Honours in nursing


Why study honours in nursing?

Undertaking Honours in nursing gives you the opportunity to complete a two years part-time program (available to local students) or a year-long program (available to international and local students). The program combines coursework and research in an area of nursing practice relevant to your clinical interests, the nursing discipline and our nursing research program. The program will provide opportunity to further advance your nursing knowledge and skills; entry into higher degree program; and expand employment opportunities including a career in nursing research and project management. The advanced analytical, research and communication skills you will gain as a result of completing honours are highly sought after by employers

Career opportunities

Our nurses are very highly sought after and gain employment throughout the health industry at major hospitals, including the private and public sector.

Course information


Students undertaking Honours via coursework enrol in 4 subjects including an elective from an approved list.

Students who elect to complete their Honours studies via thesis enrol in 2 subjects and participate in research seminars, including the submission of a research essay or project comprising of 15,000 words.

Students undertaking an approved graduate year program at an Australian health agency while enrolled in the Honours program may apply for credit for the nursing elective. To receive a credit, students need to have completed a minimum of 52 days of clinical practice and provide a satisfactory report of their clinical progress from the graduate year program coordinator.

Entry requirements

Students who have maintained a Weighted Average Mark 9WAM) of 75%, or above, in their final two years of a Bachelor of Nursing course, are eligible to apply for admission.

All students who meet the entry requirements will receive a provisional letter of offer at Semester 1 and confirmation pending their results at the end of their final year.

How to apply

Applicants are required to apply online. La Trobe University students do not need to provide a copy of their academic transcripts.

Students applying from other Australian Universities need to apply online and provide a certified copy of their academic transcripts.

Your study experience

Clinical schools

A considerable proportion of a nurse's undergraduate education is spent in the clinical setting and the Division has established clinical schools at four different hospitals around Victoria.


Our courses include a number of placements in our clinical schools at major Victorian health care facilities.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

Find out about the experiences of one of our students.

Laura Huguenin

I have participated in 5 clinical rotations so far, and believe these are the highlight of the course in its entirety. They enabled me to consolidate the knowledge and skills I had learnt and provided a realistic practical application of them.

Ms Laura Huguenin,

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