Course essentials

VU course code:
1 year
2018: February
2018: A$11,600 per semester

Students who have completed the Bachelor of Psychological Studies in their first three years of study can apply for the Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours). Selection into the course is based upon academic merit.

This course provides you with the opportunity to study at an advanced level, complete a research thesis and attain a higher qualification. It will develop further your capacity for informed, conceptual thinking and research skills.

The duration of study is typically one year full time (or part-time equivalent).

Students are welcome to make an appointment with the course coordinator to structure a program of study.

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Honours graduates have the foundation to pursue research postgraduate degrees (Masters by Research or PhD) which lead to accreditation as a registered psychologist.

They can also find employment opportunities in areas such as:

  • welfare
  • social workers
  • community services
  • human resources

Course objectives

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.  

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

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.

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.

  • International: The minimum requirement for entry to Honours in Psychology will normally be a three year undergraduate degree in psychology formally assessed by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)
    IELTS minimum 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent
  • 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.

English language requirements

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

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

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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If you have questions about your application, you can:

Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this course information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that course information is current with the Student Contact Centre.