Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Understand human behaviour, study the mind and complete an individual research project in preparation for registration as a psychologist.


80 ATAR lowest selection rank ?

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course available to domestic students only

Waurn Ponds

80.9 ATAR lowest selection rank ?

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course available to domestic students only


82.75 ATAR lowest selection rank ?

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course available to domestic students only

Course overview

Join one of the strongest growth areas within the health sector and study normal and abnormal minds and behaviour with Deakin's Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). An honours year is embedded in this four-year degree, distinguishing it from our other psychology courses. Honours includes practical training preparing you for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and sets you on the pathway to general registration.

Specialise from year one with the only Victorian university to offer specialist psychology majors in an undergraduate psychology degree, allowing you to learn what you are passionate about sooner. 140 hours of professional placements provide valuable industry experience and strengthen your employment prospects. In your honours year, you will complete a group research project and learn advanced studies in counselling, psychological assessment, critical evaluation and research methods.

Do you want to become an expert in human behaviour, personality and emotion, and use those skills to help people?

Psychology is about understanding the underlying mental processes and factors behind human behaviour. This course will equip you with the skills and strategies to be able to help people, no matter which area of psychology you pursue. You will also learn from the best as we are ranked #1 in Victoria for psychology course satisfaction, teaching, facilities and undergraduate employment^.

This degree differs to our other psychology degrees such as the Bachelor of Psychological Science and the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), as it has an additional honours year embedded in the course. When you graduate, you will have the option of two distinct career paths – further study in pursuit of general registration as a psychologist, or employment in psychology-related fields that don’t require registration, such as:

  • counselling
  • social work
  • youth work
  • careers counselling
  • life counselling
  • mental health rehabilitation
  • marketing
  • social research
  • human resources management
  • developmental psychology.

The course’s Psychology in Practice units will ensure you graduate with work-ready skills and provide you with alternative employment pathways. Careers in psychology-related fields are always evolving, visit to discover the exciting range of careers that you could pursue.

You can pursue your interests early on with a specialist major in Child and Family, Organisational Studies or Forensic Studies. In addition to your chosen major sequence, you will cover a number of broad areas of psychology, including:

  • behavioural and clinical neuroscience
  • child and adolescent psychology
  • cognitive psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • psychopathology
  • relationships and the psychology of groups

As a graduate, you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist, as well as APAC-accredited masters or doctoral-level training programs that lead to full registration as a psychologist, including:

You will also have the opportunity to develop your counselling and coaching skills through Applied Counselling Skills core units, and/or through one of our online postgraduate counselling courses.

Ranked in the top 1% in the world*, Deakin’s School of Psychology is one of the largest and most progressive psychology departments in Australia. The school has strong partnerships with industry, including collaborative activities with government agencies, public and private organisations, hospitals and other universities. These partnerships ensure your degree remains relevant to industry and workforce needs. You will be in high demand by employers who want graduates that are ready to face challenges with confidence.

^Student Experience Survey 2020-2021 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2022, Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).
*2023 QS World University Rankings by Subject and 2022 Shanghai Ranking of Academic Subjects

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Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2024 close 23 June 2024

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2024 close 27 October 2024

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400315151 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400515151 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400615151 - Online, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7

Course structure

To complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), students must attain 32 credit points including:

  • 4 credit points of Foundations of Psychology
  • 8 credit points of Psychology Essentials
  • 4 credit points of Psychology in Practice
  • 2 credit points of Psychology course electives
  • 8 credit points of Psychology Honours

Plus, either:

  • 6 credit points of electives (psychology course electives or University open electives) OR
  • 6 credit point psychology major

Students must also ensure that they have met the following course rules to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours):

  • a maximum of 10 credit points at level 1
  • a minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
  • Academic Integrity Module DAI001
  • Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit).

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit) in their first trimester of study.


To be eligible for a place in the Psychology Honours program, students will have:

  1. Completed the first three levels of the course (i.e., they will have achieved 24 credit points)
  2. achieve a minimum of 65% in Psychology Research Methods (Intermediate)
  3. achieve a minimum of 80% or above across the Psychology Essentials units (8 units including Psychology Research Methods (Intermediate)). Entry will also be determined by the availability of supervisors and resources.

The 80% cut-off may vary, depending on the availability of Honours places. Students who meet the selection cut-off, and successfully complete the Honours year, will graduate with one-degree H345 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). Failure to meet the above WAM requirements will result in an alternative exit from H345 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) with a degree of H344 Bachelor of Psychological Science provided the student meets the course requirements of H344. Students who have taken an alternative exit of H344 Bachelor of Psychological Science may apply for entry to the less competitive fee-paying alternative to Honours: H650 Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Students who do not wish to complete the honours year may also opt for the H344 Bachelor of Psychological Science alternative exit.

Karolinska Institute exchange students must enrol in HPS435X Research Project A (Karolinska Exchange) and HPS436X Research Project B (Karolinska Exchange).


Compulsory credit points


Psychology electives


Elective units



Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2023 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2023 can refer to previous online Handbooks.

^ Foundations of Psychology unit

* Psychology in Practice unit

# Psychology Essentials unit

^^ Psychology Honours unit

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Foundations of Psychological Science ^
  • Foundations of Psychological Practice ^
  • Introduction to Psychology: Human Behaviour ^
  • plus one psychology course elective, elective or psychology major unit

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Introduction to Psychology: Individual and Social Development ^
  • Health Psychology (Behaviour Change) *
  • Psychology At Work (Preparation) *
  • plus one psychology course elective, elective or psychology major unit

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Cognitive Psychology #
  • Social Psychology #
  • Applied Counselling Skills (Introductory) *
  • plus one psychology course elective, elective or psychology major unit

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Psychology Research Methods (Introductory) #
  • Developmental Psychology (Child and Adolescent) #
  • plus two psychology course electives, electives or psychology major units

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Psychology Research Methods (Intermediate) #
  • Biological Psychology (Brain and Behaviour) #
  • plus two psychology course electives, electives or psychology major units

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Applied Counselling Skills (Intermediate) *
  • Personality Psychology #
  • Psychopathology #
  • plus one psychology course elective, elective or psychology major unit

    Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Principles of Psychological Assessment ^^
  • Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis ^^
  • Research Project A ^^
  • Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Applied Counselling Skills (Advanced) ^^
  • Psychology Research Methods (Advanced) ^^
  • Research Project B ^^
  • Note: for Psychology Fourth year admission (Honours or equivalent), students are assessed on the weighted average mark (WAM) of Psychology Essentials.

    Karolinska Institute exchange students must enrol in:

  • Research Project A (Karolinska Exchange) ^^
  • Research Project B (Karolinska Exchange) ^^
  • Major sequences

    The following majors are available within the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    Elective units

    Psychology Course Electives

    Two credit points from:

    Trimester 1

  • Cross Cultural and Indigenous Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology (Adult)
  • Health Psychology (Addiction)
  • Psychology At Work (Internship)
  • Trimester 2

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology (Chronic Illness)
  • Social Psychology (Advanced)
  • Biological Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience)
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    Trimester 2 - July

    Trimester 3 - November

    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

    The current requirements for registration as a provisional psychologist include the completion of four years of academic study of psychology that is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia. The academic program usually consists of an approved undergraduate psychology sequence followed by an approved fourth-year of study, such as Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology or honours in psychology.

    Following successful completion of an approved fourth-year of psychology study, you may apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) can lead directly to provisional registration provided the honours year is completed within this four-year course.

    In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists must then complete either two years of supervised practice, or a minimum two years of further study, which may include: Master of Psychology, Doctor of Psychology or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (with supervised practice completed outside the degree).

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

    Bachelor of Psychological Science (H344)

    Course duration

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

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer the relevant unit guide.


    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include lectures, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Work experience

    As part of this course you will have the option of undertaking 140 hours of industry placement through elective units, and our core employability-orientated units ensure you graduate work-ready. Applied Counselling Skills core units also allow you to develop your counselling and coaching skills.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Please note, there are limited places in this course and entry is competitive. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible. Applications for this course may close prior to the published closing date if all places are filled.

    Academic requirements

    Current or recent secondary education

    If you're currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 prerequisite subjects

    • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL


    • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent

    Higher education

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

    Vocational education

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
    • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and haven’t undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

    Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter – it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 25 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in Biology, Health and Human Development, any Mathematics or Psychology equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in Biology, Health and Human Development, any Mathematics or Psychology equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2024 students (PDF, 793KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    Please note that a maximum of five credit points can be granted for Psychology core units.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $9,435 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 on our Current students fees website.

    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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    Indigenous Access Scheme

    You can apply for this course through the Indigenous Access Scheme, which recognises the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and considers the skills, experience and community work that prepares you for study. We look beyond your ATAR and academic results so we can reward your hard work with a place at university.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) with our pathways finder.

    Once you have successfully completed this course, if you are interested in further study and pursing general registration as a registered psychologist, you may be eligible to apply for an accredited program such as the Master of Professional Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical), Master of Psychology (Organisational), or Doctor of Psychology (Clinical).

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.


    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.

    Gain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia

    Secure your 4th year of study through a built-in honours year

    Become job ready with 140 hours of industry experience

    Pathway to becoming a fully registered psychologist

    Career outcomes

    When you graduate, you will have the option of two distinct career paths – further study in pursuit of general registration as a psychologist, or employment in psychology-related fields that don’t require registration.

    A psychology qualification can prepare you for many diverse, exciting career paths. If your passion is not to complete further study to become a registered psychologist, there are still many diverse career options available, including:

    • careers counselling
    • child protection
    • counselling
    • developmental psychology
    • family support
    • human resources management
    • human services
    • life counselling
    • marketing and communications
    • mental health rehabilitation
    • not-for-profit aid
    • public health
    • social research.

    Additional qualifications may be required for some of the careers listed here, you can find out more about roles and responsibilities, skills, qualifications and experience at

    If you are ready to take your psychology career further, the option to become a fully registered psychologist is available to graduates from this course by undertaking a masters or doctorate qualification in psychology. If you choose to pursue general registration as a psychologist, you may find employment in a variety of roles, including:

    • 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

    The contexts in which you work may include:

    • private clinics and practices
    • public and private hospitals
    • business corporate organisations
    • schools and universities
    • government departments and agencies
    • community sporting clubs and institutes
    • various social research organisations.

    Professional recognition

    All psychology courses offered at Deakin meet the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) translating into excellent job and career opportunities for our graduates. This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and upon graduation of this degree, you will have gained a four-year undergraduate psychology sequence that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), enabling you to apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

    Graduates seeking to become registered psychologists must next apply for postgraduate psychology study if they wish to pursue general 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

    Integrate theoretical knowledge of the discipline of psychology in relation to: health, social, cognitive, methodology, neuroscience, development, and personality. Demonstrate understanding of advanced knowledge (theoretical, empirical and practical) in the areas of psychological assessment, counselling, advanced research methods and research practice.


    Communicate psychological knowledge and arguments effectively using the most appropriate means utilising clear, discipline appropriate, coherent and well-developed communication skills. Convey complex psychological knowledge and ideas to laypeople and professionals. Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal communication and interview skills in situations appropriate to psychological practice. This includes active listening, clarifying and reflecting, effective questioning, summarising and paraphrasing, developing rapport, appropriate cultural responsiveness and empathic responding.

    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

    Identify and critique the factors that contribute to the development of unhealthy mental processes and behaviours, develop arguments, reports, or commentaries based on empirical research and apply the results to affect healthy behaviour change in oneself or others, and; apply the skills required to affect healthy behaviour change in oneself and in others in diverse contexts. Competence in the design and conduct of research, and skills to critically evaluate, synthesise and integrate complex scientific evidence. Application of knowledge to assessment, counselling and case management to 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.


    Engage in independent learning as a reflective practitioner to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practice of psychology; and manage resources, timelines and other constraints to achieve high-quality and timely outcomes.


    Collaborate and communicate psychological principles and practices effectively in interdisciplinary teams, in a variety of contexts with diverse ethnic and cultural partners and teams, to work and learn in a range of environments including communities of practice, research and professional practice.

    Global citizenship

    Embody the values and attitudes of the scientist-practitioner. 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, culturally sensitive, and inclusive manner.