Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)



If you are keen to extend what you have learnt in your Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion or Bachelor of Health Sciences, our honours year program will take your knowledge to the next level. You will gain excellent research skills, boost your employability and pave the way for research candidature in higher degrees (MSc, MA and PhD).

Study in health sciences is designed to train you in high standards of dynamic health care, policy and systems. Many roles that support the contemporary health sector are multi-disciplinary, so to deliver the health systems of today and the future, you need a broad set of skills. The honours year builds on the foundation of your undergraduate degree and prepares you for further research and study in this area.

During your honours studies you will develop high level skills in information retrieval and the critical analysis of published material. You will learn how to develop conceptual frameworks and methodological procedures for the collection, analysis and interpretation of data and become familiar with significant ethical and professional issues relating to this area of work.

You will also produce a thesis which will showcase your research and written communication skills. Research topics can be undertaken through the following research centres and clusters: Strategic Research Centre for Population Health; Health, Nature and Sustainability Research group; Health Promotion and Public Health; and Occupational Therapy and Disability.

By completing your honours year you will create pathway to higher degrees such as the MSc, MA and PhD. You can also choose to undertake specialist postgraduate studies in clinical exercise physiology, physiotherapy, medicine, dietetics and public health to name a few.

Careers exist in the areas of health promotion, disability and aged care, nutrition, family, social inclusion and environmental health – both at the local community level and on the global stage.


Key facts


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Not applicable

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$9,050 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
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Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Course Structure

To complete the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) students must attain 8 credit points, including two coursework units in research methods and research issues and an independent research project. Part-time students are required to complete the coursework components in their first year of study.

Core units

Trimester 1

  • Research Methods HBS400
  • Developing Research Skills HSH401
  • Trimester 2

  • Honours Research Project HSH402
  • How to apply

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    Course pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Faculty contact information

    Health - Student and Academic Services
    Tel 03 9251 7777


    You should be able to commit 35 hours a week to your honours degree

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    For detailed information, particularly with respect to the selection of areas of study and availability of appropriate supervision, students should consult the School of Health and Social Development Current Student Honours page.

    Offered campuses


    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

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