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.



Note: 
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.


  • World Top 200 Psychology School*
  • 23% industry growth predicted by 2025^
  • Full-year research project in area of interest

*QS world rankings, 2021
^Imip.gov.au, Occupation Predictions

Entry Requirements

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.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 334701
2021 CSP ATAR 98.05
2021 CSP IB 37
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(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
Selection Rank
(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
Selection Criteria
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
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 334701

Student Profile
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)
15 16.0%
(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)
N/A N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
38 40.4%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
40 42.6%
International students <5 N/A
All students 94 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
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Scholarships

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

Community Services Officer, Counsellor, Health Promotion Professional, Welfare Officer, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Mental Health Worker

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.

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.

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

Example Study Plan

Level I
S1

PSYCHOL 1000 
Psychology IA

PSYCHOL 1004
Research Methods in Psychology
Open Elective Level 1 Broadening Elective
S2 PSYCHOL 1001
Psychology IB
PSYCHOL 1XXX
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
PSYCHOL 2XXX
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
S1 PSYCHOL 3XXX
Advanced Career and Research Skills in Psychology: Part 1
PSYCHOL 3022
Individual Differences, Personality & Assess
PSYCHOL 3027 Psychology, Science & Society PSYCHOL 3026
Learning & Behaviour
S2 PSYCHOL 3XXX
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

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.

Discover psychology at the University of Adelaide

"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 Seal

Bachelor of Psychological Science

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021