Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Approved Abbreviation: BN(Hons)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4529.2

AQF Level: 8

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.

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 2008 or later.

For Commencement Year 2002 to 2007, please refer to: 4529.1 Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

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 research-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
One year full-time or two years part-time.

Course Advice

Dr Antoinette


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeMulti ModalAntoinette Cotton
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeMulti ModalAntoinette Cotton

Advanced standing

Advanced Standing will be assessed in accordance with University policy.


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 Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) studies. In addition, applicants must have completed at least 20 credit points of research or equivalent at an undergraduate level.

The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) is not open to student visa holders. Other international applicants should contact the International Office for details on admission. Contact information for the International Office is available via the Western Sydney University website.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
To be enrolled in this course students 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

400803.2Research in Nursing Practice
400202.2Nursing Honours Thesis A (Full-time)
400201.3Readings and Methodology

Spring session

400203.2Nursing Honours Thesis B (Full-time)


Year 1

Autumn session

400803.2Research in Nursing Practice

Spring session

400201.3Readings and Methodology

2H session

400204.2Nursing Honours Thesis (Part-time)

Year 2

1H session

400204.2Nursing Honours Thesis (Part-time)

2H session

400204.2Nursing Honours Thesis (Part-time)

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