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1 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Key features

  • Shape your own future – and that of the world around you – through your endeavours.
  • Open to graduates from any area of study and hosted by partners from industry, government and civil society.
  • Work in cross-disciplinary teams on real-world challenges.
  • The University of South Australia’s Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and awarded five stars in the QS Stars Business School Rankings 2017.

1 UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, July 2016



This Bachelor of Innovation (Honours) offers you the opportunity to build on your existing skills and further develop your capabilities in creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and project/venture leadership.

Supported by academics and industry mentors, you will explore new ways of addressing problems; create prototype solutions; wrap these up into a proposed venture or change initiative; then pitch your innovation to the very leaders responsible for making change happen.

Through this rich experience, you will build a tight-knit network with your colleagues and those in industry, a fraternity that could prove invaluable throughout your lifetime. 

This honours degree can only be studied full-time.

Why Bachelor of Innovation (Honours)

Why this Degree

You will develop the skills, experience and mindset to be an innovator in your chosen career, whether it be in an existing enterprise, in a new venture, or in further postgraduate research studies.

You will be encouraged to work within your existing discipline, but also to take a broader and more strategic approach to problem-solving and to collaborate with other disciplines. The core of your experience will be real-world challenges hosted by partners from industry, government and civil society.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The degree is highly experiential, multi-disciplinary and industry-based. As an honours student, you will apply research methodology to develop an innovation research paper and presentation under the supervision of a UniSA researcher.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • critical analysis
  • individual presentations
  • research papers and assignments
  • group projects and presentations

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
The Innovator's Mindset GRAP 4007 4.5
Accelerated Venture Opportunity (NEXT) BUSS 4028 9
Innovation Challenge (Honours Project) Part 1 GRAP 4005 4.5
Leading Innovation GRAP 4006 4.5
Initiating a New Innovation Venture BUSS 4029 4.5
Innovation Challenge (Honours Project) Part 2 BUSS 4030 4.5
Innovation Challenge (Honours Project) Part 3 COMM 4003 4.5

I am a specialist in strategic innovation, with many years international industry experience spanning the business, government and social spheres. I have a strong desire to make the world a better place, and I’m working to establish a world-first, large-scale social innovation cluster at the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site. Its aspiration is to position Adelaide internationally as the ‘Silicon Valley of Social Innovation’. For the Bachelor of Innovation (Honours), I have designed a program that empowers students to design the educational experience that best suits their career objectives.

Prof David Paterson

Program Director

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Prof David Paterson

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business School Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business School Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language.

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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