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Psychology with Honours, B.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Psychology with Honours course at University of New England  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 course that requires a high ATAR for initial entry.


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.

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.

Psychology with Honours course at University of New England  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:

  • 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;
  • describe, apply and evaluate the different research methods used by psychologists and demonstrate practical skills in psychological research design and data analysis;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • demonstrate effective oral communication skills in various formats (eg debate, group discussion, presentation) to share or impart psychological knowledge;
  • 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;
  • 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
  • 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.

Career Opportunities

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


This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 120 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Up to 10 years Part-time

  • Credits
    192 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Critical Thinking and Decision-Making
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychological Testing
  • Advanced Research Methods and Statistics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

CRICOS Code 020173B

  • A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28000 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Commonwealth supported fee

Living costs for Armidale

  • 1500 - 2100 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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