Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Obtain your Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at Deakin and develop all skill areas with an integrated approach to science and psychology.

Pathway to becoming a fully registered psychologist

Accredited by APAC

Gain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia

Key facts

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2020 close 15 November 2019

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Gain an 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 Psychological Science (Honours) year allows you to pursue a career as a psychologist, and prepare yourself for postgraduate study.

Do you want to learn from industry professionals and begin a rewarding psychology career?

During your honours year, you will get the chance to build on your relevant 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.

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.

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 Psychological Science (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 Psychological Science (Honours)
Year

2020 course information

Deakin code
H452
CRICOS code?
022030A
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)
    • Cloud (online)

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

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

All applicants must 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

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%.

Entry will be based on performance in:

Internal applicants:

  • Bachelor Degree from Deakin University with an approved three-year major sequence in psychology with a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in Research Methods B and a minimum average of 65% over all level-2 and level-3 Psychology core units.

OR

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science or Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies from Deakin University with a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in Research Methods B and a minimum average of 65% over all level-2 and level-3 Psychology core units.

External Applicants:

  • Bachelor Degree (with an APAC accredited three-year major sequence in psychology) with a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in a level three psychology Research Methods unit and a minimum average of 75% over all level-2 and level-3 Psychology core units

OR

  • A Foundation Level 1 APAC accredited Psychology course or equivalent (for example: a 3-year bridging course - Graduate Diploma of Psychology) with a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in level three psychology Research Methods unit and a minimum average of 75% over all level-2 and level-3 Psychology core units.

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.

Recognition of prior learning

The only means of entry into the course is when students have already successfully completed an undergraduate degree (Level 7) with a 10-credit point major in the discipline of psychology within the last ten years from Deakin University. Individual applications for specific Recognition of Prior Learning will be considered on an individual basis. Upon graduation, while students are eligible to apply for further study in psychology, they will not be able to automatically articulate into higher-level psychology courses.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
Not applicable
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$6,684 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

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 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

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

How to apply


Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.


Entry pathways

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

Contact information

Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
1800 693 888
myfuture@deakin.edu.au

 

Frequently asked questions

Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

Find out more about our key dates

Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

Find our more about scholarships at Deakin

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

Find out more about RPL

Where can I study with Deakin?

Find out more about campus locations

Why choose Deakin

Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

One of the most progressive psychology schools in Australia

Top 1% of universities worldwide *

Taught by researchers who are leaders in their field

5-star rated university^

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 psychologist
  • cognitive neuroscientist
  • counsellor
  • criminal psychologist
  • educational and developmental psychologist
  • family therapist
  • forensic psychologist
  • health and community psychologist
  • mental health officer
  • organisational psychologist
  • rehabilitation counsellor
  • sport and exercise psychologist
  • youth psychologist.

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’ll 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.

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.


Careers in psychology - Danielle's story

Learn about how Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) helped Danielle to prepare for her role at Ventia.

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^QS Stars University Ratings 2016–2017

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