Nursing and midwifery honours programs provide a pathway for students who demonstrate academic ability with the opportunity to extend their research skills and knowledge beyond the bachelor level.

We offer the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) and Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) programs via three pathways:

  • full-time research pathway
  • part-time research pathway
  • full-time integrated pathway

A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery or another qualification deemed equivalent and who is eligible for registration as a registered nurse or midwife may be accepted as a candidate for the honours degree. Prospective students need to have achieved a credit average or better (that is, a grade point average of 5.0 or better) in fulfilling the requirements for the undergraduate degree.

Students are allocated a principal supervisor from within the Nursing and Midwifery. This person will work with the student to ensure continuity throughout the coursework topics and thesis. To be awarded an honours degree, a student must satisfactorily complete 36 units of study within one year full-time or two years part-time (or 18 months through a blend of full- and part-time activities). It is possible to commence the honours program at the beginning of the year or mid-year.

Scholarships are available and applications close at the end of February each year.



The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) and Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) aim to:

  • provide an opportunity for nurses and midwives to develop an understanding of research and the skills necessary to conduct a study in an area of the student's interest, with the assistance of one or more supervisors
  • prepare successful graduates for higher degree research studies and/or research in the clinical setting. (Admission to a higher degree research program is usually restricted to applicants with an Honours Class 1 or 2A degree or equivalent.)

Doing Honours requires an extensive commitment from students. It is an opportunity to produce a substantial piece of work and explore a research area of interest at much more depth and more independently than has been possible in previous undergraduate studies.



The Honours program will help students achieve the following objectives:

  1. make effective use of their time to achieve their goal
  2. ability to pose and refine worthwhile research questions (in an appropriate time frame)
  3. ability to perform literature searches
  4. knowledge about how to manage and organise large amounts of literature
  5. to critically review the relevant literature
  6. to develop a logical research proposal
  7. to discern and understand the ethical considerations in research and know how to address them
  8. to acquire an appreciation and awareness of a range of methodologies and methods used in research
  9. to know how to select/exclude methodologies or methods and be able to provide a rationale for their choice
  10. to develop an understanding of one methodology for the thesis
  11. to collect and analyse the data, present the findings and defend the conclusions
  12. to link the research topic into the literature
  13. to construct a thesis incorporating points 1-12.

Honours Marking

The final mark for the Honours program is calculated using the following formula:




from 4 x coursework topics

(10% each topic)

from final thesis topic(s) mark


The cumulative mark is then used to award the final grade.  Honours Assessment Classifications are detailed in Section 10.2.2 of the university's Assessment policy .