What will I learn?

Our Honours Degree of Bachelor of Psychological Science offers the necessary foundation for postgraduate research and registration as a psychologist.

It is available to students who have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in psychology, a three year psychology degree from an accredited institution, or our Bachelor of Psychological Science.

What will you do?

Undertake a major research project chosen from an area of psychology.
Partner with an academic mentor who’ll support and encourage your academic progress.
Work alongside potential employers in the industry and benefit from extensive industry links.
Build advanced data analysis, team management, and research presentation skills.

Where could it take you?

Honours graduates can apply to further postgraduate studies in health psychology, clinical psychology, or organisational and human factors psychology. However, an honours degree will also give you a competitive edge in a wide variety of human-centred professions. You could become a social psychologist, doing large-scale research to change the way we go about our lives. You might work in community services with people of all ages and backgrounds. Perhaps you’ll move into market research and advertising.

Potential careers

Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Organisational Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Educational & Developmental Psychologist, Psychologist, Sports & Exercise Psychologist, Health Psychologist

Degree Structure

Honours Psychology is normally taken as a full-time program over one year. To complete the program candidates are required to:

undertake an assessment in the compulsory topic “Current Issues in Psychology”
undertake an assessment in the compulsory topic “Research Methods and Statistics”
undertake assessment in two elective coursework topics
attend the compulsory Honours Research Seminar series
submit a research proposal for independent evaluation
present for examination a thesis that reports a research project carried out under supervision

Honours can be completed full-time (1-year) or part-time (2 consecutive years). Students completing a full-time load need to complete 24 units from which 12 units will be the thesis, 6 units will be 2 compulsory courses and 6-units will be 2 elective choices.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$38,500.00 (US$ 26,423) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

19 October 2020

More details

Start date

27 July 2020, 1 March 2021


The University of Adelaide (UoA)

North Terrace Campus,


South Australia,

5005, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification. IELTS: Overall 6.5; Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 6; TOEFL Internet-based: Overall 79, Reading and Listening: 13, Speaking 18, Writing 21; Pearson – Overall 58, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 50 and Cambridge - Overall 176, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing – 169.

For international students

Graduate entry only. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from an approved university (less than 10 years old). The undergraduate degree must be equivalent to an Australian Psychological Accreditation Council(APAC) accredited three year major sequence of study in Psychology.

Applicants will be ranked for an offer based on academic performance of psychology courses taken at Level II and Level III. The formula used to calculate the weighted average score is as follows: Weighted Average = (Level II Psychology Courses x 40% weighting) + (Level III Psychology Courses x 60% weighting).

IELTS: Overall band score of 6.5 and Band score of 6 in all bands; TOEFL Paper-based: total score of 577 with a minimum of 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE) or Internet-based: total score of 79 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 18 in Speaking and 13 in Reading and Listening; Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 and Skills profile of no less than 50 in all skills; and Cambridge English-Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176 and Individual score of 169 in all skills.

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Pathways options

Offered by this university

The University of Adelaide (UoA) offers below pathways courses for this subject

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • The University of Adelaide College

About this uni

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  • Based in South Australia.
  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.
  • Member of Australia’s research-intensive Group of Eight.
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