Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)
The Bachelor of Nursing Honours course opens a range of research and other opportunities, including an accelerated pathway to doctoral research degrees (PhD).
This course provides you with the opportunities for specialised and advanced work in either nursing or midwifery through development of research skills for high achieving students who have completed the Bachelor of Nursing and/or the Bachelor of Midwifery, or a comparable degree course.
During the course you will undertake research methodology training and carry out an independent research project in your specialist field, working closely with supervisors who will provide you with individual guidance and academic counselling.
At the end of the course, you will produce a thesis reporting on the background to, method, results and discussion of your research project findings. Key here is that the thesis is about your research on a topic that is important to you and can impact on nursing and/or midwifery practice and policy.
How the Honours course works View
The Bachelor of Nursing Honours course is a 12 month (full-time) or 24 month (part-time) 48 credit point course comprising four 12 credit point units. Each unit is structured in a way that aligns with the research process, from formulating the research question/s and aim/s, to planning the research method, conducting the research, and finally analysing your data and reporting on your findings.
You will work through this process with the support and guidance of two expert Monash Nursing and Midwifery researchers, who you will meet with regularly to ensure your research is of the highest possible quality and suitable for publication in relevant healthcare peer-reviewed journals.
During the course you will also present the progress of your research to your fellow research students and the Monash Nursing and Midwifery research community during an inclusive and collegiate biannual research seminar.
There are three elements which make up the overall score that you will achieve for the course. During your first semester you will submit one of your thesis chapters to your supervisors for marking, as well as delivering an oral presentation of your work to your fellow researchers at a Monash Nursing and Midwifery Research Seminar. The first semester’s scores contribute 20% to your final score. Your final thesis is submitted at the end of the course and is worth 80% of the total score you will achieve for the course.
Types of Honours thesis View
There are two ways in which you can structure your final thesis. The first is a conventional ‘chapter-by-chapter’ thesis which is usually between 10,000 to 15,000 words. This type of submission traditionally comprises of 5 chapters; an introduction and background, a literature review, a methods chapter, a results chapter and a discussion/conclusion.
The second thesis option is a ‘portfolio’ comprising some of the chapters mentioned previously, as well as one or more peer-reviewed journal publications (or manuscripts ready for submission to a relevant journal). For example, previous Honours graduates have submitted a thesis containing an introduction and background, a published systematic review of the literature, a methods chapter, a publication of their study (which replaces the results chapter) and a chapter summarising the study and its implications for practice.
The portfolio option has become the most popular way to submit the thesis for several reasons. The most important of these reasons is that your research is out there in the public research domain and is contributing to the evidence for practice. Another reason is that you will be a published author in a highly competitive position for securing a scholarship to support any subsequent PhD plans.