BH062 - Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)

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Plan: BH062 - Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BHSc(Hons)
Total credit points: 96
Career: UGRD
Duration: 1 year full time 2 semesters: 2 years part time 4 semesters
Location: Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 069999
CRICOS code: 082395G

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Purpose of the Program

Within the context of an ageing population and an increasing incidence of chronic disease the health and community care sectors are experiencing increasing demand for research, scholarship and evidence-based practice. Research experience and higher degrees are required for academic and research positions, and increasingly for other positions within the health and community care sectors. Experience in research is also a requirement for maintaining the currency of your knowledge as a clinician/practitioner   The objective of this program is to develop the knowledge and skills that are essential for you to carry out research in the Health Sciences fields. Successful completion of the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) program will support your career in clinical, academic or research positions.   Completion to a high standard may enable you to enter a Master's or PhD program.  Specific objectives of this program are to:

  • foster rigorous research in the Health Sciences and develop research publications
  • support you to participate in existing RMIT research projects and help to drive development of key research foci
  • develop your skills in critical thinking, self-directed learning and communication in the context of Health Sciences research
  • equip you with the skills, knowledge and capabilities to work effectively in a range of research settings.

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Articulation and pathways

Following successful completion of the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) you may be eligible to apply for Masters by Research program in the same cognate area as your undergraduate program. Graduates who achieve first class honours or equivalent may be eligible to transfer into a PhD program. Students wishing to progress the studies are encourages to contact the School of Graduate Research.

Please note: this program is not APAC accredited. Completing this program will not provide the pre-requisites you require to apply for Psychology Masters by coursework or Psychology Doctoral programs. 


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Entrance requirements

Successful completion of a Bachelor Degree in a health related discipline including but not limited to, Nursing, Psychology, Chinese Medicine, Osteopathy or Chiropractic. Other disciplines that could be considered include physiology, biochemistry, immunology and neuroscience.

Applicants must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of  2.6 (out of 4.0) or international equivalent score in their undergraduate degree program. Applicants who completed their program more than five years ago should submit a portfolio of evidence of Professional Development related to industry expertise.

English language requirements:

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

The Honours program has a significant research component. Prior to submitting your application, you must contact the School and confirm a supervisor and a research topic. Acceptance into the program is contingent upon the availability of appropriate supervision.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Bachelor of Health Science (Hons) will equip you with research skills and is not subject to any external accreditation by a professional association. Through its research programs, the School of Health Sciences has established numerous links with the health care and community sectors. Please refer to your specific Discipline for further information

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
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  • career development and employment
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