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Key details

Duration

1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2

Locations

Casuarina campus
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

80

Course code

VHSCH1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

The Bachelor of Health Science Honours is an additional year of undergraduate study which will provide you with the opportunity to build on your knowledge and gain specialised skills in your area of interest. You will develop skills in research design, sample collection, critical analysis and interpreting data, while understanding the importance of ethical and professional issues pertaining to the field of research.

During the course, you will be required to complete coursework in research methods, writing and/or health, plus complete an independent research project. This will also include writing a thesis which showcases your research achievements.

This course will give you transferable skills in the areas of critical thinking, time management, writing, communication and team work, while contributing to the knowledge of your specified health field. An honours year also provides a pathway to postgraduate studies and a rewarding career in research.

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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What will I study?

A bachelor of Health science (honours) is an additional year of undergraduate study, providing students with the opportunity to build on their undergraduate knowledge, gain specialised skills in an area of interest and explore the research environment. An honours year provides a pathway to postgraduate studies and commence a rewarding career in research.

Course structure

To complete a bachelors of Health Science (honours) you will need to complete coursework in research methods, writing and/or health, plus complete an independent research project. Students will write a thesis which will showcase their research achievements. Students wishing to undertake honours part-time will be required to complete the coursework components in their first year.

During your honours year students will develop skills in research design, sample collection, critical analyses and interpreting data, while understanding the importance ethical and professional issues pertaining to the field of research.


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(1 units)
10cpCompulsory Core units totalling 10 credit points as detailed below.

 PHM526 Research Design 
 

Research Units
(2 units)
60cpResearch units totalling 60 credit points as detailed below.

 HSC701 Research Project (30cp)
 HSC702 Research Thesis (30cp)
 

Specialist Elective Units
(1 units)
10cpSpecialist Elective unit totalling 10 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

 HEA567 Pharmacology for Health Professionals
 PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
 PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
 PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
 

 80cpTotal Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Bachelor of Honours AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

 

Study plan


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load.
 

Legend:CO = Core UnitR = ResearchSE = Specialist Elective 
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
PHM526 Research Design COSpecialist Elective SE
HSC701 Research Project (30cp) RHSC702 Research Thesis (30cp) R

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time load.
 

Legend:CO = Core UnitR = ResearchSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  Specialist Elective SE
  HSC701 Research Project (30cp) R
Year 2
PHM526 Research Design CO  
HSC702 Research Thesis (30cp) R  

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised Bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification in a health science-related area with at least a credit average (GPA of 5.00).

Consideration will also be given to applicants who are below a GPA of 5.00 who can demonstrate a suitable level of technical skills.

Additional admission requirements

You must contact the College of Health and Human Sciences at hhs@cdu.edu.au to discuss a potential project and supervision prior to submitting an application. In addition to a credit average (GPA of 5.00), you are required to have a project topic and project supervisor who has agreed to supervise your project before admission is approved.

Essential requirements

Criminal history check: A criminal history check may be required depending on the area of research the student will be undertaking and the organisation involved.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Bachelor of Health Science Honours
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Allied Health Sciences, Health

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
1BH019
820030
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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