The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) provides a pathway for graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science to pursue a career as a professional psychologist. 

Our honours program is a way of connecting undergraduate study with supervised independent research. Learning with our renowned academic team, you’ll develop strong research, analytical and communication skills to prepare you for a career in the practice of psychology. 

In this one-year full-time course, you’ll complete a major research project that provides a solid academic foundation for further study of a Masters by Coursework, a Masters by Research or a PhD.

Deepen Your Knowledge of Psychology 

An honours degree in Psychology enables you to deepen your knowledge of research methods, perspectives and traditions in psychology. 

Your fourth-year honours program involves completing a research thesis in an area that interests you, as well as coursework.

Our graduates are in demand across a range of fields as: 

  • Psychologists 
  • Clinical psychologists 
  • Forensic psychologists 
  • Organisational psychologists 
  • Educational psychologists 
  • Community development workers 
  • Medical scientists 
  • Management consultants.

The honours coursework requirement includes two compulsory courses that cover advanced topics in: 

  • data analysis and research methodology
  • history and professional ethics
  • evidence-based practice.

Elective courses are offered in a variety of areas that reflect the expertise and research specialisations of school staff.  

For details on the required courses and admission to Psychology Honours, students must seek advice from the School of Psychology

Gain Professional Recognition

UNSW School of Psychology is regarded as the best in Australia. We’re ranked 21st in the QS World Rankings, attracting award-winning staff and offering excellence and innovation in our teaching.  

Successful completion of this degree gives you highly regarded professional recognition with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council as a fourth-year sequence of study towards provisional registration as a psychologist  

To become a member of the professional body, the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and for registration as a psychologist in NSW, you first need a university bachelor degree. It needs to include four years of approved training in psychology. 

Associate Professor Ben Newell, UNSW School of Psychology

Your Career 

With such strong academic grounding in Psychological Science, you’ll be well equipped for professional practice.

Our graduates are in demand across a range of fields as: 

  • Psychologists 
  • Clinical psychologists 
  • Forensic psychologists 
  • Organisational psychologists 
  • Educational psychologists 
  • Community development workers 
  • Medical scientists 
  • Management consultants. 

Psychologists work in a range of organisations in the public and private sectors including: 

  • clinical and health settings such as hospitals 
  • a range of commercial and non-profit organisations 
  • forensic settings such as prisons and law courts.

Psychologists conduct psychological assessment, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of problems at an individual, organisational and community level.

What Our Students Say

 “The most enjoyable aspect of the program was definitely designing a study…and answering my question through the scientific method…writing up my paper and finding out the answers for myself.” 

Thomas Liang, Psychology Student 

Find Out More

You can find out more about this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder

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