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Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

  • Bachelor (Honours)

Study the mind and its processes, behaviour and mental states with Deakin's Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). An honours year is included in this four-year degree, distinguishing it from our other psychology courses.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor (Honours)
Duration
4 years full-time
Course Code
H345
Study Mode
Online, In person
Intake Months
Jun, Oct

About this course

Study the mind and its processes, behaviour and mental states with Deakin's Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). An honours year is included in this four-year degree, distinguishing it from our other psychology courses. Honours includes practical training that prepares you for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and sets you on the pathway to general registration.

Deakin is the only Victorian university where you can study specialist psychology majors during your undergraduate degree, allowing you to learn more about what you're passionate about. Apply your new skills in the real world with professional placements that strengthen your employment prospects and provides 140 hours of valuable industry experience. In your honours year, you'll complete an individual research project and undertake advanced studies in counselling, psychological assessment, ethics and research methods.

Do you want to become an expert in human behaviour, personality and emotion, and use those skills to help people?

Psychology is about understanding the underlying mental processes and factors behind human behaviour. This course will equip you with the skills and strategies to be able to help people, no matter which area of psychology you pursue.

This course differs to the Bachelor of Psychological Science and the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), as it has an honours¹ year embedded in the course. You can then pursue two distinct paths: further study in pursuit of full registration as a psychologist, or employment that doesn't require registration, such as:

  • counselling
  • social work
  • youth work
  • careers counselling
  • life counselling
  • mental health rehabilitation
  • marketing
  • social research
  • human resources management
  • developmental psychology.

You can select a specialist major in Child and Family, Organisational Studies or Forensic Studies. In addition to your chosen major sequence, you will cover a number of broad areas of psychology, including:

  • behavioural and clinical neuroscience
  • child and adolescent psychology
  • cognitive psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • psychopathology
  • relationships and the psychology of groups.

As a graduate, you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist and for entry into APAC accredited masters or doctoral-level training programs that lead to full registration as a psychologist.

Students wishing to become fully registered psychologists can apply to continue their study by undertaking one of the following Deakin postgraduate courses:

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)
  • Master of Psychology (Organisational)
  • Master of Professional Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology (Clinical).

Deakin's School of Psychology is one of the largest and most progressive psychology departments in Australia. The School has strong partnerships with industry, including collaborative activities with government agencies, public and private organisations, hospitals and other universities. These partnerships ensure your degree remains relevant to industry and workforce needs. You'll be in high demand by employers who want graduates that are ready to face problems with confidence.

¹ There is a quota on honours places and successful applicants must achieve at least a mid-credit (65%) for Research Methods B and a sufficient mark for their remaining level-2 and level-3 psychology core units.

Study locations

Cloud (Online)

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Burwood (Melbourne)

Online

Career pathways

If you are ready to take your psychology career further, the option to become a fully registered psychologist is available by undertaking a master's or doctorate qualification in psychology.

If you choose to pursue full registration as a psychologist, you may find employment in a variety of roles, including:

  • clinical psychologist
  • cognitive neuroscientist
  • counsellor
  • criminal psychologist
  • educational and developmental psychologist
  • family therapist
  • forensic psychologist
  • health and community psychologist
  • mental health officer
  • organisational psychologist
  • rehabilitation counsellor
  • sport and exercise psychologist
  • youth psychologist.

The contexts in which you work may include:

  • private clinics and practices
  • public and private hospitals
  • business corporate organisations
  • schools and universities
  • government departments and agencies
  • community sporting clubs and institutes
  • various social research organisations.

If your passion is not to complete further study to become a registered psychologist, there are still many diverse career options available, including child protection, family support, human services, marketing and communications, not-for-profit aid, public health, social work and youth work.

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as 'subjects') may be worth 1 or 4 credit points - check each unit for its credit point value in the course structure below. Most students choose to study 4 credit points per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 32 credit points include at least 21 psychology (i.e., 'HPS') credit points (these are compulsory), 3 psychology elective units (you can choose which psychology units to study) and 8 elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

Following successful completion of the first 3 levels of the course (i.e., at the completion of 24 credit points), students will be considered for progression to the level-4 'honours' year of the course.

There is a quota on honours places and successful applicants must achieve at least a mid-credit (65%) for Research Methods B and a sufficient mark for their remaining level-2 and level-3 psychology core units (a 'minimum mark' is calculated each year based on the previous year's competition for places and the academic merit of the cohort of students who apply).

Failure to achieve an honours place results in an alternative exit from H345 with course H344 Bachelor of Psychological Science. Such students may apply for a fee-paying alternative to honours: course H650 Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Students who do not wish to complete the honours year may also opt for this alternative exit.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

Please note that a maximum of five credit points can be granted for Psychology core units.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.