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Study Honours at Sydney Nursing School

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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

Students commencing this course in Semester 1, 2021 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for this course.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this course

Transform the world of healthcare and enhance your career. Available to high-achieving students, this program provides the opportunity to pursue an independent research project in an area of your interest. Cultivate sophisticated critical thinking skills alongside specialist knowledge as you design and complete a supervised thesis.

As an honours student, you will become part of a thriving community of world-class researchers within the Sydney Nursing School as you develop the expertise and practical skills to produce a written thesis of 10,000-15,000 words. An additional year of study, the honours program is available to meritorious students who have completed a Bachelor of Nursing qualification.

Undertaking an additional year of honours is a unique opportunity to enhance your critical thinking skills, broaden your career options, and actively improve nursing practice and the lives of patients.

Learn more about honours with the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

Who is honours for?

The program is designed for students who have successfully completed a Bachelor of Nursing and are looking to enhance their critical thinking skills. It allows students to investigate an idea that can improve the practice of nursing and the lives of patients, and opens the door to future research.

Subject areas

There are no majors for this course.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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How to apply

Apply online by selecting the `Apply' button on this page.

Further requirements:
Please download and complete the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) Supplementary Form (pdf, 80KB) and upload it to your online application.

External applicants also need to upload: 

  • An official copy of your most recent transcript
  • Proof of identity and citizenship status

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

Apply online by selecting the `Apply' button on this page.

Further requirements:
Please download and complete the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) Supplementary Form (pdf, 80KB) and upload it to your online application.

External applicants also need to upload: 

  • An official copy of your most recent transcript
  • Proof of identity and citizenship status

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

The degree combines coursework with students' own research project. The coursework involves units of study relating to research methods and the preparation of the thesis (approximately 15,000 words).

You will complete four units of study in which you will develop an understanding of research design and methodology, including data collection and analysis techniques, and the ethical considerations involved in undertaking research. You will work with a supervisor who helps guide your project and assists in formulating a research question, study design, ethics submissions, collecting results, and the writing and publishing of your work.

You will also be invited to present to your peers in at least one research forum throughout the year, enabling you to further develop and refine your work.

Research workshops are run in February as well as throughout Semester 1.  

A variety of guest speakers with expertise in a range of research areas will present during these workshops.

Supervisors

Honours students work with a supervisor who assists them throughout their study. The supervisor helps guide the project, and assists in formulating a research question, study design, ethics submissions, collecting results and writing and publishing of work.

Units of study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Year Sem  Units of study 
1 1 Honours semester one
  2 Honours semester two

Admission criteria

Applications to the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) are open to applicants who are considered by Sydney Nursing School to have the requisite knowledge and aptitude to undertake the course. Applicants are expected to have completed their Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Sydney or from an equivalent university with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65.

The academic criteria that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for this course. 

Graduate opportunities

Graduates can select from a wide and growing range of practice areas in the public and private health care systems including:

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Children’s hospitals
  • Trauma and emergency care
  • Mental health nursing
  • Aged care
  • Community nursing
  • Palliative care
  • Home care nursing
  • Drug and alcohol centres
  • Operating rooms and other surgical settings
  • Rural and remote nursing
  • International health

Nurses also work in the pharmaceutical industry, clinical research trials and other health-related fields.

Future study options

The University of Sydney is a research-intensive university. The Faculty of Medicine and Health and Sydney Nursing School are committed to research that improves patient outcomes and experiences. 

Graduates of the honours program can go onto study the Master of Philosophy (Nursing) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing).

Domestic students

International students

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