Honours Degree of Bachelor of Psychological Science

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.

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^
  • Gain a competitive career edge

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

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 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 further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 3BH020
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Selection Criteria
Higher Education Study Graduate entry only. Please note: applications for this program for 2023 entry close via SATAC on Monday 17 October 2022.

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from an approved university with a GPA over 5. The 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: https://www.psychologycouncil.org.au/ Applicants who have an overseas qualification should supply a certified copy of the assessment of their qualifications by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Information on having your qualification assessed by APS can be found at: https://www.psychology.org.au/About-Us/What-we-do/Assessing-overseas-qualifications

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
Humanitarian Entry Pathway: Do you wish to be considered for the Humanitarian entry pathway? You can apply for this either alone or in addition to the main pathway. In order to be eligible, you must have originally entered Australia as a refugee. Please provide evidence in the form of a refugee/ Humanitarian visa by emailing askhealthsc@adelaide.edu.au with attention to the Admissions Officer.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway: The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who participate in its programs, and makes particular effort to encourage Indigenous students to participate in health education. This degree has allocated a number of places just for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. Please contact the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student Support Officer via email at fhms.sso@adelaide.edu.au to discuss your interest in applying. A

boriginal and Torres Strait Islander application process.
1. You should contact the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student Support Officer to discuss your interest in applying - fhms.sso@adelaide.edu.au
2. Submit a South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC) application online.
3. Submit the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Declaration Form. You may upload the form as part of your SATAC application or submit a hard copy within five working days of submitting your SATAC application to Level 6, 431 King William Street, Adelaide.

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $8,280

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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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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—within schools.
  • 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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. 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, Mental Health Worker

Degree Structure

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 research component, 9 units will be 3 compulsory courses and 3-units will be from 1 of 2 elective choices.

Part-time enrolment is limited. Students who are accepted into a part-time load need to complete all the coursework in the first year and the research component 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 research component 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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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
PSYCHOL (new course - code TBA) Applied Psychological Interventions & Research

PSYCHOL 4312 Forensic and Correctional Psychology
PSYCHOL 4309 Mind, Brain & Behaviour

Research Dissertation
Students must complete either:
PSYCHOL 4300A Honours Thesis in Psychology Part 1
PSYCHOL 4300B Honours Thesis in Psychology Part 2


PSYCHOL 4311A Honours Psychology Research Project Part 1
PSYCHOL 4311B Honours Psychology Research Project 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.

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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.

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Last updated: Monday, 21 Nov 2022