Honours in psychology is either taken in the fourth year of the Bachelor of Psychological Science (BPsySc) or offered as a one-year full-time (or two-year part-time) postgraduate qualification in the Faculties of Arts (BA(Hons)) and Science (BSc(Hons)).The Pass Stream is only available to those students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science.
Both Honours and Pass streams of the BPsySc, and the BA(Hons) and BSc(Hons) are accredited by the Australian Psychological Society (APAC) as approved Level 4 programs in psychology, and qualify graduates to apply for provisional registration as a Psychologist in Australia (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), and qualify graduates to apply for provisional registration in Australia.
Although the fourth-year program in Psychology is offered as a part-time program, there are no timetabling provisions for "evening-only" attendance (ie regular attendance during normal university hours is expected).
The fourth year of study commences in Semester 1. There is no mid-year intake.
The on-course BPsySc honours program is identical to the postgraduate honours programs in the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and the Bachelor of Science (Hons). Entry to the honours year is determined by GPA. Honours stream students may be eligible to apply for further postgraduate training, depending on GPA, upon completion of fourth year.
Students not wishing to undertake an individual honours project or who do not meet the GPA requirement for entry to the Honours stream are able to complete fourth year in the Pass stream. The thesis component for Pass stream students is weighted less heavily as additional coursework is undertaken. Upon completion of the fourth year of study, students in the Pass stream are eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist and may seek supervised practice to achieve full registration.
Students completing the pass stream are potentially eligible for Masters coursework and DClin Psych programs. Pass students are required to achieve grades of 7 throughout the entire fourth year of study, and on the group-supervised research thesis. Students are warned that such entry is highly competitive.
Students in the Bachelor of Psychological Science who do not wish to complete either of the fourth year programs may elect to graduate after three years of study with a Bachelor of Behavioural Science. Depending on GPA, graduates with this degree will be eligible to apply for the Masters of Counselling, or fourth year psychology programs at other universities.
The BA(Hons) and BSc(Hons) programs are only available to students who have completed the approved sequence of study in Psychology and who meet the GPA requirements. Honours students may be eligible to apply for further postgraduate training, depending on GPA, upon completion of fourth year.
There are other options after third year for BA and BSc students. The Masters of Counselling takes students with a three-year degree in Psychology.