Overview

The Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) is designed to equip you with the theory, skills, and research training that’s necessary for employment within the sector.

You’ll gain skills in project management, writing and oral presentations, and the ability to work as part of a team.

View the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) course handbook
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Skills you’ll learn

  • Application of health science
  • Application of technology
  • Health Science research skills
  • Professional and ethical behaviours
  • Personal and professional development

Your career opportunities

  • Health Science researcher
  • Health Science administrator
  • Community health development officer
  • Health promotion officer
  • Clinical trials coordinator
  • Hospital scientist

Key codes

CRICOS course code
088687C
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Why Swinburne?

Ranked Top 500 in Public Health

ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

The only uni in Australia to have both MRI and MEG at a single site

Ranked Top 250 in Psychology

Times Higher Education World University Ranking by Subject 2023

ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

Qualifications

To be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) course, a student must have satisfied the requirements of an undergraduate pass degree with a relevant Health Science major or equivalent (normally completed within the last five years), from a university approved by Swinburne. To be considered for selection, the student must have achieved, as a minimum, an average level of attainment of a credit or better, in an appropriate undergraduate course (and/or range of disciplines) considered by the School of Health Science to be acceptable for entry into the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) course. Students who achieve at least two distinctions or better in third year units may also be considered. Agreement of a Project Supervisor for the Honours Research Project proposed is mandatory.

Requests for academic credit will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) course, a student must have satisfied the requirements of an undergraduate pass degree with a relevant Health Science major or equivalent (normally completed within the last five years), from a university approved by Swinburne. To be considered for selection, the student must have achieved, as a minimum, an average level of attainment of a credit or better, in an appropriate undergraduate course (and/or range of disciplines) considered by the School of Health Science to be acceptable for entry into the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) course. Students who achieve at least two distinctions or better in third year units may also be considered. Agreement of a Project Supervisor for the Honours Research Project proposed is mandatory.

Requests for academic credit will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

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Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about credit

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about RPL

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Health Science (Honours), students must complete 100 credit points comprising:

  • 2 core coursework units - one research methods unit and one data management unit
  • 2 project units 

All units allow students to focus on a topic from one of the following discipline areas: Applied Statistics and Epidemiology; Biomedical Science; Health Across the Life Span; Health Communication; Cognitive Neuroscience; Nutrition; Clinical Trials; Psychophysiology; or other health-related specialist areas.

2
Core units
+
2
Project units
=
Honours degree

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Honours Research Training
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
HEA40002
Honours Research Project
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
HEA40003

Project unit options

Students choose one of the following Advanced Research Methods units and Data Management units according to their chosen academic specialisation.

Units of study Unit code
Advanced Research Methods units
Advanced Research Methods in Health Sciences
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
HEA40001
Neuroscience Methods
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NEU40002
Neuropsychology Methods
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
NEU40001
And
Data Management units
Statistical Practice 1
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
STA60001
Research Design
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
STA60004
Advanced Quantitative Methods
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY40001

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$8,948

Total fee* ($AUD)

$8,948

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$38,340.00

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply to 2023 unit enrolments for HE Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Undergraduate Full Fee Paying (FFP) only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to you if you are eligible and enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount. You can also choose to pay your fees up front. 

Find out more about fees

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.
Learn more about paying your fees

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Learn more about SSAF

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

Learn more about scholarships

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Learn more about scholarships

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
BH-HSC
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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! 

Please note that while you are encouraged to speak to staff about project areas and supervision, you do not have to include a detailed description of an honours project. A simple sentence will suffice, providing us with an indication of your interests in general. You will have the opportunity to provide this while completing the online application.

Applicants in their final year of study are encouraged to apply.

Non-Swinburne applicants will need to provide an official academic transcript (and proof of completion if applicable).

Course code
BH-HSC
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Course code
BH-HSC
CRICOS code
088687C
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Start dates
Location
Last date to apply
Start dates
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
21-February-2024
Start dates
26-February-2024
Start dates
Location
Start dates
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
26-February-2024
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