Bachelor of Psychology with Honours

Why study the Bachelor of Psychology with Honours at UNE?

The Bachelor of Psychology with Honours is our premier course designed for high-performing students who are aiming for a professional career in Psychology. It is an accredited, integrated, four-year Honours course that requires a high ATAR for initial entry [Rule (a)]; or admission only to the Honours year, based on a completed three-year Bachelor degree that includes a three-year sequence in Psychology that has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council [Rule (b)]*. However you can also transfer to this course from other courses, such as the Bachelor of Psychological Science, with sufficient grades in first and second year Psychology.

The first three years of the course build a foundation in Psychology, including units as diverse as Social Psychology (the study of human social behaviour), Biopsychology (the study of the brain), Psychological Testing (conducting tests of human abilities and skills), and Abnormal Psychology (the study of mental illness). In addition, an optional Minor in Criminology is available within the first three years. The fourth year is an integrated Honours year, in which you specialise in areas of study that match your strengths and career interests. The Honours year (which may be done part-time) includes components on psychological testing, clinical interviewing and interventions, ethics, research skills, and an elective reading unit. Students also complete a supervised research thesis.

* Admission to the Honours year under Rule (b) is only available for admission in Trimester 1.

For Rule (b) only - Applications close EST 11.59pm on Thursday 31st October 2019.

Note: Applicants wishing to undertake a separate, end-on, fourth year Honours in Psychology should apply for either the Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Bachelor of Science with Honours, or the Bachelor of Social Science with Honours.

Professional recognition:

After completing this degree, you are eligible for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society and to commence postgraduate professional training in psychology.

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Graduates with First Class or Second Class (Division 1) Honours are eligible to apply for the Master of Psychology (Clinical) or Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Graduates are eligible to apply for the Master of Professional Psychology.

Career Opportunities

Eligibility for postgraduate training to be a psychologist, business psychology, human resource management, social research, policy advising, university research and teaching.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 or 4 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank

86.25

2020 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation BPsych(Hons)
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 020173B
Commencing
Location Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • 1 or 4 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank 86.25
Fees CSP / International
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Total Credit Points 192
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools will be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); or

(b) hold a three-year AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree which includes a three-year sequence in Psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, completed within the last 10 years; or a three-year AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree and an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma degree which includes a three-year sequence in Psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, completed within the last 10 years; and have achieved a GPA of at least 6.25 in the 200/300/400-level Psychology units within the accredited Psychology sequence of units.

Please note: satisfaction of these requirements does not guarantee a place in the program as there is a quota on Psychology Honours admissions and selection is based solely on academic merit.

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

Recommended studies are any two units of Mathematics.

Students with previous studies in psychology must have achieved sufficient grades to satisfy the progression requirements of the UNE Psychology with Honours degree.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Candidates may elect to include a work experience unit in their program. This component equips students with hands-on practical experience in the field with local industry and service providers.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 144 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on Psychology units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Advanced standing shall only be granted for units of study in which students achieved grades that permit them to meet the course progression requirements.

Advanced standing shall not be granted for PSYC402H or PSYC403H.

Scholarships

The University offers a number of Faculty/College and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

Old Rose (BCC 157)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Psychology with Honours in 2020.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a)be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); or
(b) hold a three-year AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree which includes a three-year sequence in Psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, completed within the last 10 years; or a three-year AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree and an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma degree which includes a three-year sequence in Psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, completed within the last 10 years; and have achieved a GPA of at least 6.25 in the 200/300/400-level Psychology units within the accredited Psychology sequence of units.

Please note: satisfaction of these requirements does not guarantee a place in the program as there is a quota on Psychology Honours admissions and selection is based solely on academic merit.

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

Recommended studies are any two units of Mathematics.

Students with previous studies in psychology must have achieved sufficient grades to satisfy the progression requirements of the UNE Psychology with Honours degree.

Transfer from another UNE Award

Students enrolled in another UNE award may apply for admission into the Bachelor of Psychology with Honours, at the completion of 96 credit points, including PSYC200, PSYC202, PSYC206 and PSYC213, and have achieved a minimum GPA of 6.25 (two High Distinctions and two Distinctions) across these four units. Students must also have achieved a Credit grade minimum in both PSYC101 and PSYC102. Students may apply for admission within one teaching period following the completion of 96 credit points including PSYC200, PSYC202, PSYC206 and PSYC213. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee that a transfer will be approved. Applications for transfer into the Bachelor of Psychology with Honours will be subject to the approval of the Course Coordinator.

Re-enrolment

1. A candidate who withdraws later than the census date from PSYC402H or PSYC403H but prior to two months before the submission of the dissertation, may with Head of School permission re-enrol in PSYC402H or PSYC403H in the subsequent year, provided that the topic of study undertaken within the dissertation is different from the original enrolment.

2. A candidate who withdraws later than two months prior to the dissertation's submission date shall be deemed to have failed.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 144 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on Psychology units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Advanced Standing shall only be granted for units of study in which students achieved grades that permit them to meet the course progression requirements (refer Progression Requirements section below for a list of units that this applies to).

Advanced standing shall not be granted for PSYC402H or PSYC403H.

Suspensions and Extensions to Candidature

1. For suspensions/extensions prior to the Honours year, see General Rule (21)f, and (43) to (49).
2. In the Honours year of candidature a student may seek an extension or suspension of candidature for up to 12 months. When a student then wishes to recommence their study at the commencement of the following year, they must confirm with the Fourth Year Coordinator their intention to return by the 31 October of that preceding year.

Period of Candidature

The candidature admitted under Rule (a) the period of candidature shall be:
(a) four years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

The candidature admitted under Rule (b) the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award, a candidate admitted under Rule (a) must pass units to the value of 192 credit points with not more than 60 credit points at 100-level and at least 42 credit points at 300-level and 48 credit points at 400-level. Candidates who complete a Minor in Criminology must pass units to the value of 24 credit points including 6 credit points at 100-level, 6 credit points at 200-level and 12 credit points at 300-level.

To qualify for the award, a candidate admitted under Rule (b) must pass units to the value of 192 credit points including 48 credit points at 400-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete the program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 108 cps
Listed Units 36 cps
Approved Minor 0 or 24 cps
Elective Units 24 or 48 cps
Total 192 cps

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Approved Minor

Criminology

For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 144 cps
Honours Units 48 cps
Total 192 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Psychology with Honours.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted under Rule (a) who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Psychological Science on completion of 144 credit points or apply to transfer to another course.

Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Bachelor of Psychological Science must apply for readmission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Bachelor of Psychology with Honours. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Progression Requirements

For candidates admitted under Rule (a):

1. To continue in the course a candidate must meet the following progress requirements:

  • A Credit grade in both PSYC101 and PSYC102;
  • At least four Distinction grades in PSYC units at 200-level;
  • At least two High Distinction grades and two Distinction grades across the following 300-level PSYC units: PSYC366, PSYC371, PSYC372 and one more 300-level PSYC unit.

2. Candidates who fail to meet these course specific progression requirements will be asked to show cause as to why their candidature should not be discontinued. Unsuccessful candidates will be discontinued and may apply to transfer to another course. Eligible students may apply to exit with the Bachelor of Psychological Science on completion of 144 credit points. Additionally, students that have discontinued the course or transferred will not be re-admitted.

3. Before enrolment in units PSYC421, PSYC422, PSYC423 or PSYC424 candidates must have completed 144 credit points including Core, Listed and Elective Units at 100, 200 and 300-level in accordance with minimum progress and program of study requirements; or have been admitted to the degree under Rule (b).

4. For candidates enrolled part-time PSYC421, PSYC422, PSYC423 and PSYC424 must be successfully completed before enrolment in units PSYC402H or PSYC403H.

Classes of Honours

There shall be three classes of honours, namely First Class Honours (H1), Second Class Honours, Division 1 (H2.1), Second Class Honours, Division 2 (H2.2) and Third Class Honours (H3).
An exceptionally distinguished candidate who has been awarded First Class Honours may be awarded a University Medal.

The final class of honours will be determined on the basis of marks awarded for both dissertation and coursework with 50% allocated to each.

Calculation of Honours Result

The ratio of assessment components will equal the ratio of marks within the final grade. The calculation of results for each discipline can be found in the individual School's Honours Handbook.

Examination of Dissertation

1. The dissertation will be assessed by at least two examiners neither of whom will be the candidate's supervisor.

2. The dissertation examination processes are described in the individual School's Honours Handbook.

Submission of Dissertation

Submission of the dissertation will be 39 weeks from the commencement of the trimester in which a candidate is enrolled.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Bachelor of Psychology with Honours provides an accredited four year degree in psychology. In the first three years this involves a thorough grounding in the core areas of psychology, plus an opportunity to explore specialist areas, while also allowing the student to study other areas of interest. Students then complete an Honours program, allowing them to the proceed on to postgraduate studies, apply for supervision with a registered psychologist and apply for provisional registration as a psychologist, or otherwise undertake areas of employment requiring more than just three years of academic training in psychology.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge of the core topics of Psychology, including: abnormal psychology, biological bases of behaviour, cognition, information processing and language, individual differences, testing and assessment, learning, lifespan development, motivation and emotion, perception, social psychology, history and philosophy of psychology, intercultural diversity and indigenous psychology;
  2. describe, apply and evaluate the different research methods used by psychologists and demonstrate practical skills in psychological research design and data analysis;
  3. conduct studies to address psychological questions, including: frame research questions; undertake literature reviews; formulate testable hypotheses; operationalise variables; choose an appropriate methodology; make valid and reliable measurements; analyse data, interpret results, and write research reports using American Psychological Association (APA) structure and formatting conventions;
  4. critically evaluate psychological literature, question claims that arise from myth, stereotype, pseudoscience or untested assumptions, and recognise and defend against the major fallacies of human thinking;
  5. demonstrate effective oral communication skills in various formats (eg debate, group discussion, presentation) to share or impart psychological knowledge;
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the most widely used psychological assessments and evidence-based approaches to psychological interventions and apply the basic skills of psychological interviewing;
  7. evaluate and practise the principles of ethical behaviour in research and professional practice, in accordance with the Australian Psychological Society's Code and Guidelines, as well as the Australian 'National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce'; and
  8. demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain life-long personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practice of psychology.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will possess an in-depth body of required knowledge in psychology and have a well-developed understanding of the key principles, practices and boundaries of the discipline. This is ensured through the study of core units. Specialisation is then provided through a range of listed units at 300-level psychology, plus additional opportunity for studying in cognate disciplines in any area of the university (elective units). Further specialisation is then achieved in an individual research project and reading units at 400-level. Information provided within each unit embeds current global knowledge within the discipline of psychology.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have well-developed communication skills which are taught, assessed and practised through written assignments and face-to-face (or online equivalent) tutorial and laboratory sessions that are required in all psychology units (both core and listed). The development of this skill continues at 400-level with seminars and units in professional practice.

Problem Solving

Most of the 200/300-level psychology units include data collection in order to address an issue in the literature. The onus is then on the student to generate a research report providing a solution to that issue. This becomes a key focus at 400-level when an individual research project is required to address a specific empirical problem.

Information Literacy

Through the writing of essays and research reports students develop the skills with which to discover and process relevant information and to present it in a coherent fashion. This skill comes to the fore at 400-level whilst engaged in the individual research project and reading units.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be taught to understand and practise the highest standards of ethical behaviour associated with the discipline. They will understand and be open-minded about social, cultural and linguistic diversity in Australia and the world, and appreciate their ethical responsibilities towards colleagues, research subjects, the wider community and the environment. The issue of ethics is explicitly integrated during data collection and a range of other activities within psychology units.

Lifelong Learning

All psychology units within this degree develop the student's skills in identifying and accessing information that is relevant to their needs, through both library searches and the internet. This skill empowers students to continue accessing new information as required.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be encouraged to learn and work independently, and where appropriate, to work collaboratively. Graduates will have well developed group participation skills and the ability to work collaboratively achieved through on-campus and online interactive teaching strategies, where they will learn the importance of participating in discussions in a professional, respectful and ethical manner.

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