Develop specialist knowledge to truly understand people with the Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours).
Gain a deeper awareness of our motivations, responses and relationships through this popular 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 and be ready to explore postgraduate study or careers from social work to community services.
This course 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.
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.
In Australia, the median starting salary of a bachelor degree psychology graduate aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment is $49,900 (GradStats). Typically, psychologists earn an average of $78,000 per year (Job Outlook).
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 (equivalent to 4 units) of Core studies; and
- 2 x 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) 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 government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.
If you enrol in a:
- Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
- Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
To calculate the total cost of your course either use our fee calculator, or:
- Select which units you’d like to study.
- Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
- Add up the relevant amounts.
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.
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 coordinator or academic adviser.