Honours Degree of Bachelor of Psychology (Advanced)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 4 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334701
CRICOS 097488B

Understand how people think, feel and behave

Psychology is a fascinating field of study concerned with minds and mental health.

Psychology students develop important skills that enable them to understand their own and others’ behaviour, help people, solve social problems, and critically analyse information.

What will you do?

Our new Honours Degree of Bachelor of Psychology (Advanced) will give you the knowledge and qualities needed to kickstart your career in psychology. You will:

  • solve high-level problems and analyse human behaviour
  • develop listening, empathy and interviewing skills
  • explore cyber-psychology, human ethics, social media and online safety
  • address real-world global issues and learn how psychology can make a difference
  • gain valuable experience with psychological tests and counselling
  • design and undertake meaningful research projects.

Note: You must maintain a GPA of 6 to progress through this degree.

 Where could it take you?

Your degree will equip you with skills and knowledge about human thinking and behaviour that many different employers value, including for working with children, the police, in education, health promotion, training and assessment in organisations, marketing, counselling, career guidance, research and more. You’ll also be eligible to apply for Masters-level courses in Psychology that will enable you to become a registered psychologist. 

This degree is conditionally accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334701
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February.
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors ).
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Year 12 applicants must obtain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 95 or higher (or equivalent).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2019 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2017). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 334701

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 097488B
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 95
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 37
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 23
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 13
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 90
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 6.4
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 96
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] 95%
    SAT [US] 1520
    Abitur 1.6
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 9.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.55
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 88
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 88
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 430
    ANU Foundation Studies 81
    Monash Foundation Year 82.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 86
    UNSW Foundation Year 8.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 8.0
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 77
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 6.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 88
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,900

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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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
    • government and policy
    • public and private sector management
    • evaluation and applied research
    • private sector administration and management
    • not-for-profit and aid services
    • mental health services
    • youth work
    • family and social services
    • juvenile justice and corrective services
    • relationship counselling
    The Bachelor of Psychology (Advanced) (Honours) is the first step towards many careers including as a registered psychologist.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Professional Accreditation

    This degree is conditionally accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

    Potential careers

    Psychologist, Psychotherapist

  • Degree Structure

    The Bachelor of Psychology (Advanced) (Honours) is a rigorous degree that will require students to maintain a GPA of 6 to progress through the degree. The degree includes the standard accredited psychology pathway.

    In addition, the first year of the degree extends the interface between psychology and technology, particularly how it applies to research and practice. Consideration is given to cyber-psychology, human ethics, social media and online safety, gambling and, how web-based tools improve health outcomes. This year also allows students to expand their horizon by undertaking broadening electives outside of psychology.

    Second year has an extension into international psychology and takes the focus to a global context. A broader perspective of psychology will delve into world consciousness and cultural intelligence; along with the influence personality and intelligence has on cultural behaviours. During this year students will be given the opportunity to collaborate with other university students providing a perspective of psychology in different cultural settings.

    Students will develop their research and career-readiness skills in the third year. This year will prepare students for leadership, research, policy or practice, whilst laying the foundation for honours in fourth year. Students will be exposed to business analytics, developments in big data, along with project and communication management skills.

    Honours in fourth year, allows students to undertake independent research which is tailored to their area of interest.

    To become a registered psychologist, students need to complete a 2-year Masters program followed by supervised practice.

    Academic Program Rules

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

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

    Example Study Plan

    Level I

    PSYCHOL 1000 
    Psychology IA

    PSYCHOL 1004
    Research Methods in Psychology
    Open Elective Level 1 Broadening Elective
    S2 PSYCHOL 1001
    Psychology IB
    Technology in Psychological Research and Practice
    Open Elective Level 1 Broadening Elective
    Level II
    S1 PSYCHOL 2004
    Doing Research in Psychology
    PSYCHOL 2006
    Foundations of Perception & Cognition
    International Psychology
    Broadening Elective
    S2 PSYCHOL 2007
    Psychology in Society
    PSYCHOL 2005
    Foundations of Health & Lifespan
    Open Elective Level 2 Open Elective Level 2
    Level III
    Advanced Career and Research Skills in Psychology: Part 1
    PSYCHOL 3022
    Individual Differences, Personality & Assess
    PSYCHOL 3027 Psychology, Science & Society PSYCHOL 3026
    Learning & Behaviour
    Advanced Career and Research Skills in Psychology: Part 2
    PSYCHOL 3020
    Doing Research in Psych: Advanced
    PSYCHOL 3021
    Health & Lifespan Developmental Psych
    PSYCHOL 3023 Perception & Cognition
    Honours:Level IV
    S1 PSYCHOL 4200
    Honours Thesis in Psychology Pt 1 (6 units)
    PSYCHOL 4201
    Research Methods and Statistics
    One of:
    PSYCHOL 4206 Indigenous Psychological Health
    PSYCHOL 4209
    Mind, Brain & Behaviour
    S2 PSYCHOL 4200
    Honours Thesis in Psychology Pt 2 (6 units)
    PSYCHOL 4202
    Current Issues in Psychology
    One of:
    PSYCHOL 4204
    Advanced Psychology in Society
    PSYCHOL 4208 Organisational Psychology


    Assessment in this degree will be related to the real-world and will be a combination of reflective exercises, case studies, problem solving tasks, tutorial participation and written examinations. Both face-to-face and online methodologies will be used.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 22 May 2019