Health Sciences

Honours programs

nursing, midwifery and paramedicine honours

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine offers the following Honours programs:

  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours)

Honours programs

Each of these Honours programs is a one-year degree for high-achieving students who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant discipline (i.e. Nursing, Midwifery or Paramedicine). The program enables students to build upon the knowledge gained in their pass degree, develop research skills that will equip them for future study at a higher degree level and work closely with an academic expert to contribute to a particular area of interest. The main focus of the program is to produce a research thesis under supervision from experienced academic staff.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed a relevant Bachelor’s degree and attained grades of distinction or above in at least half of the graded units at second and third year levels; or in a postgraduate course.

Research supervision

Each Honours student will work with an academic supervisor/s to complete the thesis component of the program. The thesis is to be between 15,000 and 18,000 words in length. Students generally meet with their supervisor at least fortnightly.

Course Structure Full-time
Semester 1 HLSC 401*
Research Methods in Health Sciences
HLSC 402
Preparation for Research in Health Sciences
HLSC 403
Data Management in Health Sciences
NRSG 412/MIDW 400/PARA 412 Honours Thesis Part A
Semester 2 NRSG 413/MIDW 401/PARA 413 Honours Thesis Part B
Course Structure Part-time
Year 1
Semester 1 HLSC 401*
Research Methods in Health Sciences
HLSC 403
Data Management in Health Sciences
Semester 2 HLSC 402
Preparation for Research in Health Sciences
NRSG 412/MIDW 400/PARA 412 Honours Thesis Part A
Year 2
Semester 1 NRSG 414/MIDW 402/PARA 414 Honours Thesis Part C
Semester 2 NRSG 415/MIDW 405/PARA 415 Honours Thesis Part D
*This unit is run intensively over 2 weeks in Summer Term, commencing late January/early February.

Please note that there is also potential to complete an Honours degree part-time over 18 months. This option may be discussed with the research supervisor and national honours coordinator.

Campus offered

Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney

For further information

Email: askacu@acu.edu.au or phone: 1300 ASK ACU (1300 275 228)