Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$9,050 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

CRICOS course code060188G
Deakin course code H400

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Fees and charges

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.

Course rules

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.

Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

HBS400Research Methods

HSH401Developing Research Skills

Trimester 2

HSH402Honours Research Project


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.

Entry requirements - general

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.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


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