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Start Date

1 year(s) full-time


Program Code

4BH001 (Internal/External)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): N/A
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Assumed Knowledge

Key features

  • Get ahead of the crowd with a highly regarded honours degree.
  • Complete advanced research training, allowing you to undertake and manage research projects in a health-related setting or further study.
  • Focus on an area of interest and develop expertise in your chosen field.
  • Benefit from flexible learning, including online study options.



This honours degree is for students who have already successfully completed a relevant bachelor degree in the area of health sciences and want to further extend and develop their research skills in preparation for further studies or a career in research. A major part of your studies will centre on a supervised research project and thesis. This research project may focus on a topic from a wide range of health-related areas.

On graduation you will have the capacity to undertake and manage research projects in your chosen area of specialisation, and will be well-equipped to embark on further postgraduate studies, including PhD studies, or employment in specialised health industry areas such as research and development.

You have the opportunity to study this degree online.

Why Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)

Why this Degree

If you want a career in research or would like to undertake further study this degree will provide you with the necessary skills, knowledge and research training to do so. Graduating with an honours degree will set you apart from the crowd, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are well-placed for a career in industry, research or further postgraduate study.

When you study this degree at UniSA you will benefit from our state-of-the-art, on-campus facilities, such as the high performance and exercise physiology clinic, environmental chamber, laboratories, health and fitness centre, and more. You will also benefit from the expertise of our world-class researchers and our strong ties with more than 500 clinical industry and research partners.

Real-world connections

As a renowned research institution we have strong relationships with industry experts and more than 500 clinical placement and research partners, which is great news for health science students keen to further extend their industry networks. 

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Your career

In today’s complex health and wellness systems there is increasing demand for non-clinical roles related to the improvement and maintenance of individual and population health. Dedicated people with specialised skills, in-depth industry knowledge and an understanding of health beyond illness and disease are needed to work within these systems.

If you’re interested in a career in health-related industry or research, or wish to further your studies with a PhD, this one-year honours degree may be for you. To succeed you will need to have a strong interest in research, be results-driven and possess exceptional analytical skills.

Industry facts


To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This honours year will see you embark on one year of advanced studies in research and professional development. In addition, you will learn to:

  • plan, administer and analyse data
  • present data in both written and oral formats
  • develop independent time and work management skills, advanced computing skills, problem solving and organisation skills
  • further your skills in the exploration and critical analysis of literature related to your chosen topic

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

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

  • research proposals
  • literature reviews
  • oral presentations
  • honours thesis

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3) Note(s): 1
Honours Proposal HS 1 HLTH 4017 18 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Honours Thesis HS 2 HLTH 4018 18 Rule(s): 1

My research areas include tendon recovery post-exercise, learning styles of allied health students in clinical education, adolescent health, PTSD and human performance.

Dr Steven Milanese

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Steven Milanese

Dr Steven Milanese

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.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads 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, an ideal 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

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

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.

Student services

Additional info

This honours degree is available to students who have successfully completed a relevant bachelor degree in the Division of Health Sciences or other allied health disciplines and have met the required Grade Point Average (GPA). Graduates must first identify an honours research project and then discuss their interest with the project supervisor. Students are required to nominate up to three projects, which have been discussed with the relevant supervisor, and obtain a signature from the principle supervisor to verify this.

There are a number of projects on offer within each of the Schools. These projects are open to all students, not only those who have completed degrees within specific Schools. If you have a specific supervisor and project in mind you are able to contact the supervisor directly to discuss the possibility of developing the project collaboratively.

Projects available for 2017:

Please note, if you have a specific supervisor and project in mind you are welcome to contact the supervisor directly to discuss the possibility of developing the project collaboratively. Project outlines must be submitted by a member of staff (i.e. the supervisor) by 31 August to be considered for 2017. Details of your nominated projects are to be included on the Additional Information form – this form must be submitted in addition to the application.

All applications will be reviewed to ensure the applicant meets the minimum entry criteria (GPA 5.0) and any prerequisites. Projects will then be offered to the student who has the highest GPA. Successful applicants will be notified via email.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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