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Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Eligible Bachelor of Nursing graduates are invited to apply for the honours program. This degree combines coursework units with research skills development for the conduct of an independent research project, leading to the submission and examination of a 10,000-15,000 word thesis. The coursework units encompass literature review, research methods and completion of a thesis. Students are guided through the program by an academic supervisor. Refer to the unit of study information for further details.

Admission requirements

Applications to the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) are open to students who are considered by the faculty 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 hold an equivalent qualification.


The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) can be studied full time (one year) or part time (two years).

Students are required to attend on-campus study days for the coursework units and are also strongly encouraged to participate in the research workshops in Semesters 1 and 2, and in Sydney Nursing School's Research Week. Students will have the opportunity to present their work to colleagues and peers at a School research forum.

Further study

Students who successfully gain first-class or second-class, Division 1 honours are eligible to apply for entry into a PhD within Sydney Nursing School.

Course rules


Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register:

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)


Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) (off-shore)


Admission to candidature
Admission to candidature is dependent on appropriate supervision being available within the faculty. Places will be offered to qualified applicants in the order in which complete applications are received, according to the following admission criteria.
Admission to the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) requires:
satisfaction of the English language proficiency requirements detailed in the faculty resolutions; and
completion of a Bachelor of Nursing pass degree at the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification with a minimum WAM of 65; and
current registration to practise nursing in Australia or another country.
Qualifications used as the basis of admission must have been completed less than ten years prior to application. Qualifications older than ten years will be considered subject to the applicant providing further information substantiating appropriate continuing education and development. In these cases, admission will be at the discretion of the Dean.
Appointment of supervisor
The Chair of the Honours Degrees Sub-Committee will appoint a research supervisor in consultation with the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and notification to the Associate Dean (Academic).
Attendance pattern
The attendance pattern for this course can be full time or part time according to candidate choice.

4 Requirements for award

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) degree candidates must complete:
24 credit points of units of study as specified in the unit of study table; and
a thesis of up to 15,000 words.
The grade of honours and the honours mark are determined by performance in the degree, according to the table in clause 7(1).
Enrolment and progression
Candidate progression will be reviewed every six (6) months with the supervisor, as per assessment schedule.
Documentation of the candidate's progression will be reviewed by the Honours Degrees Sub-Committee, and feedback will be provided to the candidate and supervisors about level of progress.
Time limits:
A full-time candidate must complete all the requirements for the course within two (2) calendar years of first enrolment.
A part-time candidate must complete all the requirements for the course within three (3) years of first enrolment.
Examination of the thesis
Two examiners internal to the University will be appointed by the Honours Degrees Sub-Committee in consultation with the supervisor.
The Honours Degrees Sub-Committee determines the award mark taking into account the reports of the examiners. The Sub-Committee may appoint a third examiner (who may be external to the University) to assist in determining the award mark. The final estimation of the award mark is determined according to the table in 7(1).

7 Award of the degree

The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) is awarded in the following classes ranging from First Class to Third Class:

A student who achieves an honours mark in the range

Will be awarded honours

80 <= honours mark <= 100

First Class

75 <= honours mark < 80

Second Class / Division 1

70 <= honours mark < 75

Second Class / Division 2

65 <= honours mark < 70

Third Class

The class of Honours shall be determined by the marks achieved in the Honours year weighted according to units of study as follows:
NURS4020 (10 percent)
NURS4021 (10 percent), and
NURS4022 and NURS4023 (80 percent).

8 University medal

A student who receives an honours mark of 90 or above may be awarded a university medal. The medal is awarded at the discretion of the faculty to the highest achieving students who in the opinion of the faculty have an outstanding academic record, in accordance with the Coursework Policy 2014.

9 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2016 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2016 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2016 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time, provided they complete requirements within the maximum period of candidature specified in those resolutions. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion for students whose candidatures extend beyond the maximum period of candidature specified in the resolutions under which they were enrolled.