Honours Degree of Bachelor of Psychological Science

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3BH020
CRICOS 080991D

Turn high-achieving into a higher degree

Our Honours Degree of Bachelor of Psychological Science offers the necessary foundation for postgraduate research and registration as a psychologist.

It is available to students who have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in psychology, a three year psychology degree from an accredited institution, or our Bachelor of Psychological Science.

What will you do?

  • Undertake a major research project chosen from an area of psychology.
  • Partner with an academic mentor who’ll support and encourage your academic progress.
  • Work alongside potential employers in the industry and benefit from extensive industry links.
  • Build advanced data analysis, team management, and research presentation skills.

Where could it take you?

Honours graduates can apply to further postgraduate studies in health psychology, clinical psychology, or organisational and human factors psychology. However, an honours degree will also give you a competitive edge in a wide variety of human-centred professions. You could become a social psychologist, doing large-scale research to change the way we go about our lives. You might work in community services with people of all ages and backgrounds. Perhaps you’ll move into market research and advertising.

Applications to this program must be addressed directly to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences via application form. Please refer to Entry Requirements below.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 3BH020
    Intake February.
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Higher Education Study Graduate entry only. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from an approved university (less than 10 years old). The undergraduate degree must be equivalent to an Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three year major sequence of study in Psychology. For information on accrediation please see: http://www.psychologycouncil.org.au/faqs/ Applicants will be ranked for an offer based on academic performance of psychology courses taken at Level II and Level III. The formula used to calculate this weighted average score is as follows: Weighted Average = (Level II Psychology courses x 50% weighting) + (Level III Psychology courses x 50% weighting) Quotas apply.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3BH020

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 080991D
    Intake February and July
    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
    C1 Advanced 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
    Tertiary Qualifications A completed Bachelor degree or equivalent (or higher) that includes the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited Psychology sequence
    • GPA of 5.0 (ATAR not applicable)
    • Applicants will be ranked for an offer based on academic performance in psychology courses (subjects) taken at Level II and Level III.
    • Strict quotas apply
    How to Apply
    * Please note this is a highly competitive program. All applicants will be ranked for offer after applications close. Offers will be issued to successful applicants once ranking is finalised in December

    Application information for international students
    Important application deadlines for international students
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,680

    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
    • 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.

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

    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

  • 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 assessment in the compulsory topic “Current Issues in Psychology”
    • undertake an assessment in the compulsory topic “Research Methods and Statistics”
    • undertake assessment 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).

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    Application Process

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Core Courses
    PSYCHOL 4301 Research Methodology & Statistics
    PSYCHOL 4302 Current Issues in Psychology

    Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:
    PSYCHOL 4310 Human Behaviour & Criminal Justice
    PSYCHOL 4304 Advanced Psychology in Society
    PSYCHOL 4308 Organisational Psychology
    PSYCHOL 4309 Mind, Brain & Behaviour

    Research Dissertation
    Students must complete a thesis:
    PSYCHOL 4300A Honours Thesis in Psychology Part 1
    PSYCHOL 4300B 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 2018, outside the official University examination period.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020