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 a pathway 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

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

084846C

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

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, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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

ENTRY 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.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

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.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY 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.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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'.


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)

86

18

18

17

17

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.


FEES

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.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$16,224 (2021)

$32,448 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



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 2020.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: 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)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2020

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

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

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 October 2020*
  • International Applicants: 31 October 2020*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Course Structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Handbook

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.

The academic staff in the School of Psychology are research active with a number of staff holding nationally competitive grants (including directorship and membership of Centres of Research Excellence) and industry based funding. The School provides an excellent environment for mentoring and developing Honours and PhD students.

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