Honours Degree of Bachelor of Psychology (Advanced)
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.
This degree is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required. If you are a continuing student in the degree and are unable to attend campus, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.
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For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|2021 CSP ATAR||98.05|
|2021 CSP IB||37|
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
|Lowest ATAR to receive an offer||85|
|Median ATAR to receive an offer||96.2|
|Highest ATAR to receive an offer||99.85|
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer||98.05|
|Median Selection Rank to receive an offer||99.1|
|Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer||99.95|
|Minimum eligibility score||90|
|Additional criteria considered||Selection rank only|
|Recent Secondary Education||Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. 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). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Additional Entry Requirements||
Year 12 applicants must obtain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 95 or higher (or equivalent).
|Higher Education Study||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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Work and life experience||To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Other Entry Pathways|
|Applicant background||Semester one/Full year intake 2021|
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study||n/a||N/A|
|(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
|(D) Recent secondary education:|
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||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|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)||90%|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||96|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||90%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1520|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||13|
|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||93%|
|Monash Foundation Year||85|
|Trinity College Foundation Studies Program||86|
|UNSW Foundation Year||9|
|University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program||8.0|
|Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||75|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||6.0|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||88|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||Not accepted|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||Not accepted|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||A|
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $40,500|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
- 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 University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Community Services Officer, Counsellor, Health Promotion Professional, Welfare Officer, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Mental Health Worker
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.
There are a range of pathways to becoming a registered psychologist, including completing a 2-year Masters program.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
Research Methods in Psychology
|Open Elective Level 1||Broadening Elective|
Technology in Psychological Research and Practice
|Open Elective Level 1||Broadening Elective|
Doing Research in Psychology
Foundations of Perception & Cognition
Psychology in Society
Foundations of Health & Lifespan
|Open Elective Level 2||Open Elective Level 2|
Advanced Career and Research Skills in Psychology: Part 1
Individual Differences, Personality & Assess
|PSYCHOL 3027 Psychology, Science & Society||PSYCHOL 3026
Learning & Behaviour
Advanced Career and Research Skills in Psychology: Part 2
Doing Research in Psych: Advanced
Health & Lifespan Developmental Psych
|PSYCHOL 3023 Perception & Cognition|
Honours Thesis in Psychology Pt 1 (6 units)
Research Methods and Statistics
PSYCHOL 4206 Indigenous Psychological Health
Mind, Brain & Behaviour
Honours Thesis in Psychology Pt 2 (6 units)
Current Issues in Psychology
Advanced Psychology in Society
PSYCHOL 4208 Organisational Psychology
"The degree has let me explore all of these facets of psychology I hadn't considered before. You really get to see the way psychology is integrated into the world more than you think."
Nicola SealBachelor of Psychological Science
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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021