Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Approved Abbreviation: BN(Hons)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4529.1

CRICOS Code: 044794G

Course Status: INACTIVE
This version of the course is no longer offered. Please use the course search to find courses currently available.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course was 2002 to 2007.

This program is designed for graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing degree and other similar degrees. Successful completion of the program will provide students with a sound basis for subsequent research within their own work environments as well as enabling them to progress to higher researcher-related programs.

This program provides an opportunity for students, under guidance, to plan and implement a research project in the area of nursing practice. Knowledge and experience gained by students through completing this program will contribute to the knowledge base for nursing practice.

The program of study combines a research project with course work. The course work, undertaken during the first semester of enrolment, comprises two units of study. The remainder of the program is devoted to completion of a research project and the preparation of a thesis.

This program can be undertaken concurrently with any new graduate transitional program offered by various hospitals.

Study Mode
The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) is a further one year full-time or two years part-time study following the successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing program or equivalent. This course does not require regular attendance in any particular UWS campus.

Course Advice

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CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeExternalEsther Chang
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeMulti ModalEsther Chang

Advanced standing

The University recognises that knowledge, skills and understanding can be acquired from a wide range of formal and informal learning experiences. The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) program is consistent with the University’s policy on recognition of prior learning and advanced standing.


The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) degree is a second award as nursing students must satisfy the requirements for State registration as a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s pass before proceeding into an Honours program.

Applicants must have obtained a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5 (Credit level) or better throughout their Bachelor of Nursing course or a GPA of 5.75 or better in the final year of their Bachelor of Nursing (pass) degree. This criterion ensures that candidates are capable of achieving the high standards required for BN (Hons) studies. In addition, applicants must have completed at least 20 credit points of research or equivalent at an undergraduate level.

International applicants should contact International Office for details on admission. Contact information for the International Office is available via the UWS website.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
To be enrolled in this course you must comply with the Occupational Screening and Vaccination Policy of NSW Health at course commencement.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

400200Applied Nursing Research
400202Nursing Honours Thesis A (Full-time)
400201Readings and Methodology

Spring session

400203Nursing Honours Thesis B (Full-time)


Year 1

Autumn session

400200Applied Nursing Research
400201Readings and Methodology

Session 2H

400204Nursing Honours Thesis (Part-time)

Year 2

Session 1H

400204Nursing Honours Thesis (Part-time)

Session 2H

400204Nursing Honours Thesis (Part-time)

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