single degree

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

A single four year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

BPSYH
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

Study the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) to understand the brain and human behaviour. Whether your interests lie in mental health, personality disorders or the pure functioning of the brain, this degree will allow you to explore both the research and applied components of psychology. In your third year you will have the opportunity to specialise in an area of interest before completing Honours in your fourth year where you will conduct a major research project. This program will better prepare those who intend to complete a postgraduate qualification in psychology and pursue a career as a clinical psychologist.

 

Start your journey in psychology and understand those unanswered questions about individuals and society.

 

For more information on our educational offerings, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories please visit our website.

Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Psychology:

Despite popular belief most psychology graduates work with people who are mentally healthy. Psychological graduates tend to find employment in three areas: as psychologists, in general graduate positions, and as psychological scientists (often in applied research settings).

The main areas in which psychologists are employed include clinical, organisational, health, community, counselling and educational/developmental psychology.

Psychology is an excellent preparation for broader graduate employment. Psychology graduates gain analytical, quantitative, report writing and communication skills that are focused on the issues and problems confronting human beings.

Psychological science is an exciting career option with employment opportunities in the private and public sector as well as in universities and can involve designing interventions to solve human problems and researching how people function in different environments.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. Develop, apply, integrate and generate knowledge in educational and professional contexts

  2. Develop and use a range of skills and methods to identify, analyse and respond to complex problems and issues.

  3. Work and learn in both independent and collaborative ways with others to encompass diverse abilities and perspectives.

  4. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge.

  5. Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence and draw appropriate conclusions.

  6. Analyse and interpret original research data with statistical or other evaluative processes where appropriate.

  7. Demonstrate sufficient mastery to understand and apply relevant experimental techniques and methods to collect original research data.

  8. Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.

  9. Exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

Further Information

The list of Honours pathway level courses offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences can be found here.

Please note:

An Honours Pathway Option (HPO) is a alternative piece of assessment/assignment, assessed at a higher level, attached to a regular course. Students who enrol in certain courses have the option of undertaking this piece of assessment and must identify themselves to the course convener at the beginning of the semester so that they can attend extra classes or submit the assignment accordingly. HPOs are usually identified in the Programs and Courses catalogue where there is further information regarding what the assessment entails and how it is graded.

An Honours Pathway Course (HPC) is a course that is inherently taught at a higher level. An HPC is usually identified as such in the Programs and Courses catalogue.


Want to learn more about the structure of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) or wish to map out your degree? Click here to see a short program presentation video and access the study plan.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
95
QLD Band:
4
International Baccalaureate:
37

Prerequisites

There are no formal program prerequisites.

Bonus Points

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to http://www.uac.edu.au/eas/  for more information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$39,024.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) requires completion of 192 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of Honours pathway courses in the subject area PSYC Psychology

The 192 units must include:

60 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

PSYC1003 Psychology 1: Understanding Mind, Brain and Behaviour

PSYC1004 Psychology 2: Understanding People in Context

PSYC2001 Social Psychology

PSYC2002 Developmental Psychology

PSYC2007 Biological Basis of Behaviour

PSYC2008 Visual Perception and Cognition

PSYC2009 Quantitative Methods in Psychology

PSYC3018 Advanced Research Methods

PSYC3025 Abnormal Psychology across the Life Span

PSYC3026 Personality Psychology

18 units from completion of 3000-level courses in the subject area PSYC Psychology

12 units from completion of further 1000-level courses from the Science Course List

6 units from completion of further courses from the Science Course List

48 units from completion of the Psychology Honours specialisation

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU.

Students must achieve a minimum 75% weighted average mark in each period (Summer/First Semester/Autumn and Winter/Second Semester/Spring) in courses in the subject area PSYC Psychology in order to continue in the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). Students who do not achieve a minimum of 75% weighted average mark will be transferred to the Bachelor of Science (Psychology).

Where there is mention of Science courses, majors, minors and specialisations this refers to courses, majors, minors and specialisations that are offered or approved by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (see approved lists).

 

Specialisations

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units PSYC1003 Psychology 1: Understanding Mind, Brain and Behaviour 6 units 1000 level Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
PSYC1004 Psychology 2: Understanding People in Context 6 units 1000 level Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
Year 2 48 units PSYC2002 Developmental Psychology 6 units Science elective 6 units PSYC2009 Quantitative Methods in Psychology 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
PSYC2001 Social Psychology 6 units PSYC2008 Cognition 6 units PSYC2007 Biological Basis of Behaviour 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
Year 3 48 units PSYC3025 Abnormal Psychology across the Life Span 6 units 3000 level PSYC course 6 units 3000 level PSYC course 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
PSYC3026 Personality Psychology 6 units PSYC3018 Advanced Research Methods 6 units 3000 level PSYC course 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
Year 4 48 units PSYC4011 Psychology Honours 12 to 24 units (Psychology Honours) enrolled in once per semester to a value of 24 units (full-time) or 12 units (part-time) (Psychology Honours) enrolled in once per semester to a value of 24 units (full-time) or 12 units (part-time) (Psychology Honours) enrolled in once per semester to a value of 24 units (full-time) or 12 units (part-time)
PSYC4011 Psychology Honours 12 to 24 units (Psychology Honours) enrolled in once per semester to a value of 24 units (full-time) or 12 units (part-time) (Psychology Honours) enrolled in once per semester to a value of 24 units (full-time) or 12 units (part-time) (Psychology Honours) enrolled in once per semester to a value of 24 units (full-time) or 12 units (part-time)

Back to the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) page

Please note that if you are commencing your studies in semester 2 there may be restrictions on the courses available for enrolment. We strongly recommend that you make an appointment with an academic advisor. You can make an appointment by using our online booking system here. Alternatively, you can call Science Central on 6125 2809. There will also be advisory sessions offered during the week before semester commences.

The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is designed for those students who are seeking a four year sequence in psychology. The degree offers concentrated study in psychology for students who want a thorough exploration of the discipline and the opportunity for specialisation in their third year before conducting a major research project in the Honours year. It includes courses in the major substantive areas of psychology, together with comprehensive training in the research design and data analysis techniques used in psychological science. Students are expected to maintain a high level of academic excellence in psychology courses. Note: this is a restricted entry program. Most students accepted into Honours psychology at ANU will continue to enter via other pathways such as BSc (Psych), BSc and BA.




Single degree

  • This degree requires 192 units
  • A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses of which 24 units must be Science
  • A minimum of 36 units 3000 level PSYC courses
  • Completion of the accredited sequence of psychology courses
  • An average of 75% in PSYC courses must be maintained each semester to remain in the program
  • Completion of at least 4 Honours Pathway Options/Courses in the first 3 years of study
  • Other courses from Science or another ANU College (maximum non-science allowed 48 units)
  • Completion of 48 units in the Honours year

About this degree

In a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) single degree program you will study a total of 192 units.  Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 courses across your whole degree.

In the first 3 years of your degree you will need to complete a minimum of 16 science courses (96 units) including the following accredited courses:

PSYC1003 Psychology 1

PSYC1004 Psychology 2

PSYC2001 Social Psychology

PSYC2002 Developmental Psychology

PSYC2007 Biological Basis of Behaviour

PSYC2008 Visual Perception and Cognition

PSYC2009 Quantitative Methods in Psychology

PSYC3018 Advanced Research Methods

PSYC3025 Abnormal Psychology across the Life Span

PSYC3026 Personality Psychology

You will also get to choose eight courses (48 units) from other ANU Colleges.  You can try a range of courses or take a major or minor in a non-Science subject, such as history or marketing. The choice is yours.

Enrolment Status

It is possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.

  • You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
  • You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
  • You may take 1000-level courses later in your program.  But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Psychology (Honours) half of the double degree.

In your 4th year of study you will undertake the Honours year.





Electives

To find 1000-level courses, use the catalogue finder.  Remember you can choose up to 8 courses from another ANU College if you are undertaking the single Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program.




Study Options

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).

Study Options

Year 1 48 units PSYC1003 Psychology 1: Understanding Mind, Brain and Behaviour 6 units 1000 level Science elective 6 units Science or non-science course 6 units Science or non-science course 6 units
PSYC1004 Psychology 2: Understanding People in Context 6 units 1000 level Science elective 6 units Science or non-science course 6 units Science or non-science course 6 units

Academic Advice

For further information, you can:

  • Visit the Research School of Psychology webpage here, or
  • Download the Science first year course guide available here, or
  • View our program presentation videos located on our New commencers & first year students page, or
  • Email us at science.enquiries@anu.edu.au, or
  • Come and talk to someone face-to-face. You can make an appointment with an academic advisor here or by calling Science Central on 6125 2809.


Back to the top

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions