Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Course summary

This one-year Honours degree is for graduates of a three-year psychology degree who need a fourth year of study to apply for provisional registration as a practising psychologist. It is also useful for graduates of a three-year degree who wish to move into postgraduate research in psychology.

This degree

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is a fourth year of study accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. It is a route to postgraduate coursework or research degrees in Psychology and also a qualification for eligibility for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. An Honours year of study provides students with a competitive advantage when they enter the workforce.

What you will study

You will produce advanced written work that demonstrates your ability to analyse and synthesise information, solve complex problems, and orally present this information in various formats. You will show an advanced ability to apply research methods to address psychological questions related to behaviour and mental processes.

Course information

Study area

Psychology

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

353

ATAR (UAI)

-

IB Score

26-27

Duration

1 year (2 sessions) full time, or part time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

084846C

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Applicants must hold a relevant Bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institution with an approved program of study, plus at least a credit average in 200 and 300 level Psychology subjects.

Students considering an Honours degree are encouraged to talk to the Program Coordinator well in advance to seek approval for enrolment, discuss their program, and negotiate a thesis topic and supervisors.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Additional Criteria

UOW Applicants
Please provide a statement advising:
- whether you intend to study full-time or part-time;
- whether you expect to graduate with a double major;
- any unusual features of your undergraduate psychology degree structure, eg results from universities other than UOW, overseas exchange programs.

Non-UOW Applicants
Please provide a statement advising:
- whether you have completed your degree;
- whether the completion of subjects in the year of application will make you eligible to apply for a psychology Honours program in your own university. If your response to the above is 'not available', have you completed the highest level 3rd year psychology statistics/research method subject(s) available in your university's psychology program?

Important Advice: Check UOW's Psychology website for Honours information.

Information about the progress of your application will be published on the Psychology website early in December in a format that will protect your identity.

- At that time you will be required to confirm online or by email that you still wish a place to be kept for you, and that you want the Department of Psychology to recommend to UOW that you will be officially offered a place.
- You will be informed about the available Honours research projects for the following year, and asked to start the process of choosing your supervisor.
- You will be notified of the date of the pre-Christmas 'Welcome to Honours Meeting'.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,400
Full Course Fee: $28,800

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants must hold a relevant Bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institution with an approved program of study, plus at least a credit average in 200 and 300 level Psychology subjects.

Students considering an Honours degree are encouraged to talk to the Program Coordinator well in advance to seek approval for enrolment, discuss their program, and negotiate a thesis topic and supervisors.

Additional Criteria

UOW Applicants:
Please provide a statement advising:

  • whether you intend to study full-time or part-time;
  • whether you expect to graduate with a double major;
  • any unusual features of your undergraduate psychology degree structure, eg results from universities other than UOW, overseas exchange programs.

Non-UOW Applicants:
Please provide a statement advising:
  • whether you have completed your degree;
  • whether the completion of subjects in the year of application will make you eligible to apply for a psychology Honours program in your own university. If your response to the above is 'not available', have you completed the highest level 3rd year psychology statistics/research method subject(s) available in your university's psychology program?

Important Advice: Check UOW's Psychology website for Honours information.

You will be notified by email about the progress of your application early to mid-December. It is important to provide a current email address with your application and to keep a regular check on your mail.
  • At that time you will be required to reply by email that you still wish a place to be kept for you, and that you want the School of Psychology to recommend to UOW that you will be officially offered a place.
  • You will be informed about the available Honours research projects for the following year, and asked to start the process of choosing your supervisor.
  • You will be notified of the date of the pre-Christmas 'Welcome to Honours Meeting'.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


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Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
31 October in year preceding enrolment

Session Details
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced theoretical and technical knowledge of core topics in the discipline of psychology and their applications, including knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the construction, implementation, and interpretation of widely used cognitive and personality assessments, and evidence-based psychological interventions.
  2. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of research methods, knowledge of how the science and practice of psychology is influenced by social, historical, professional and cultural contexts, and knowledge of ethical behaviour in research and professional contexts.
  3. Demonstrate an advanced ability to apply research methods to address psychological questions related to behaviour and mental processes.
  4. Analyse critically, evaluate and transform information from research literature and other sources to complete a range of activities.
  5. Produce advanced written work that demonstrates analysis and synthesis of information, and novel problem solving to complex problems, and orally present information in various formats.
  6. Exhibit a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practice of psychology.
  7. Demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgment, adaptability and responsibility in applying critical thinking skills and knowledge of scientific method to evaluate and investigate claims regarding psychological phenomena.
  8. Use information in an ethical manner and apply knowledge of ethical and legislative requirements to determine appropriate ethical conduct in a range of contexts. 

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree of Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) a student must complete 48 credit points in accordance with the table below.

The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 1.  For further information refer to the General Course Rules.

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
PSYC410Honours Empirical Thesis24Annual
PSYC407Theory and Methods8Autumn
PSYC408Psychological Assessment: Principles and Applications8Autumn
PSYC409Psychological Intervention: Principles and Applications8Spring

Candidates intending to complete Honours as part-time students will generally do PSYC407, PSYC408 and PSYC409 in the first year, and PSYC410 in the second year.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

Honours in Psychology is a fourth year of study accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Why choose this course

The UOW School of Psychology offers excellent facilities and staff, which guarantee quality education and opportunities for first-rate research. The Northfields (Psychology) Clinic located on campus provides training and supervision of graduates in clinical psychology through a psychological service to the community. The Clinic offers a range of assessment, intervention and counselling services for children, adolescents and adults.

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