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.
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 Job Outlook. 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 (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.
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.
Applicants with a cognate (same discipline) Australian Bachelor Degree (AQF7) and with a minimum third-year weighted average mark (WAM) of 70%; 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 chair or academic adviser.