelor of Nursing (Honors) is a full-time or equivalent part-time degree lasting one year that aims to assist students in conducting research in a selected nursing specialty as well as to broaden their knowledge and theoretical development skills. A student serves as the appointed research supervisor. They meet with their supervisor every two weeks at the start of their program. Meetings with their supervisor will become less frequent as the program progresses. The curriculum also includes one or two in-person courses, depending on enrollment.


The following fields of study provide courses that cover nursing theory and practice:

  • Lifespan approach

  • Bioscience

  • Pharmacology

  • Community health

  • Acute care

  • Medical and surgical nursing

  • Mental health

  • Indigenous health

  • Health promotion and education

  • Child and adolescent health

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully finish the program will have:


  1. Demonstrated understanding of the underlying philosophies and moral issues that underpin the body of knowledge in the nursing field.

  1. Understanding of the many different ways to do research that can be used to study the field of nursing.

  1. Capability to design, organize, and conduct a specific piece of scholarly research pertaining to a nursing practice area.

  1. Critically analyzed nursing research in the delivery of healthcare to individuals, families, groups, and communities.

  1. Demonstrated an openness to innovative ideas and unorthodox criticisms of conventional wisdom.

  1. The application of previously gained information to newly encountered challenges.

  1. Advanced knowledge by collaborating with others.

  1. Strong ethical standards, relevant professional knowledge, and proven competence in the area are all essential for success in this industry.


Career Opportunities

You can pursue a profession as a nurse in places like:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Clinical Nurse Consultant

  • Nurse Educator

  • Nurse Manager

  • Nurse Practitioner

  • Nurse Researcher

Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Candidates must have a grade point average of 5.0 or higher and a bachelor's degree in nursing or an equivalent.

  • Mathematics Standard 2, 

  • Chemistry and/or Biology, any 2 units of English.

  • Year 12 or equivalent

English Language Requirements

The minimum English language competence requirement for applicants to this program is an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with no subtest score below 7.0.

Tuition Fee  

  • AUD 37,450 (indicative annual fee, 2022)

Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units)

$36,870
  • Level
    Bachelor Honours
  • Delivery
    On Campus
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Application Fee
    None
  • Intake
    February
  • Language Test Score
    IELTS, TOEFL, PTE
  • Scholarship
    $15,000 per year