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Honours Degree of Bachelor of Psychological Science

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equiv.


CRICOS 080991D

The honours degree is available to students who have completed a three-year psychology degree, the one-year graduate-entry Bachelor of Psychological Science, or a major in psychology or equivalent. This is a one-year full-time honours degree that a graduate of the Bachelor of Psychological Science or equivalent accredited degree may apply for. This degree is highly competitive and has a limited intake each year. It consists of 50% thesis requirement and 50% coursework spread over four courses.
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,350

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    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500


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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Psychology prepares graduates for a range of exciting careers that require superior problem-solving, critical thinking and understanding of human behaviour, such as:

    • human resource management
    • advertising and marketing
    • evaluation and applied research
    • mental health services
    • youth work
    • family and social services
    • public and private sector management
    • juvenile justice and corrective services
    • relationship counselling
    • residential care worker
    • private sector administration and management
    • correctional services
    With further study, graduates can be employed in areas such as:

    • Clinical psychology—specialising in the assessment, treatment and prevention of a wide range of emotional and behavioural problems.
    • Health psychology—learning skills in illness prevention and treatment in public health settings.
    • Organisational psychology—applying knowledge of human behaviour to the enhancement of organisational effectiveness, productivity and individual wellbeing.
    • Clinical neuropsychology—specialising in the assessment and treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders associated with dysfunction of brain processes or head injury.
    • Counselling psychology—helping individuals, families and other groups with issues related to personal wellbeing, interpersonal relationships, work, recreation, health and crisis management.
    • Educational psychology—working within schools or the public service.
    • Sport and exercise psychology—helping individuals and teams develop the skills needed to enhance performance and enjoyment when participating in physical activity.
    • Research/academic psychology—applying skills to the advancement and communication of knowledge relating to psychology.
    • Geropsychology—applying practical knowledge of primary prevention strategies, clinical intervention and rehabilitation for older people.
    Registration as a psychologist
    A minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia. The six-year sequence at the University of Adelaide begins with the three-year Bachelor of Psychological Science, then the one-year Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), and then with a two-year Master of Psychology or combined four-year PhD/ Master of Psychology. On successful completion of a Masters of Psychology degree, a graduate may apply to the Psychology Board of Australia and register as a psychologist.

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    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    This degree has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Graduates will be eligible to apply for a further two-year postgraduate qualification. This sequence of study will lead to registration as a psychologist.

    Potential careers

    Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Organisational Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Educational & Developmental Psychologist, Psychologist, Sports & Exercise Psychologist, Health Psychologist

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  • Degree Structure
    Honours Psychology is normally taken as a full-time program over one year. To complete the program candidates are required to:
    • undertake an examination in the compulsory topic “Current Issues in Psychology”
    • undertake an examination in the compulsory topic “Research Methods and Statistics”
    • undertake examinations in two elective coursework topics
    • attend the compulsory Honours Research Seminar series
    • submit a research proposal for independent evaluation
    • present for examination a thesis that reports a research project carried out under supervision
    Honours can be completed full-time (1-year) or part-time (2 consecutive years). Students completing a full-time load need to complete 24 units from which 12 units will be the thesis, 6 units will be 2 compulsory courses and 6-units will be 2 elective choices.

    Part-time enrolment is limited. Students will need to provide a letter stating grounds for part-time consideration.  Students who are accepted into a part-time load need to complete all the coursework in the first year and the thesis in the second year.

    Due to accreditation requirements, it is not possible to offer a combined honours degree in Psychology and another discipline. At best, a student may engage a co-supervisor from another discipline, however the thesis must be clearly psychological in nature (and the internal supervisor from Psychology must of course agree to co-supervision with someone external to the School).

    Application Process

    Honours Application 

    Intending applicant handbook 

    Applicants whose degree is older than 10 years are not eligible to apply.

    Applications for the Honours year need to be submitted through the School of Psychology.

    The criterion for selection is based on academic merit within courses of psychology. The Selection Committee ranks applications on this basis.

    Entry into Honours is based strictly on the academic performance of psychology courses taken at Level II and Level III. The formula is as follows:

    Weighted Average = (Level II psych x 40% weighting) + (Level III psych x 60% weighting)

    Offers are made in rank order according to the calculated weighted averages

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Core Courses
    PSYCHOL 4201 Research Methodology & Statistics
    PSYCHOL 4202 Current Issues in Contemporary Psychology

    Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:
    PSYCHOL 4203 Advanced Developmental Psychology
    PSYCHOL 4204 Advanced Psychology in Society
    PSYCHOL 4208 Organisational Psychology
    PSYCHOL 4209 Mind, Brain & Behaviour

    Research Dissertation
    Students must complete a thesis:
    PSYCHOL 4200A Honours Thesis in Psychology Part 1
    PSYCHOL 4200B Honours Thesis in Psychology Part 2


    Assessment will be based on a combination of examinations, attendance at the compulsory Honours Research Seminar series, submission of a research proposal for independent evaluation, and the presentation of a thesis that reports a research project carried out under supervision.

    Semester 1 examinations will be rostered during the official examination period. Please note Semester 2 examinations will be held in October 2017, outside the official University examination period.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017


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