Develop specialist knowledge to truly understand people with the Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours) at Victoria University.
Gain a deeper awareness of our motivations, responses and relationships through this popular psychology course offered by VU.
We’ll help you to further your understanding of psychological studies at an advanced level. By carrying out a research thesis, you’ll graduate with a sought-after honours qualification. From there, you'll be ready to explore postgraduate study or careers from social work to community services.
This psychology degree will focus your learning within informed, conceptual thinking and research skills.
Specifically, you’ll learn to:
- use advanced cognitive, research, and problem-solving skills to help you pursue postgraduate research or a professional career in psychology
- employ skills in independent research and theoretical analysis in psychology
- critically apply advanced knowledge in selected areas of psychology and applied psychology
- assess and evaluate the nature of psychology as a profession, the ethical and legal responsibilities of the psychologist and the role of the Australian Psychological Society.
If you choose to continue on to postgraduate studies, you’ll be able to take up professional training at VU’s Psychology Clinic, providing discounted psychological services to the community.
At VU you can spend part of your degree studying overseas all while gaining credits towards your course.
Immerse yourself in a new culture and learn from a new perspective, while building experiences that will help you to stand out in the competitive job market.
Careers in psychology
Honours graduates can pursue research postgraduate degrees which lead to accreditation as a registered psychologist.
As a psychologist, you could be employed in one of several thriving industries including health care, public administration or education.
Alternatively, your career can span the fields of:
- social work
- community services
- human resources.
See the average salary for psychologists in Australia via Labour Market Insights. Starting salaries for graduates may be different.
Placement in VU's Psychology Clinic
Honours graduates have the foundation to pursue research postgraduate degrees (Masters by Research or PhD) which lead to accreditation as a registered psychologist.
If you continue on to postgraduate studies in psychology, you will work with clients in the VU Psychology Clinic. The Clinic provides discounted psychological services to the community.
Assessment and treatment for anxiety, learning difficulties and difficult life events are provided by provisional psychologists who are supervised by experienced clinical psychologists.
To attain the Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours), students will be required to complete 96 credit points, consisting of:
- 48 credit points of Core studies; and
- 2 x 24 credit points of Core Thesis studies.
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On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Utilise advanced cognitive, research, and problem-solving skills to successfully undertake postgraduate research or a professional career in psychology;|
|2.||Satisfy the educational requirements for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society;|
|3.||Implement skills in independent research, theoretical analysis and critical evaluation in psychology;|
|4.||Critically apply advanced knowledge in selected areas of psychology and applied psychology;|
|5.||Assess and evaluate the nature of psychology as a profession, the ethical and legal responsibilities of the psychologist and the role of the Australian Psychological Society.|
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- Commonwealth supported place pay tuition fees that are partly subsidised by the Australian government
- full fee-paying place need to pay the full amount for all enrolled units before census each study period.
In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.
Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.
The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.
- Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
- an Australian or overseas equivalent or
- an International Baccalaureate (IB).
Importance of ATAR for this course
We consider both ATAR and other criteria
ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria
Why is ATAR not applicable?
You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.
This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.
This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.
The minimum requirements for entry to Honours in Psychology are the completion of all requirements for a Bachelor degree (AQF7) conferred by Victoria University; the completion of an APAC-accredited major in psychology; and a minimum third-year Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70%. Note that all applications are ranked according to academic merit, therefore the cut-off WAM for receiving an offer differs from year to year and may be substantially higher than the minimum requirement of 70%.
Students who have completed their APAC accredited major in psychology at another university or similar institution are also eligible to apply for this course.
This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.
Pathways & credits
There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.
Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.
How to apply
Available start dates:
- 20 February 2023
Before you apply
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
- Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
Find out more about applying for our courses.
Apply direct to VU
Direct applications are due on 30 October 2022 for our next intake which starts on 20 February 2023.
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered