Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This honours year will see you embark on one year of advanced studies in research and professional development. In addition, you will learn to:
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:
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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 2018:
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.
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