Honours – Faculty of Health Sciences

Campus: Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney and Strathfield

1 year FT (or equivalent PT). Midyear intake available in select degrees

An honours program enables you to build upon the knowledge gained in your bachelor’s degree, develops your research skills to better equip you for future higher degree level study, and provides an opportunity to work closely with an academic expert and contribute to a particular interest area.

Additional fourth year honours programs

Bachelor of Applied Public Health (Honours)
Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours)
Bachelor of High Performance Sport (Honours)*
Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours)
Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)
Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Honours)*
Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours)
Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)**
Bachelor of Public Health (Honours)

*Starting in 2020.
**An embedded honours year is available in psychology.

Embedded honours programs

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (additional fourth year also available)
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Entry Requirements

Additional fourth year honours degrees are for high-achieving students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in the relevant discipline.

To be eligible for an embedded honours program, you must have achieved a GPA of 5.75 or greater on the ACU seven-point scale.  Please see individual courses for specific requirements.

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 12,000 and 15,000 words in length.  Students generally meet with their supervisor/s at least fortnightly.

Research focus

The main focus of an honours program is to produce a research thesis under supervision from experienced academic staff that will contribute to health care through innovative, evidence-based practice.

“The strong ethical values embedded in the culture of ACU helped shape my attitude towards the delivery of quality care.”
Asmara Jammali-Blasi
Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)


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