Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
Course summary for local students
|Award granted||Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)|
|Length||1 year full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$6,152 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Health - Student and Academic Services
|CRICOS course code||022030A|
|Deakin course code||H452|
Offered in Campus mode only
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- How to apply
The honours program assumes, and builds on, the content and research methods areas of psychology provided by the three-year undergraduate psychology sequence offered by the School of Psychology at Deakin, and accredited by the Australian Psychological Society (APS); or an equivalent APS-accredited sequence (see below). The Honours program is designed to provide students with the knowledge base and research skills to enable them to undertake a higher degree by research in psychology, to undertake advanced professional training in psychology, or to seek employment in an area of psychology using the skills acquired during a four year degree. The honours program is offered in campus mode only.
This course is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia and is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Fees and charges
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.
* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2013, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2013 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.
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. Part-time students must complete the course work component in Year 1 of their course. As required by the accreditation guidelines of the Australian Psychological Society, the course work 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 Honours Conference and attendance at the weekly School Research Colloquia are hurdle requirements.
Course structureCoursework component
|HPS425||Honours in Psychology Part A|
|HPS426||Honours in Psychology Part B|
|HPS427||Honours in Psychology Part C|
|HPS428||Honours in Psychology Part D|
Entry requirements - general
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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
Applications are invited from graduates holding a degree with an approved three-year sequence in psychology or Deakin University’s Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies. For applicants commencing in 2014, applicants must have completed either
- an extended major in psychology at Deakin University (or equivalent) which consists of a minimum of 10 credit points of psychology (out of the 24 credit points required for an undergraduate degree): two credit points at level 1, four credit points at level 2, and four credit points at level 3. The extended major must include the level 2 and 3 research methods units offered by the School of Psychology or equivalent, and HPS309 or
- an extended major in psychology at Deakin University (or equivalent) which consists of two credit points at level 1, five credit points at level 2 and three credit points at level 3. The extended major must include the level 2 and 3 research methods units offered by the School of Psychology or equivalent.
To be eligible to apply for an Honours in Psychology course, students must have a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in Research Methods B or equivalent unit, and at least a credit average across the best level 3 Psychology (HPS coded) units.
There is a quota on places in the Psychology Honours program and meeting the above criteria does not guarantee acceptance into Psychology Honours.
There may be a very small number of places available for non-Deakin students with exceptional academic performance in the equivalent units used to assess Deakin students.
Please refer to the Psychology applications section of the Additional documentation webpage and download appropriate forms for your course.
How to apply
Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the closing dates webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.