Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)


Programme Overview

Developed, fully taught and awarded by The University of Sydney, Australia and accredited by the Singapore Nursing Board.

The University of Sydney is Australia’s first university, founded in 1850

  • Ranked 1st in Australia and 13th in the world for University nursing education and research excellence (QS World University Rankings 2016)
  • Ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16)
  • A member of the Group of Eight (Australia’s prestigious research-intensive universities)
  • Over 20 years of partnership with SIM in education of healthcare professionals

By completing this programme, students will:

  • Gain comprehensive overview of contemporary research philosophy and methodologies
  • Enhance their knowledge of ethical considerations, research design, data collection, data management and analysis
  • Develop further their skills for comprehensively searching, reviewing and critiquing research literature; constructing a concise thesis argument; and presenting their findings to peers
  • Be familiar with higher degree research studies and research in a clinical setting.


Awarded by:

Course Start Date & End Date

2 Years Part-Time   :   January, July

**Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) offshore in Singapore may only enrol part-time in order to meet Singapore Nursing Board requirements for their research projects.


Total: S$23,540.00

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST

The course fees are applicable to Jan 2018 intake.

The programme fee does not include repeat courses, textbooks, airfares and accommodation expenses.

Scholarships & Awards

Selected candidates will be awarded up to 50% SIM-University of Sydney scholarship



Online Application Closing Date:

January 2018 Intake - 23 October 2017

Learn research to advance nursing career

The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) programme is a two-year research degree programme, comprising 2 study units and a thesis.

Students will work with research supervisors to develop both the theoretical and practical components of their individual honours project.

Accreditation & Professional Recognition

Accredited by the Singapore Nursing Board

Further Education

Graduates may progress to doctoral studies and the option to undertake a research career.

Career Prospects

Eligible to apply and gain entry to a PhD. The research training is also a valuable asset for any nurse because of the emphasis on evidence-based nursing. It may be seen as an advantage for gaining promotion.

Teaching Faculty

Fully taught by Sydney Nursing School academics

Mode of Delivery

Blended learning comprising:

  • On-campus Research Workshops*
  • Individual Research Supervision Meetings
  • E-Learning*

*Students are required to attend a 5 days research theory workshop which is held at Sydney Nursing School as part of their candidature.  Students will have access to the Sydney eLearning platform as well as the Research Hub, which is a shared online space for all research degree students at Sydney Nursing School.

Programme Calendar

Year 1 Semester 1
NURS 4020: Theory, Method & Ethics in Research

Year 1 Semester 2
NURS 4021: Honours Thesis A

Year 2 Semester 1
NURS 4022: Honours Thesis B

Year 2 Semester 2
NURS 4023: Honours Thesis C

Click here for description of modules

Period of Candidature

To complete within 3 years of first enrolment.

Students who did not complete in the maximum period of candidature may apply for extension.

Students may be granted a suspension of candidature in certain circumstances.

Students who fail to complete the programme within the candidature period are not entitled to any recourse or refund.

Minimum Class Size

For a class to commence, there must be a minimum of one student.


Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent awarded by the University of Sydney with a credit average or above; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications from other universities with a minimum of WAM of 65; AND
  • Current registration as a registered nurse in Australia OR a country other than Australia; AND
  • English language proficiency requirements as detailed in the faculty resolutions.


  • Qualifications must have been completed less than 10 years prior to application.
  • Qualifications older than 10 years will be considered subject to the applicant providing further information substantiating appropriate continuing education and development. In these cases, admission will be at the discretion of the Dean.
  • Candidates who do not meet the above criteria may be admitted by the Dean on the advice of the Associate Dean (Research).
  • Entry will be on a case-by-case basis; however a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or 65% (credit average) will be the benchmark for admission.
  • Students are required to provide a brief research proposal when they submit their application.

Total: S$23,540.00

The above fees are inclusive of prevailing GST and payable in four instalments.  The amount of each instalment is dependent on the number of units undertaken for each semester.  Fees do not include textbooks, airfares and accommodation expenses.

Application Fee applies


Scholarships & Awards

Selected candidates will be awarded up to 50% SIM-University of Sydney scholarship


Exemption Eligibility



Lecturers & Teaching Modules

Average teacher:student ratio: 1 : 2



Students are required to complete 3 assessment components:

  1. Research seminar presentation (10%)
  2. Literature review of 5,000- 6,000 words (10%)
  3. 15,000 word thesis (80%)

Attendance requirement

This is a research degree and students are allocated a supervisor. The course attendance is a one-week compulsory attendance in Sydney at the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery for research theory where academics with research expertise will conduct classes.


On completion, graduates will receive the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours).


Graduates can take part in the Graduation Ceremony on SIM campus.