Honours – Faculty of Health Sciences
1 year FT (or equivalent PT). Midyear intake available in select degrees
An honours program enables you to build upon the knowledge gained during the first years of your bachelor 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. Each honours student will work with (an) academic supervisor/s to complete the thesis component of the program, meeting with their supervisor/s at least fortnightly. The final thesis is to be between 12,000 and 15,000 words in length.
Honours scholarships are available to suitably qualified candidates for 2023 commencement
ACU is offering honours scholarships of $10,000 (pro-rata payment for part-time enrolment) to applicants for:
Applications open 08:00 Monday 19 September 2022, and close 11:59pm Monday 31 October with offers to be made in November 2022.
Once applications open, at 08:00 Monday 19 September, there will be an ‘APPLY’ button on the scholarship page, which will guide students through the online submission process.
Additional fourth year honours programs
These programs are available to high-achieving students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in the relevant discipline with a GPA of 5.5 or greater on the ACU seven-point scale.
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 Psychological Science (Honours)*
*An embedded honours psychology program. GPA conditions apply.
Sample program map
|Yr 4 Sem 1
Research methods in health sciences
Preparing for research in health sciences
Qualitative Research Methods in Health Sciences OR
Quantitative Data Management in Health Sciences Research
|Honours thesis Part A
|Yr 4 Sem 2
|| Honours thesis Part B
Embedded honours programs
To be eligible for an embedded honours program, you must have achieved a GPA of 5.5 or greater on the ACU seven-point scale in the first years of the degree. Please see individual courses for specific requirements
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
To be eligible to apply for admission to an Honours program in Allied Health, a student must have completed 160 cp from years 1 and 2 with a grade point average of at least 5.5 on the ACU seven point scale.
To qualify for the an Honours program in Allied Health, a student must complete 320 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings in OT, Physiotherapy, Social Work or Speech Pathology.
As well as developing more advanced professional knowledge and skills, students will learn how to undertake research - from data collection to data management and analysis, and will learn and apply project management skills to ensure their project is effectively and ethically conducted, managed, analyses and presented. Students will write a comprehensive literature review that justifies the need for the research project. This work will culminate in the preparation of a final dissertation where students will be expected to finalise their literature review and prepare their manuscript for publication, reporting on the study and the methodology used. Students present their research findings at a student conference at the end of their final year.
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) -- (additional fourth year also available)
To be eligible to continue to the Honours year of this course, a student must maintain a grade point average of at least 5.5 on the ACU seven point scale in the second and third years and achieve at least four (4) Distinctions in the psychology units undertaken in the second and third year of the program. Students who do not meet these requirements will be transferred into the Bachelor of Psychological Science. In their fourth year students will be introduced to key issues and ethics in professional psychology and will gain an advanced level of understanding of assessment tools and intervention strategies that underpin psychological practice. Students will gain advanced knowledge of statistical analysis and skills in conducting, interpreting and reporting those analyses. Students will then develop, conduct and write up their research report in the form of a research article which they will present at the School’s research conference at the end of their final year.
|Yr 4 Sem 1
||Honours thesis A
||Professional issues and ethics
|Yr 4 Sem 2
|Honours thesis B
||Assessment and intervention
||Fourth year psychology elective