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2019: February
1 year
2019: A$12,900*
* fee per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course


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.

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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 3 units) of Core studies;
  • 2 x 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Core Thesis studies, and;
  • 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) of Psychology Elective studies.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2


12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) of Psychology Elective studies

Psychology Electives:

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. 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.


Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the university admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Entry requirements

Applicants with a cognate (same discipline) Australian Bachelor Degree (AQF7) not more than 10 years old and with a weighted average mark in all level 3 units of 70% (Distinction); as well as the completion of an APAC accredited major in psychology, will be considered for admission to the course. Equivalence of international degrees to an accredited 3-year sequence in psychology in Australia must be formally assessed and confirmed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

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

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.

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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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.

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