Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Undertaking an honours year in psychology paves the way for both potential career paths and postgraduate study. Enquire today.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

1 year full time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Gain insight into why people think, feel and behave the way they do. After a solid foundation in the elements of human behaviour, your Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours) year allows you to pursue a career as a psychologist and prepare yourself for postgraduate study.

Do you want to further your knowledge of human behaviour and begin a rewarding psychology career?

During your honours year you will get the chance to build on your undergraduate degree and learn an extended range of psychological assessment methods, as well as gain an understanding of the process of formulating psychological opinion in casework.

You will learn a range of psychological assessment methods and gain a comprehensive understanding of the process of formulating psychological opinion in casework.

The research and analytical skills you develop will strengthen the quality of your research projects and become indispensable tools in your future career.

Upon graduating, you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). If you would like to pursue full registration, you can go on to complete two years of relevant work under the supervision of a registered psychologist, or complete a master’s or doctorate that includes work placement. Students wishing to become fully registered psychologists can then apply to continue their study by undertaking one of the following:

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Course structure

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. Part time students must complete the coursework component in the first year of their course. As required by the accreditation guidelines of the Australian Psychological Society, the coursework covers:

  • research methods;
  • issues in psychological assessment; and
  • client-centred skills in practice

For further details of the coursework component, see the unit description for HPS431, HPS432, HPS433 and HPS434

The thesis component (see HPS435 and HPS436) contributes 50% to the final grade of honours awarded. The thesis is a write-up 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 1500 word research proposal 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 30% and 70% respectively to the final mark for the thesis component.

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.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours)
Year

2020 course information

Deakin code
H451
CRICOS code?
022551J
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)

Applications for 2020 close on 15 November 2019.

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Additional course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Mandatory student checks

There are no mandatory student checks required for this course.

Workload

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

Participation requirements

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

Work experience

Not applicable

Entry requirements

Entry information

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

All applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

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%.

Admissions information

Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of 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.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

If you're applying to study in Trimester 3 (November), 2019:

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

If you're applying to study in Trimester 1 (March), 2020:

Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance


Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


Entry pathways

This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.

Frequently asked questions

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Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

Upon graduation, if you choose not to continue with further study in psychology,  your possible career options include work in:

  • hospitals and clinics
  • mental health organisations
  • community support services
  • human resources
  • marketing and social research
  • corrective services
  • policy development
  • justice and advocacy systems.

If you choose to continue studying to pursue full registration as a psychologist, you may find employment in a variety of settings such as:

  • clinical psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • organisational psychology
  • education
  • community and mental health organisations.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) 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 into APAC accredited master’s or doctoral-level training programs that lead to registration as a psychologist.

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

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate understanding of advanced knowledge (theoretical, empirical and practical) in the areas of psychological assessment, counselling, advanced research methods and research practice.

Communication

Demonstrate clear written and oral communication skills in order to convey complex psychological knowledge and ideas to laypeople and professionals.

Digital Literacy

Apply advanced skills to select appropriate digital tools to source, interpret, adapt, collate, analyse and disseminate discipline specific information in psychology to a variety of audiences relevant to pre-professional practice of psychology.

Critical thinking

Competence in the design and conduct of research, critically evaluate, synthesise and integrate complex scientific evidence, and apply this knowledge to assessment, counselling and case management that demonstrate evidence-based pre-professional practice in the field of psychology.

Problem Solving

Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical inquiry and the scientific approach to solve problems related to research and applied skills (psychological assessment, counselling and case-management) in the field of psychology.

Self-management

Display high level self-management through reflection, continual improvement and learning that reinforces the importance of responsibility and accountability for pre-professional development in the field of psychology.

Teamwork

Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and in a variety of contexts with diverse ethnic and cultural partners and teams.

Global Citizenship

Demonstrate, report and apply ethical principles to understand how to work productively in the field of psychology within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts by collaborating and communicating in a self-reflective and culturally sensitive manner.

 

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