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University of New England

Armidale , NSW ,Australia

Bachelor of Nursing with Honours

This course is designed for eligible graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing degree and equivalent degrees. Successful completion of the program will provide graduates with a sound basis for subsequent leadership in nursing practice, research and education as well as enabling them to progress to higher degree research at masters or Ph.D. levels.

This program provides an opportunity for students, under the guidance of a supervisor, to plan and implement a research project in the area of nursing practice. Knowledge and experience gained by students through completing this program will contribute to the knowledge base for nursing practice.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible interview call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional or Conditional Offer
10 Days
Visa process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Research experience will provide you with specialist knowledge in your chosen area of study, value-adding to your professional role, and can lead to more senior roles in: 

  • nurse education 
  • research-based practice 
  • leadership 
  • nursing research.  

The Bachelor of Nursing with Honours can also be a pathway to further postgraduate study. Find out more about Higher Degree Research with UNE’s School of Health.  

As an Honours graduate, your advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in nursing, combined with excellent communication skills, and the ability to solve complex problems, will give you the competitive edge in clinical healthcare, and give you entry to a career path as a nurse researcher in a range of diverse settings.  

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

A candidate shall:

  • (a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent relevant AQF Level 7 degree at a grade point average 5.5 or better overall in the final two years of the undergraduate degree; or
  • (b) if applicants do not satisfy the normal entry requirements but have a demonstrated grade point average 6.5 in only the final year of a relevant AQF Level 7 degree; or
  • (c) if their application is based on other factors including alternative degrees/qualifications, plus recently registered nurse work experience that is relevant to the proposed research focus or involvement in research, they may be admitted at the discretion of the head of school; and
  • (d) at least one of the following criteria must be met:
    • (i) English is the applicant's first language; or
    • (ii) an IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.5 with no sub-band score less than 6.0 (or equivalent TOEFL score of at least 91 in the Internet-based Text with not less than 22 in the written component and 20 in Listening, Speaking and Reading); or
    • (iii) successful completion of an advanced EAP program at the University of New England English Language Centre.