- Length 4 year full-time
- Minimum 192 Units
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:
72 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:
PSYC1003 Psychology 1: Understanding Mind, Brain and Behaviour (6 units)
PSYC1004 Psychology 2: Understanding People in Context (6 units)
PSYC2001 Social Psychology (6 units)
PSYC2007 Biological Basis of Behaviour (6 units)
PSYC2008 Cognition (6 units)
PSYC2009 Quantitative Methods in Psychology (6 units)
PSYC2012 Culture and Psychology (6 units)
PSYC3018 Advanced Research Methods (6 units)
PSYC3020 Health Psychology (6 units)
PSYC3025 Psychopathology Across the Lifespan (6 units)
PSYC3026 Personality Psychology (6 units)
PSYC3202 Developmental Psychology (6 units)
12 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
48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
48 units from completion of the Psychology Honours specialisation
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).
|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||PSYC2012 Culture and Psychology 6 units||PSYC2009 Quantitative Methods in Psychology 6 units||Science or non-Science elective 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||PSYC3018 Advanced Research Methods 6 units||PSYC3202 Developmental Psychology 6 units||3000 level PSYC course 6 units|
|PSYC3026 Personality Psychology 6 units||PSYC3020 Health Psychology 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|
At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.
In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.
? School leavers will be assessed on:
• the minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) requirement or equivalent for this program,
• the co-curricular or service requirement, and
• any program specific requirements that are listed below.
? Non school leavers:
a) will be assessed on:
• the minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) requirement or equivalent for this program,
b) Non school leavers who:
• complete a recognised Australian (or equivalent) post-secondary qualification, or
• complete one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) of an Australian (or equivalent) degree qualification, or
• complete an approved tertiary preparation course/program without undertaking any further study,
will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. Non school leavers must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.
Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. A list of commonly observed international qualifications and corresponding admission requirements can be found here . Applicants must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.
Diversity factors & English language proficiency
As Australia's national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.
There are no formal program prerequisites.
Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies.
Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded.
You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:
- applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
- undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
- achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
- not previously attempted tertiary study.
Please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.
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- Annual indicative fee for international students
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All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)
The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.
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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.
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.
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Psychology graduates have skills essential to any workplace: an understanding of human motivation and behaviour, analytical skills and research skills including statistics.
The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is a fantastic launch pad for a range of careers, including research, management consulting, human resources, marketing, public policy, child development and welfare, health and human services, education, counselling and clinical practice. Please see https://psychology.anu.edu.au/study/career-opportunities for more information.
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) graduates who wish to practice as psychologists or clinical psychologists can undertake the following programs:
- Master of Professional Psychology: this pathway enables graduates to eventually become registered psychologists by the Psychology Board of Australia; or
- Master of Clinical Psychology or the PhD (Clinical Psychology): this pathway enables graduates to eventually become registered psychologists with specialist endorsement in clinical psychology by the Psychology Board of Australia. Entry to the Master of Clinical Psychology and the PhD (Clinical Psychology) is highly competitive due to limited spaces.
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.
Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.
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.
Important fee information for commencing and continuing domestic undergraduate students intending to study psychology as a professional pathway:
Please note that due to changes in Australian government funding from 2021 as a result of the Job Ready Graduates Package, fees for Behavioural Science courses will be invoiced at different rates. This will affect students in the following manner:
Study of the accredited sequence of psychology courses taken under the psychology degrees recognised by the Australian Government will be eligible for the Professional Pathway funding rates (HECS band 2). At ANU, these programs are:
- Bachelor Science (Psychology) - (3 year degree)
- Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (Honours) - (+1 Hons year)
- Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) - (4 year degree incl Honours).
Note that Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (Honours) students who commenced their Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at ANU prior to 1 January 2021will be classed as continuing students.
While the accredited sequence of psychology courses can be taken as part of other programs of study at ANU [Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)], the study of psychology is not compulsory therefore Psychology courses in these programs will be charged different fees (HECS band 4).
Continuing students (enrolled before 1 January 2021) studying courses in disciplines with increased student contribution amounts, will be grandfathered under the legislation. That is, they will continue paying the same amount as they would have, had these reforms not been implemented for any courses that would otherwise have an increased student contribution.
For more information on the 2021 fee changes to Student Contributions Amounts, please visit https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/student-contributions; and for more information on the Job Ready Graduates Package please visit https://www.studyassist.gov.au/
The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)
Change to program orders from 2023 - advice for students
From 2023, key changes have been made to the list of compulsory courses as follows: PSYC2012 and PSYC3020 are compulsory. PSYC2002 is recoded to PSYC3202 and is still compulsory. Students will have to complete a minimum of 14 PSYC coded courses as per the program requirements.
- Students admitted to the APSYC prior to 2023 are expected to follow the rules of the year in which which they were matriculated into the program and should complete the APAC accreditation requirements as they were prior to 2023.
- Students admitted to the APSYC from 2023, including internal program transfer, will be expected to follow the rules of the year in which they were matriculated and should complete the APAC accreditation requirements as per the program orders from 2023. Students transfering into the program from 2023 are encouraged to seek academic advice, if PSYC2002 has already been completed.
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 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.
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.
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.