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


Semester 1, Semester 2


Not available to international students.

Credit points required


Course code



The Bachelor of Nursing Honours is designed to extend knowledge gained through your undergraduate nursing education. You will undertake the program in partnership with an experienced nurse academic who will provide mentoring and an introduction to research with a nursing focus of your choice. The course addresses foundation research concepts required for higher level research studies. This encompasses:

  • acquisition of knowledge and skills
  • critical thinking
  • decision making
  • complex problem solving

You will use these skills to produce a registerable and potentially publishable systematic review of the literature on a topic nominated by you.


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.


Why study nursing and midwifery at CDU?

Find a rewarding career in healthcare when you study nursing or midwifery at CDU. Our graduates have the academic knowledge and hands-on experience to confidently enter the workplace and deliver evidence-based care to their patients.

  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Gain practical experience through placements and state-of-the-art clinical simulation suites located around Australia
  • #2 Australian uni for undergraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)

What will I study?

This course consists of core units building on the foundation of specialist knowledge and skills, evidence-based practice, cultural safety and introductory research methods acquired during previous undergraduate studies. The units address foundation research concepts and encompass acquisition of knowledge and skills, critical thinking, decision making and complex problem solving required for higher level research studies.

Course structure

You will undertake the course in partnership with an experienced nurse academic who will provide mentorship and an induction to research with a specific nursing focus.

The course is delivered in online mode with mentoring and supervision sessions available face-to-face or via alternative technologies.

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 unit)
20cpCompulsory Core unit totalling 20 credit points as listed below:
HEA413 Systematic Review Methodology (20 credit points)
Research Units
(3 units)
60cpResearch units totalling 60 credit points as detailed below:
HEA700 Systematic Review Project A (20 credit points)
HEA701 Systematic Review Project B (20 credit points)
HEA702 Systematic Review Project C (20 credit points)
(0 units)

There are no elective units available in this course.

 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

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.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitR = Research
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
HEA413 Systematic Review Methodology (20cp) COHEA701 Systematic Review Project B (20cp)R
HEA700 Systematic Review Project A (20cp)RHEA702 Systematic Review Project C (20cp)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.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitR = Research
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  HEA413 Systematic Review Methodology (20cp)CO
  HEA700 Systematic Review Project A (20cp)R
Year 2
HEA701 Systematic Review Project B (20cp)R  
HEA702 Systematic Review Project C (20cp)R  

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification in a nursing related field with at least a credit average (GPA of 5.00).

Essential requirements

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:


ATAR profile

There are no statistics available for this course. It may be that the course is new or the profile data is unavailable.

Unlike the other universities I looked at where you spend time in a lab each week, CDU offers one-week practical intensives in a clinical simulation suite (which is a bit like a mock hospital environment) at one of their campuses or centres around Australia. 


CDU Student

Michelle, CDU student in Sydney

Course details


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.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.

Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021)No. of Students% of all Students
A. Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
B. Vocational education and training (VET) study<5N/P
C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
D. Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

International students<5N/P
All students<5N/P

"<5" - the number of students is less than 5
N/A - Students not accepted in this category
N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Bachelor of Nursing Honours
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Area of study
Nursing and Midwifery, Health

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

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


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


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.


UAC Code
Online (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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