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Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) - 769AA

Course Code: 769AA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Psychology
CRICOS Code: 056139G
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Enhance your Psychology degree and open doors 

Through the honours program you will work closely with an academic to uncover new findings in an area of psychology that interests you. 

You will not only contribute to research in psychology, but you will also learn about the ethical and legal codes that apply to psychological practice and the processes of research and reporting. 

Many students who undertake an honours year choose to go on to further their research careers with a PhD or go on to become a practicing psychologist with a Master of Clinical Psychology. 

Study a Bachelor of Science Psychology (Honours) and you will: 

  • share your time between focused coursework on applied topics and skills, and an independent research thesis
  • comprehensively cover cognitive and personality assessments, and approaches to psychological intervention
  • undertake your own empirical research on a topic you choose to study
  • have considerable autonomy in developing your learning, research and organisational skills whilst working under the supervision of expert, academic staff
  • find out all about academic life, discover seminars, workshops, peer review, research design and the communication of scientific findings. 

Career opportunities 

  • Successfully finish your honours degree and open a door to the psychology profession by qualifying to undertake an internship or to enter a Masters or PhD program.
  • Find jobs in areas such as:
    • youth work
    • advertising and marketing
    • policy and research
    • consumer research
    • industrial relations
    • human resources
    • program co-ordination and welfare  
  • You may apply for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). After finishing 2 years of supervised practice or postgraduate studies, the provisional registration can be converted to full registration. 

The University of Canberra is committed to building a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce. If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person looking to study this course, please contact Rachel Harrigan, Faculty of Health General Manager, (02) 6201 2608.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email

Admission Requirements

This course has closing dates to submit applications that vary from standard UC application submission dates. For a semester 1 start, applications are due by the 31st October; for a semester 2 start, applications are due by 30th June.

Applicants must meet the following minimum entry requirements:
A) completion of a qualifying psychology degree which is accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) or equivalent* within the last 10 years. The qualifying degree can be either:
i) a three year undergraduate psychology course or
ii) a Graduate Diploma for candidates who previously completed an undegraduate degree in a different discipline
B) Credit average in the APAC-required second and third year psychology units or graduate diploma units.

Entry is competitive. Applications are ranked by performance (GPA) in the APAC-required second and third year psychology / graduate diploma units. Thus, a higher than minimum GPA is generally needed to be offered a place.

* Equivalency is as determined by the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Assumed Knowledge


Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) BSc Psych (Hons)

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

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Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Knowledge and understanding of Psychology:
Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the core topics of psychology, as outlined by the National Accreditation Body (currently APAC).
Analysis and enquiry;
Research methods in psychology:
Understand, apply, and evaluate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation, and the appropriate use of technologies.
Analysis and enquiry;
Problem solving;
Working independently and with others
Values in psychology:
Value empirical evidence; tolerate ambiguity during the search for greater understanding of behaviour and knowledge structures; act ethically and professionally; understand the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity; and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
Professionalism and social responsibility
Communication skills in psychology:
Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and in a variety of contexts.
Learning and application of psychology:
Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organisational issues.
Problem solving;
Working independently and with others.

Course Duration

Standard two semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum six semesters. Students commencing in semester 2 can only enrol part-time.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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