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Psychology Honours

Essential knowledge for anyone contemplating this 4th-year psychology degree.

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An honours degree in psychology is achieved by doing an additional year of study beyond a three-year Bachelor of Psychological Science or similar degree. The opportunity to study for a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is only available to high-achieving students.

Honours in psychology has special significance as it decides career options. To become a practising psychologist, you essentially need to (a) qualify for an honours program and (b) achieve a first-class or upper second-class grade. These milestones require high performance.

A typical honours year consists of four coursework subjects in semester one and a large research project or dissertation in semester two. It is more research-intensive than undergraduate studies, preparing students for evidence-based practice and clinical and research careers.

What GPA Do You Need to Get In?

The standard requirement for admission into an honours program in psychology in Australia is a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.5. This corresponds to a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 75%. In simple terms, aim for a Distinction or better in at least half of your subjects.

Table 1. Grades required for entry