Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours)

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Cloud CampusYes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$6,349 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

CRICOS course code022551J
Deakin course code H451

Course sub-headings

Course overview

An honours year in psychology is useful for both those pursuing a career as a psychologist, and those preparing for postgraduate study.

During the honours year, students who have previously completed a relevant undergraduate degree learn a range of psychological assessment methods, plus get an understanding of the process of formulating psychological opinion in casework. The research and analytical skills you develop in your honours year will strengthen the quality of your research projects, and become indispensable tools in your future career.

Possible career options include work in mental and general hospitals and clinics, business and industry, education, the criminal justice system, media, marketing, sport and research. If you choose to pursue full registration as a psychologist, you may find employment in a variety of settings including clinical, forensic, organisational, educational, health, sport and many other specialist areas.

This course is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia and is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). As a graduate you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist and for entry to APAC accredited Master or Doctoral level training programs that lead to registration as a psychologist.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia and is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours) students must attain 8 credit points.

Psychology Honours consists of two components: coursework and a thesis.

The coursework component (consisting of classes and seminars) contributes 50% to the final grade of Honours awarded. As required by the accreditation guidelines of the Australian Psychological Society, the coursework covers:

  • research methods;
  • professional, conceptual and ethical issues in the science and practice of psychology;
  • issues in psychological assessment; and
  • counselling and interpersonal skills.

For further details of the coursework component, see the unit description for HPS425 and HPS426.

The thesis component (see HPS427 and HPS428) contributes 50% to the final grade of honours awarded. The thesis is a write-up (current length approximately 9000 words) of an individual research project based on an original piece of empirical research. A range of types of data (qualitative, quantitative, subjective, objective) and a range of data-collection settings and methodologies can be used as the basis of the thesis component.

The thesis is submitted in two parts:

  • a 4000 word literature review submitted mid-year and
  • a 5000-word report on the empirical component submitted in October.

The literature review and empirical report section of the thesis typically contribute 15% and 35% respectively to the final mark for the thesis component. Both sections are marked by two independent markers.

Attendance and presentation at the annual School Fourth Year Conference is a hurdle requirement. Students enrolled in the CLOUD online mode have the option to attend or undertake an alternative assessment.

Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

HPS425Honours in Psychology Part A

HPS427Honours in Psychology Part C

Trimester 2

HPS426Honours in Psychology Part B

HPS428Honours in Psychology Part D

Entry requirements - general

Applications are invited from graduates holding a degree from Deakin  with an approved three-year sequence in psychology or Deakin University’s Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science.

Applicants must have a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in Research Methods B or equivalent unit, and will be ranked for selection on the basis of their level-2 and level-3 Psychology core units (including Research Methods B).

There is a quota on places in the Psychology Honours program and meeting the above criteria does not guarantee acceptance into Psychology Honours. It is worth noting that the minimum mark average of Level 2 and Level 3 psychology core units (i.e. the mark 'cut-off') required for entry to Honours in recent years has been at or above 75%.

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


You should be able to commit 35 hours a week to your honours degree