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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 options or 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
PSYC2009 Quantitative Methods in Psychology
PSYC3018 Advanced Research Methods
PSYC3025 Psychopathology Across the Lifespan
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 70% 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 70% 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 Health & Medicine and the ANU College of Science (see approved lists).
Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective major, minor or specialisation.
|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 Psychopathology Across the Lifespan 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)|
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.
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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 an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.
International applicant entry requirements
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There are no formal program prerequisites.
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Decode the puzzle of the human brain with the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).
This degree will allow you to explore both the research and applied components of psychology, with the opportunity to specialise in an area of interest when completing Honours in your fourth year.
This program is suited to those who intend to complete a postgraduate qualification in psychology and pursue a career as a clinical psychologist.
Find out more about psychology, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website.
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Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.
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Psychology graduates tend to find employment in three areas: as psychologists, in general graduate positions including HR, policy, marketing, management consulting and as psychological scientists (often in applied research settings).
The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) prepares you for postgraduate study, leading to a career in clinical practice or academic research.
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wheel will help you turn your interests into a career in science.
Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
Develop, apply, integrate and generate knowledge in educational and professional contexts
Develop and use a range of skills and methods to identify, analyse and respond to complex problems and issues.
Work and learn in both independent and collaborative ways with others to encompass diverse abilities and perspectives.
Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge.
Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence and draw appropriate conclusions.
Analyse and interpret original research data with statistical or other evaluative processes where appropriate.
Demonstrate sufficient mastery to understand and apply relevant experimental techniques and methods to collect original research data.
Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.
Exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.
The list of Honours pathway level courses offered by the ANU College of Health & Medicine and the ANU College of Science can be found here.
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.
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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.
- 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 70% 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.
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.
To find 1000-level
courses, use the catalogue finder. Remember you can choose up to 8
courses from another ANU College.
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).
|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|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.