Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), students must complete 400 credit points comprising of:

  • 4 Core units of study (50 credit points)
  • 13 Psychology discipline major units of study (187.5 credit points)
  • 1 fourth year psychology or cognate discipline elective from a list of specified alternatives (12.5 credit points)

  • Secondary studies comprising a second major, minor/s, student enrichment studies or electives, as applicable (150 credit points)

Students may not complete more than 150 cps (normally 12 units) at Introductory Level. A unit of study can only be counted once. Where units are shared between majors and/or minors, students must choose an approved alternate.

Students entering the program at the fourth year must complete 100 credit points comprising:

  • 5 specified fourth year psychology discipline major units of study (87.5 credit points)
  • 1 fourth year Psychology or cognate discipline elective from a list of specified alternatives (12.5 credit points) 

Honours Calculation

The total Honours Result is based on the weighted average of units, with the following descriptive outcomes:

  • H1A – First Class Honours 80% - 100%
  • H2A – Second Class Honours A 70% - 79%
  • H2B – Second Class Honours B 60% to 69%
  • H3 – Third Class honours 50% - 59%.

Units included in calculation and weighting:

  • PSY40001 Advanced Quantitative Methods (12.5 credit points), weighting of 12.5% in final honours result
  • PSY40006 Psychological Assessment (12.5 credit points), weighting of 12.5% in final honours result
  • PSY40005 Ethics and Professional Issues in Psychology (12.5 credit points), weighting of 12.5% in final honours result
  • PSY40009 Honours Thesis A (25 credit points), weighting of 25% in final honours result
  • PSY40002 Honours Thesis B (25 credit points), weighting of 25% in final honours result.

Electives (students choose ONE):

  • PSY40004 Current Issues in Social Psychology or
  • PSY40008 Counselling Psychology or
  • NEU40002 Neuroscience Methods or
  • NEU40001 Neuropsychology Methods

Whichever elective is completed will be weighted at 12.5% in the final honours result.

Maximum Academic Credit

The maximum credit that can be granted for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is 150 credit points normally 12 units). This allows students to complete the required APAC accredited psychology unit sequence.

Graduate Entry into Fourth Year
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) graduate entry is 300 credit points (normally twenty four units). This can only be granted in the case where the applicant has completed an APAC-accredited three-year undergraduate sequence or equivalent. Credit may not be granted for units in the fourth year of the program.