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Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Approved Abbreviation: BN(Hons)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4529.3

AQF Level: 8

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing 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 is 2019 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2008, please refer to: 4529.2 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 provides students with a sound basis for subsequent research within their own work environments and enables them to progress to higher degree research-related programs.

This program provides an opportunity for students, under guidance of their supervisors, to plan and implement a research project in the area of nursing practice. Knowledge, skills and experience gained by students 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 which focus on critical review of research literature, understanding ethical principles applied to practice-based research and the development of a formal research proposal. The remainder of the program focuses on completion of a research project and the preparation and submission of a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) 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
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


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


Admission to the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) course is determined on the basis of all of the following criteria being met

  • Current registration as a registered nurse/midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency- Nursing and Midwifery, or eligibility for same.
  • Completion of Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery undergraduate degree (Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 or equivalent) with achievement of a threshold Average Admission Mark (AAM) equal to, or above, the minimum of 65.
  • Statement of Intent-outlining the proposed research topic area, aim and general method proposed to be used in the research study (500 words).
  • Appointment of a principal supervisor by the Dean, or nominee, of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Demonstrated satisfactory academic writing skills appropriate to the discipline which will be assessed by the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) is not open to international student visa holders.

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

400803Research in Nursing Practice
400202Nursing Honours Thesis A (Full-time)
400201Readings and Methodology

Spring session

400203Nursing Honours Thesis B (Full-time)


Year 1

Autumn session

400803Research in Nursing Practice

Spring session

400201Readings and Methodology

2H session

400204Nursing Honours Thesis (Part-time)

Year 2

1H session

400204Nursing Honours Thesis (Part-time)

2H session

400204Nursing Honours Thesis (Part-time)

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