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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 42 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 the Science course list 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 the first 3 years of your degree followed by 48 units of Honours courses in your fourth year.
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
- PSYC2007 Biological Basis of Behaviour
- PSYC2008 Cognition
- PSYC2009 Quantitative Methods in Psychology
- PSYC2012 Culture and Psychology
- PSYC3018 Advanced Research Methods
- PSYC3025 Psychopathology across the Life Span
- PSYC3026 Personality Psychology
- PSYC3202 Developmental 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.
In your 4th year of study you will undertake the Honours year.
Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses
There are two compulsory 1000 level courses you must take in your first 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:
- Download the Science first year course guide available here, or
- View the information at our New commencers & first year students page, or
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
- Come and talk to someone - you can make an appointment with an academic advisor here