Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$6,684.00* per year (more)
* 2020 indicative annual CSP fee

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Admission requirements

  • Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent with 5.0 GPA over second and third year


Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Next start date

Trimester 1, 2020 (more)

Applications close

Friday, 31 January 2020

Why choose this program?

To be awarded a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) degree, one additional year of study is required following the successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing.

Graduates of Griffith University's Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) degree have a competitive edge as they are equipped with practical skills, experience and attributes that employers value, coupled with highly developed research capabilities.

Offered by Griffith University's School of Nursing and Midwifery, our Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) will give you an opportunity to undertake advanced study and supervised research work.

You'll complete coursework and a research preparation course in your first trimester and complete a dissertation in your second trimester.

Through the 30-credit point coursework component of the Honours program, you'll gain an understanding of how to critically evaluate research. You'll also develop your knowledge of statistical analysis techniques as applied to scientific research and gain an awareness of how research proposals should be designed.

Through the 50-credit point dissertation component, you'll conduct research on a specific project and complete a seminar and dissertation describing the research in detail.

You'll be required to find a suitable supervisor for your research project prior to submitting your application for admission into the Honours program. If you are unable to find a suitable supervisor, you should discuss your proposed research project with the Program Director.

Attendance information

This program is offered on-campus full-time or part-time. Please note that not all courses are offered in on campus mode at all campuses. Coursework may take place on the Gold Coast, Logan, Nathan and South Bank campuses with some courses also available in off campus (online) mode. Students are required to check the Programs and Courses website to find out more information on where and when courses are offered.

Students may commence the program in either Trimester 1 (March) or Trimester 2 (July). Students will undertake coursework and a research preparation course 7001HSV Foundations of Research Inquiry in their first trimester and complete the dissertation in their second trimester.

Students who wish to complete the program part-time will be required to consult with the BN Honours Program Director to determine an appropriate program structure.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

This program consists of 30 credit points of coursework and a 50 credit point research thesis component.


The coursework will provide critical evaluation of research and presentation, develop the student's knowledge and understanding of statistical analyses techniques as applied to scientific research and develop an awareness of research proposal design and background. Students are required to attend compulsory coursework sessions as stipulated in the University teaching timetable and in the course timetables provided by Course Convenors.


Students are required to find a suitable supervisor for their research project prior to submitting their application for admission into the program. Students who are unable to locate a suitable supervisor should discuss their proposed research project with the Program Director.

The final research component of the program will be a dissertation which will involve research on a specific project, a seminar and dissertation describing the research in detail.

Students enrolled in the dissertation component of this program will work under supervision and be required to meet regularly with their supervisor. It is recommended that students discuss the on-campus attendance requirements of the research project with their supervisor at the start of the dissertation.

Depending on the project, attendance at off-campus locations may also be required. Where a project requires on-campus work, students are required to undertake their research at an appropriate facility on the Gold Coast, Logan or Nathan campuses, or according to the directions of the supervisor and/or Program Director.

Please contact the Program Director for more information about available projects.

Workplace Health and Safety Training

Students are to discuss required workplace health and safety training with their supervisors prior to the commencement of 7001HSV Foundations of Research Inquiry. Students who fail to undertake the prescribed workplace health and safety training will not gain entry into laboratories.

My career opportunities

As a graduate, you will be able to plan and conduct research in nursing and related health disciplines, and will be well-placed for positions in the private, not for profit, and public sectors.

You will find opportunities in hospitals, in the community, and in urban, rural and remote settings. Nursing graduates are employed in a range of occupations and industries. As well as hospitals, medical centres, community health clinics and aged care centres, you'll be prepared for work in schools, the travel industry, with drug and alcohol service providers, in sporting clubs or in research organisations.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's three broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) (2094)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2020 Fee Band 31.5 $393.75 $31,500.00
2019 Fee Band 30.0 $375.00 $30,000.00

Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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