The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) degree allows high-performing students to deepen their knowledge of approaches, perspectives and traditions in psychology and undertake a significant research project.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Science
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended), Research
Award
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
Commencing Terms
Term 1
Duration (Full Time)
1 Year(s)

Overview

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) consists of a year-long major independent research project (completed under the guidance of an academic supervisor), and a thesis based on the project. In addition, you'll complete advanced core and elective coursework.

The research project may be undertaken in most areas of psychology, such as:

  • psychopathology
  • behavioural neuroscience
  • cognitive science
  • cognition and perception
  • forensic psychology
  • social, personality and developmental psychology.

The coursework requirement includes content that encompasses history, professional ethics, evidence-based practice and advanced coverage of selected contemporary issues in psychology.

This degree also provides an academic foundation for you to continue on to a master's by coursework, a master's by research or a PhD.

Please note this program cannot be completed part-time. 

Key features

  • Professional recognition
    The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited Level 2 program. It satisfies the minimum requirement for provisional registration. Honours is the next step towards becoming a registered psychologist. You must complete an honours program to be eligible for entry into a psychology master's degree.
  • Research experience
    In this program, you'll conduct a major research project under the guidance of one of our expert academic supervisors. Your research project can be taken in most areas of psychology. Successful completion of this professional and highly competitive degree will prepare you for the Master of Psychology degree. 
  • Flexibility of choice
    Find a supervisor working in an area you're passionate about and tailor your project to your interests. Some areas of research include forensic psychology, developmental psychology, psychopathology, health psychology, language, cognitive science, neuroscience and vision science. 
  • Wide range of career opportunities
    Psychologists deal with more than just mental health – they apply their knowledge to relationships, workplace stress and financial challenges. The modern-day psychologist may work across a range of environments including health, business, sport, marketing, human resources, education and more. Using your skills in psychology, you may be responsible for facilitating organisational change, exploring new ways of thinking or influencing marketing campaigns.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Learn with the best
UNSW Science is at the forefront of many new scientific developments, teaching and innovation. We’re responsive to the needs of industry, adaptive to change and take an innovative approach to teaching and learning. We’re ranked 24th in the world for psychology.*

Learn from industry-leading educators
You come to university to learn from the experts – researchers who are leaders in their fields, striving to create new knowledge. The School of Psychology is well known for its research tradition. Many of our staff have international reputations in their respective fields and a number are Fellows of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. Our staff attract several million dollars in external research funds per year. Our staff publications receive more citations than any other psychology department in Australia and we have one of the highest rates of PhD graduations in psychology of any Australian university. We earn more competitive research funding and publish more Tier 1 journal articles per academic than any other psychology school in Australia.

Access cutting-edge facilities
Our teaching facilities include world-leading behavioural neuroscience laboratories and cognitive testing laboratories running specialist software that will allow you to design/implement your own psychological research and analyse/interpret the data you collect. You’ll also gain access to laboratories for the analysis of cognition and brain function, including electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and eye-tracking.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

 

Program Code
4518
CRICOS Code
085130J
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
Indicative Enrolments
29

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Entry requirements

The number of places available for honours varies from year to year and depends upon the availability of School resources. Entry requirements vary depending on whether you are an internal or external applicant.

Internal applicants

An internal applicant is a student who completes an APAC-accredited undergraduate (or bridging) sequence in psychology at UNSW the year immediately prior to commencing honours. For example, a student completing at any point during 2022 will be considered an internal applicant for the 2023 honours year.

Entry into this program is competitive and is subject to academic performance, based on your Psychology Average (Distinction minimum). For more information on how the Psychology Average is calculated, see the handbook.

Please note that places are subject to availability and will be awarded based on academic performance. There is no preference given to any particular psychology sequence in gaining entry to honours and honours is the same for all students, regardless of the degree program in which they completed their undergraduate psychology major sequence.

External applicants

The number of places available for external applicants (if any) varies from year to year and depends upon the availability of School resources.

The minimum requirement for eligibility to apply for the honours year is to complete an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited undergraduate (or bridging) sequence in psychology, with a psychology WAM of 80 or better, within the last 10 years. Anyone with international psychology qualifications must have them assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) prior to submitting an application.

Adjustment Factors


We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

HSC Plus 
This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree. You may be awarded up to five points. 

Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) 
This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Admission pathways


Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

Progression requirements

Entry into this Honours program is competitive and subject to academic performance, based on your Psychology Average (Distinction minimum) within your degree.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Admission pathways


UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

Progression requirements

Entry into this Honours program is competitive and subject to academic performance, based on your Psychology Average (Distinction minimum) within your degree.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

Students will conduct a year-long major independent research project (completed under the guidance of an academic supervisor), and write a thesis based on the project. In addition, students complete advanced core and elective coursework in both Term 1 and Term 2.

The honours year begins in late January with a mandatory orientation meeting for all honours students. This is typically held in the final week of January and details will be supplied to successful applicants when they are advised of their application outcome.

Full program structure

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is made up of 48 units of credit taken over one year of full-time study.

Type

Units of Credit (UOC)

Number of courses

Coursework

18

2

Research thesis

30

3

 

Coursework

Future careers

  • Psychologist 
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Organisational Psychologist
  • Management Consultant
  • Forensic Psychologist

Accreditation

How to apply

Applications open on 1 August and close on 15 November. Please note the application process differs depending on whether you are an internal or external applicant.

External applicants

If you have completed your APAC-accredited undergraduate (or bridging) sequence outside of UNSW, or graduated from UNSW over a year ago, you are considered an external applicant.

Before applying, prospective honours students should:

  1. Read the program handbook
  2. Read the School’s step-by-step guide to applying (note this guide is different to that for internal applicants)
  3. Check out the honours Frequently Asked Questions

Once you've completed the above, you’re ready to submit via Apply Online, providing the documentation required.

Internal applicants

You are considered an internal applicant if you have completed your APAC-accredited undergraduate (or bridging) sequence in psychology at UNSW, in the year immediately prior to commencing your honours year.

Find out more about the application process for internal applicants.

Ready to apply?

Applications open on 1 August and close on 15 November. Please note the application process differs depending on whether you are an internal or external applicant.

External applicants

If you have completed your APAC-accredited undergraduate (or bridging) sequence outside of UNSW, or graduated from UNSW over a year ago, you are considered an external applicant.

Before applying, prospective honours students should:

  1. Read the program handbook
  2. Read the School’s step-by-step guide to applying (note this guide is different to that for internal applicants)
  3. Check out the honours Frequently Asked Questions

Once you've completed the above, you’re ready to submit via Apply Online, providing the documentation required.

Internal applicants

You are considered an internal applicant if you have completed your APAC-accredited undergraduate (or bridging) sequence in psychology at UNSW, in the year immediately prior to commencing your honours year.

Find out more about the application process for internal applicants.

Ready to apply?

Fees & Scholarships

2022 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$8,020*

Commonwealth Supported Place: Student Contribution Band 4

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the university and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included.

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$49,720*
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$49,720*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


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    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

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    Employable Graduates

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