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Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) - 672AA

Course Code: 672AA
Course Version: 4
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Nursing
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

It’s time to stand out and be recognised.

If you have a Bachelor of Nursing degree with a Credit or higher average; are a clinical thinker, innovator and not afraid to back your ideas with clearly researched and articulated arguments, then this one-year honours degree is your chance to get noticed.

The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) course is designed to expand your nursing knowledge and encourage you to use quantifiable research and fact-based evidence to develop new, more effective nursing practice solutions.

In preparation for this research project, you’ll undertake two coursework units which will give you a solid foundation of research theory and practice, before choosing a topic of interest to explore.

Once selected, you’ll investigate a real-world clinical nursing issue using evidence-based inquiry, a literature review and a research plan, before collecting the data, analysing it and then interpreting your results - before presenting your argument and ideas in thesis form.

If you’re keen to continue down the nursing postgraduate study path, this course offers an excellent foundation for UC’s Master of Nursing (Research) and the Professional Doctorate in Nurse Practitioner (Research) degrees.

Study a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) at UC and you will:

  • learn of academic study and research practices   
  • design and develop a research topic of your choice
  • generate research evidence with the potential to influence industry practices
  • work with the professional nursing community and industry experts
  • benefit from UC’s unique and comprehensive system of industry contacts
  • benefit from UC’s leadership position and understanding of governance in the health sector
  • gain a globally recognised and respected qualification
  • stand out from the competition.

Informing/Extending practice

As part of your thesis, you’ll be encouraged to identify a real-life clinical problem in nursing and undertake project-specific research to develop a more pro-active effective, user-friendly and ethically compliant solution.

You’ll also work closely with and alongside many of UC’s nursing specialists’ and industry leaders who will help inspire, mentor and guide your work along the way.

During this course you’ll also be invited to take part in seminars, workshops and conferences run by the Faculty of Health, to collectively disseminate cutting-edge research and collaboratively develop innovative approaches to complex challenges in the health sector.

Career opportunities

As an Australian Registered Nurse with an honours degree you’ll have the necessary qualifications to pursue a nursing career in any direction of your choice including:

  • clinical research nurse
  • nurse researcher
  • clinical nurse specialist
  • clinical nurse educator
  • nurse administrator
  • advance practice nurse
  • nurse unit manager
  • clinical nurse consultant
  • nurse academic

Course-specific information

Applicants must have a completed Bachelor of Nursing with a Credit, or higher average, to be considered for this course.

An Honours Supplementary Application form must be completed, which can be found at:
Students may be required to undergo a Police Record Check prior to undertaking clinical research.


Prospective Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Current and Commencing Students

Admission Requirements

A completed Bachelor of Nursing with a credit or higher average.

An Honours Supplementary Form must be completed as part of your application. This form can be found at:

Assumed Knowledge


Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International


The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) are required to undergo a Police Record Check prior to undertaking clinical experience.

Professional Accreditation


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Demonstrate advanced clinical problem-solving skills utilising evidence-based inquiry. - Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- Evaluate and adopt new technology.
Critically appraise and evaluate contemporary evidence in a selected clinical context. - Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
Adapt the process of evidence-based inquiry in varied contexts and identify a problem area for further investigation. - Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- Think globally about issues in their profession;
Systematically collect and analyse evidence to address an identified problem in an ethical and responsible manner. - Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.
- Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
Utilise advanced communication skills to translate the outcomes of the evidence-based inquiry process and articulate the clinical implications of the evidence evaluated. - Communicate effectively;
- Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;

Course Duration

Standard two semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum four semesters part-time


Please refer to course handbook for details of requirements for honours and honours grading.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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