Honours in Psychology

Honours is a year of specialised study taken after the completion of an undergraduate degree such as Deakin's Bachelor of Psychological Science. The honours in psychology programs at Deakin are designed to provide you with the knowledge and research skills required to undertake a research degree, advanced professional training or to seek employment as a provisional psychologist.

Why study Honours in Psychology?

H451 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours)
H452 Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Stand out from the crowd

Honours in psychology can complement your earlier studies and expand your knowledge base, giving you the edge in the employment market. Honours will also empower you to pursue new opportunities that were previously out of reach.

Industry Accreditation

Our fourth year courses are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Graduates are 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.

Career Outcomes

At the end of your 'fourth year' of study in psychology you will have an in-depth understanding of a number of fields in which psychology is applied, so you will be better placed to make decisions about your professional future.


Detailed Course Information

Course codes:

  • H451 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours)
  • H452 Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Course length: 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses offered: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)

H451 Local Student

H451 International Student

H452 Local Student

H452 International Student

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 Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Related Courses

The honours and graduate diploma courses both offer students a combination of coursework and research units. In the honours program, the research component is normally completed as part of an individual research project; whereas in the graduate diploma, research normally takes the form of a group project, where each group member submits a different report. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to apply for Honours and how do I apply?

Entry requires an APS-accredited undergraduate degree with the equivalent of at least 10 Deakin credit points in psychology. To apply go to the online applicant portal and follow the prompts.

This extended major should include 2 introductory units of psychology, 5 foundation units of psychology typically taken at level 2 (this must include introductory research methods and social, developmental, cognitive, and biological psychology) and 3 advanced units of psychology typically taken at level 3 (this must include advanced research methods, personality and psychopathology).

Students who have not completed HPS205 Brain, Biology and Behaviour in 2015 or prior, will need to enrol in HPS310 from 2016. This means that the APAC accredited 10 credit point major will change to 4 foundation units of psychology typically taken at level 2 (this must include introductory research methods and social, developmental and cognitive psychology) and 4 advanced units of psychology typically taken at level 3 (this must include advanced research methods, personality and psychopathology and biological psychology).

For students who commenced their undergraduate studies in psychology prior to 2012, their application for may alternatively be based on an extended 10 credit-point major in psychology that consists of 2 introductory units of psychology, 4 foundation units of psychology typically taken at level 2 (this must include introductory research methods) and 4 advanced units of psychology typically taken at level 3 (this must include advanced research methods).

Is the course covered by HECS?

Yes, Honours in Psychology is a HELP-based course. Information about HELP fees is available on Deakin's Fees website.

What is the difference between Honours and the Graduate Diploma of Psychology?

They are identical courses with identical assessments, shared classrooms, project types, etc. However, Honours places are partly government funded (i.e., CSP) while the Graduate Diploma is full-fee paying. Because of this, it is usually harder to gain entry into the honours course (a higher cut-off applies). Honours places are also typically reserved for Deakin graduates whereas that the Graduate Diploma is open to all (although we preference Deakin graduates for the Graduate Diploma as well).

On which campus/es is the course offered?

Honours is offered in on both the Geelong Waterfront Campus and the Melbourne Burwood Campus and in the CLOUD online mode from Trimester 1, 2016 onwards. Students who have completed their undergraduate degree at the Warrnambool campus would need to complete their Honours year at either the Geelong Waterfront Campus, Melbourne Burwood Campus or online via CloudDeakin.

How many places are offered?

There are usually around 50 places across both campuses, however this depends on the availability of supervisors in any given year.

Are places offered to non-Deakin undergraduate students?

Applicants from institutions other than Deakin University should note that places are only offered to students who have completed an APAC-accredited psychology major sequence at Deakin University.

How do I arrange a supervisor for my Honours year?

After you accept an offer you will be sent a link to a website containing all projects on offer some in January. You will be asked to rank these projects. We generally on take students into these pre-existing projects and get them to work in teams (the time-lines around the research project and thesis write-up are so tight that it is usually not feasible to start a new project from scratch). However, if you have a well-developed interest in a particular research question then it is possible to contact staff within the School to see if they can take you (and your idea) on.

What sort of research are the staff involved in?

Not all staff will be available for Honours supervision and successful applicants will be sent a link to a website containing all projects on offer from our staff. However, our Psychology Staff Research Interests should give prospective students a decent overview of the research areas of our staff.

When will I hear the result of my application into Honours?

Early in December through to late January. It's an iterative process – whenever a successful applicant changes their mind and rejects their offer another offer is made (to the next ranked applicant).

Can the course be studied part-time?

Honours is offered only on a full-time basis, however successful applicants may be considered for part-time study. International students are not permitted to enrol on a part time basis.

Are there classes at night?

No, all classes are offered during the day (although some may extend into the early evening).

Do I need to have previous work experience?

No, successful entry into Honours is based on academic results and work experience is not necessary.

Is the course accredited by the Australian Psychological Society and the Psychology Board of Australia?

Yes, both bodies recognise the Honours. At present, upon completion of the course, students may apply for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Registration Board. After completion of two years of approved supervised practice or postgraduate studies, the provisional registration may be changed to full registration. Information about any updates to these requirements is available on the Psychology Board of Australia website.

Can I go on to further studies in psychology?

Honours is acceptable as a fourth year for the purposes of applying for the professional programs offered by Deakin (Master and Doctoral degrees, by coursework or research). We understand that it is also acceptable for the purposes of applying for similar programs at other universities, but prospective students should confirm this with each university to which they are likely to apply after completing Honours.



Staff in the School of Psychology are involved in a range of research activities which both reflect and inform the teaching program and their involvement with community organisations. Fields of research range from autism, child development, body image and obesity, addiction, cognitive neuroscience and relationship studies. In the honours year, Psychology students work on a year-long project with a research supervisor. 

Learn more about Deakin Psychology research

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