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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.

Psychology students complete a fieldwork unit, which gives you the opportunity to gain experience in a field related to your studies.

Students have completed placements within:

  • the Department of Human Services (Child Protection)
  • family and carer support services
  • arts and cultural organisations
  • refugee and asylum seeker support services
  • public and private health services
  • school settings.

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.

VU's Psychology Clinic specialises in cognitive-behavioural therapy and psychodynamic therapy.

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:

  • welfare
  • 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.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours) students will be required to complete 96 credit points, consisting of:

  • 36 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Core studies;

  • 2 x 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Core Thesis studies;

  • 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) of Psychology elective studies.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Psychology Electives:

Select 12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) from the following:

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

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. Apply 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: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. 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.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Mature: The minimum requirement for entry to Honours in Psychology will normally be: the completion of all requirements for an ordinary degree conferred by Victoria University; the completion of an APAC accredited major in psychology; a minimum of distinction level (70%) performance in psychology at third-year level. Note that all applications are ranked according to academic merit, therefore the cut-off score 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.

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.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

How to apply

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