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Take the next step in becoming a registered Psychologist

The upcoming semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with classes designed to support and engage all learners. Whether they're on campus or abroad, all students will be able to access Bond's exceptional and personalised learning experience through dynamic and interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.

Guaranteed offer for fourth year psychology studies*

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is the second step on the pathway to becoming a registered psychologist. It follows on from the Bachelor degree, giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge further and apply it to a specified research project. 

Under the guidance of your supervisor, you will be fully trained in research methods, psychometrics, statistics and data analytics as you work towards the submission of your final thesis. You can also tailor your studies to your particular interests, with elective studies in your choice of forensic Psychology, neuropsychology, clinical Psychology and more. 

Our Honours students have a dedicated Fourth Year Lab, equipped with the very latest data analysis software, which provides a quiet place for you to develop your research findings. You’ll also have access to the Cognitive Research Labs where you can conduct face-to-face research. 

Upon completion of the Honours program, graduates will be eligible to apply for provisional registration with the Australian Psychological Society and progress to a Masters level program or two-year supervised practice pathway. 

Bond University’s School of Psychology has earned a reputation as a leader in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research. It offers the full suite of psychology qualifications required to gain registration as a practising Psychologist; all of which are accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). 

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is recognised by APAC as the equivalent of the Fourth Year of the 6-year psychology training pathway. Thanks to Bond’s accelerated three-semesters-per-year timetable, you can complete the Honours qualification in just 8 months and the full pathway to registration in 4 years 8 months. 

Campus and Bond University Experience

Bond University has been ranked #1 in Australia for Student Experience by the Good Universities Guide for well over a decade.  

This ranking recognises that there is a big difference between learning in large anonymous cohorts and working in small, discussion-based classes where you will be mentored through your studies by world-renowned academics, researchers and psychologists, including Australia’s 2019 Psychologist of the Year, Dr Peta Stapleton. 

As an Honours / Fourth Year student, you’ll have exclusive access to our dedicated Fourth Year Lab which provides a quiet study space and a full range of data analysis software. The Cognitive Research Labs where you can conduct face-to-face research will set you up with everything you need for your Honours thesis. 

When it comes to planning your career, the team at the Career Development Centre will work with you to find internships and work placements, while the student-led Bond Psychological Society organises regular networking events where you will meet potential industry contacts and future employers. 

As for your social life – Bond is renowned for it, with a huge range of active student clubs, sporting teams, swimming pools, the aquatic centre, student gym, fitness and yoga classes, restaurants, cafes and everyone’s favourite watering hole, Don’s Tavern, all right here on campus. 

Refine your analytical and interpretative skills

The Fourth Year program provides students with an advanced level of learning and the opportunity to apply their knowledge, through research and the submission of a final thesis. Students are allocated a dedicated Supervisor to guide them through a specified research topic and share knowledge of their own research journey.

Students have access to a dedicated Fourth Year Lab equipped with data analysis software. The learning space provides a quiet environment for students to analyse data and report their findings.

Key features

  • Complete your Honours (equivalent to Fourth year) in just 8 months
  • The fastest pathway to your career as a registered practising psychologist – complete the full 6-year pathway in just 4 years 8 months
  • Extensive access to the Cognitive Research Labs
  • Exclusive access to our dedicated Fourth Year Lab and study space equipped with the latest data analytics software
  • Learn from internationally recognised psychologists, counsellors and behavioural therapists in small personalised classes
  • Develop sound research and analytical skills working on your Honours thesis

About the program

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is designed to provide students with an integrated, comprehensive, and complete education in the discipline of Psychology. Students undertake advanced training in a range of methodological (research methods, psychometrics, statistics) and applied areas, and develop competence in conducting research. Show more

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is designed to provide students with an integrated, comprehensive, and complete education in the discipline of Psychology. Students undertake advanced training in a range of methodological (research methods, psychometrics, statistics) and applied areas, and develop competence in conducting research. All applied material is based on the scientist-practitioner model, and evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention are stressed. The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) provides students with advanced education and training in the core Psychology graduate attributes, including but not limited to the following:

Advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge in some of the core research areas of the discipline;
Knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the construction, implementation and interpretation of some of the most widely used cognitive and personality assessments; knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning evidenced based approached to psychological intervention;
Explaining how the science and practice of psychology is influenced by social, historical, professional and cultural contexts.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) prepares graduates for a career in Psychology. On completion of this course, graduates may apply for provisional registration as a Psychologist providing they enrol in further postgraduate studies or undertake two years’ supervised training. Show less

ModeOn Campus and Remote
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world. 
Duration2 semesters (8 months)
Starting semesters
  • September 2021
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
Program typeHonours Degree
Study areaSocial Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Program codeHS-22002
CRICOS code063047G
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

View the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) - Program Structure and Sequencing

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) comprises seven (7) subjects, as follows:

Foundation subjects (4)

Electives (1)

Students must choose one (1) of the following subjects:

Thesis (2)

International students

To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.

Domestic students

Most students undertake four (4) subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may however enrol in fewer subjects and extend your degree over a longer period.

The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.

Semester program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $17,885* per semester average
  • Students commencing study in 2022: $18,095* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $35,770
  • Students commencing study in 2022: $36,190

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.

Academic requirements

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Psychological (Honours) include completion of an accredited three-year sequence of study in psychology in Australia, or equivalent. Applicants are assessed on academic merit and must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.5 on the Bond University 4-point scale for all second and third level psychology subjects in their undergraduate studies. Where students have not achieved this level, or competition for places has excluded them, students may be offered a place in the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science program.

Please review the Board’s Policy for applicants for general registration who hold overseas qualifications http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Codes-and-Guidelines.aspx 

It is advisable to have your qualifications assessed in the way required by the Board prior to commencing your 4th year program (i.e. before applying for the program).

Important notes for students

Upon completion of 4th year training (at Bond the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science) many students apply for provisional registration as a psychologist. Provisional registration permits the professional practice of psychology and can be achieved either in combination with Pathway 1 (two years of supervised practice), or Pathway 2 (Postgraduate studies in Psychology). Students who intend to apply for provisional registration either through supervised practice or enrolment in Postgraduate studies (eg Master of Psychology (Clinical or Professional) at Bond University) should be aware of the registration requirements in the State or Territory in which they intend to practice. One of the Psychology Board of Australia’s registration requirements is that students who obtain their undergraduate qualifications outside of an ‘approved qualification’ in Australia must have them assessed as being equivalent to an accredited three year sequence of study in psychology in Australia. When assessing suitability for entry into 4th year programs, Bond University makes every effort to ensure that core topics covered in undergraduate degrees obtained outside of Australia are equivalent to those required in an accredited three-year sequence of study in psychology in Australia, however we do not guarantee the equivalence of these degrees. Students who obtained their three-year undergraduate qualifications outside of Australia should be aware that successful completion of the 4th year program might not be sufficient for registration as a psychologist and/or the membership requirements of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Equivalency assessments may be required by the Psychology Board of Australia.

For more information on equivalency assessments please visit www.psychology.org.au Information on Psychology Board of Australia registration requirements can be obtained from http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/.

If you obtained your three-year undergraduate qualifications outside of Australia and intend to apply for provisional registration, please visit http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/.

It is advisable to have your qualifications assessed in the way required by the Board prior to enrolling in your 4th year program (i.e. before applying for the program).

English language proficiency requirements

If English is not your first language, you will be required to provide documented evidence that you have achieved an IELTS score = 7.0 (no subscore less than 6.5); TOEFL score 627 (TWE 5#); [CBT 263, Essay 5.0; iBT 108 min. all sections 26].

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.

Key dates

Bond University calendar

How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

Future outcomes

The Honours program is a stepping stone to further studies leading to registration as a practising Psychologist. Undergraduate qualifications in Psychology can also be applied to a wide range of careers that call for exceptional critical thinking, communication and analytical skills. These can be in private enterprise, government and community settings, in fields such as:  

  • Education – counselling, behaviour management 
  • Business – change management, organisational Psychology 
  • Human resources and career guidance 
  • Policy making 
  • Criminal investigations and profiling 
  • Sport and exercise – sports Psychology, athlete performance 
  • Rehabilitation – counselling 
  • Not-for-profit organisations 
  • Community action 
  • Marketing / Advertising / Communications 
  • NDIS services including mental health support 
  • Research 

and much more 

Once fully registered as a practicing Psychologist, graduates can specialise and be endorsed in nine areas of practice, namely:  

  • Clinical neuropsychology   
  • Clinical Psychology   
  • Community Psychology   
  • Counselling Psychology   
  • Educational and Developmental Psychology   
  • Forensic Psychology   
  • Health Psychology   
  • Organisational Psychology 
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology 

After completing this Fourth Year program, the options for the final two years of Psychology studies are: 

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical) – a two-year program (Years 5 and 6) for graduates with a Distinction average GPA; 
  • Master of Professional Psychology – a one-year program (Year 5) for graduates with a Credit average GPA. Graduates will need to complete a further 12 months of self-sourced supervised practice (Year 6) to be eligible for registration as a general Psychologist. 

Entry to these programs will also be based on an interview process. 

Graduates of the Honours program will need to apply for provisional registration with the Australian Psychological Society in preparation for the practicum placements in Years 5 and 6. 

Bond University’s Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as the equivalent of the Fourth Year on the pathway to becoming a registered Psychologist in Australia. 

Graduates will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a Psychologist, in preparation for the practicum placements required in the final two years (Years 5 and 6) of the training pathway. 

According to the annual Employer Satisfaction Survey published by the Australian Government Department of Education, employer satisfaction with Bond graduates has been rated highest in Australia for three years in a row. 

We believe this is due to Bond’s uniquely personalised approach to teaching, combined with the application of case-based learning that encourages the development of increased analytical reasoning, critical thinking and a range of broader employability skills.  

Our Fourth Year Psychology program is based on a scientist-practitioner model, giving students the knowledge and applied skills required to practise as a Psychologist.  

This focus on practical skills, combined with Bond’s employability initiatives such as the Career Development Centre, on and off-campus industry and work experience opportunities, means you will enter the workforce with the skills, experience and employability to stand out.

The most challenging aspect of 4th year studies is the research thesis. The thesis component is designed for students to demonstrate their ability to conceive, conduct, and report on, high level, original research. The research thesis is carried out under the supervision of an academic member of staff, and is assessed against a number of criteria. Briefly, these criteria relate to the student’s command of the area under investigation, from the conceptualisation of the problem, through the development of an appropriate strategy to investigate the problem, to clear interpretation and reporting on the outcomes of the research. The research thesis consists of two subjects.

The thesis subjects are to be completed in two consecutive semesters, regardless of full or part-time enrolment status.

Fourth year orientation session

Students are expected to attend the fourth-year orientation session held during Bond Orientation Week, which is the week before classes start. During this session students are given full details of the requirements for their fourth year of studies in psychology.

Upon completion of 4th year training (e.g., the Graduate Diploma or the Honours program) many students apply for provisional registration as a psychologist. Provisional registration permits the professional practice of psychology and can be achieved either through a Board approved Supervised Practice Program (two years of supervised practice), or through Postgraduate studies in Psychology. Students who intend to apply for provisional registration following their 4th Year studies should be aware of the registration requirements as administered by the Psychology Board of Australia under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009.  Information on Psychology Board of Australia registration requirements can be obtained from http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au

Students who obtain their undergraduate qualifications outside of an ‘approved qualification’ in Australia must have them assessed as being equivalent to an accredited three year sequence of study in psychology in Australia, prior to being granted provisional registration. Undergraduate transcripts of students wishing to undertake their 4th year studies at Bond from non-Australian institutions are carefully checked by the 4th Year Coordinator to determine equivalence with an APAC accredited 3-year sequence of study in Australia. Transcripts are checked to ensure that subject matter undertaken in the undergraduate sequence matches core areas within the discipline (e.g., perception, memory, learning, motivation and emotion, psychobiology, personality, emotion, developmental psychology, social psychology, and abnormal psychology), and includes statistics and research methods. When assessing suitability for entry into 4th year programs, Bond University makes every effort to ensure that core topics covered in undergraduate degrees obtained outside of Australia are equivalent to those required in an accredited three-year sequence of study in psychology in Australia, however we do not guarantee the equivalence of these degrees.

Students who obtained their three year undergraduate qualifications outside of Australia should be aware that successful completion of the 4th year program might not be sufficient for registration as a psychologist and/or the membership requirements of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).  Equivalency assessments may be required by the Psychology Board of Australia.  For more information on equivalency assessments please visit www.psychology.org.au

Please review the Board’s Policy for applicants for general registration who hold overseas qualifications http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Codes-and-Guidelines.aspx

It is advisable to have your qualifications assessed in the way required by the Board prior to commencing your 4th year program.

January Semester 2019 (191)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Midnight, 13 December 2018

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Monday, 7 January 2019
Interstate & Other ApplicantsMidnight, 13 December 2019*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday, 10 January 2019

May Semester 2019 (192)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Friday, April 19 2019

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Monday, 5 May 2019
Interstate & Other ApplicantsFriday, 19 April 2019*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday, 8 May 2019

September Semester 2019 (193)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Friday, 16 August 2019

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Monday, 2 September 2019
Interstate & Other ApplicantsFriday, 16 August 2019*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday, 5 September 2019

*Allows time for applicants to relocate and be present at the Mandatory Orientation

January Semester 2020 (201)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Midnight, 12 December 2019

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Monday, 6 January 2020
Interstate & Other ApplicantsMidnight, 12 December 2020*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday, 9 January 2020

May Semester 2020 (202)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Thursday, April 15 2020

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Interstate & Other ApplicantsThursday, 15 April 2020*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday, 7 May 2020

September Semester 2020 (203)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Friday, 14 August 2020

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Monday, 31 August 2020
Interstate & Other ApplicantsFriday, 14 August 2020*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday, 3 September 2020

*Allows time for applicants to relocate and be present at the Mandatory Orientation

January Semester 2021 (211)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Midnight, Thursday 10 December 2020

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Monday, 11 January 2021
Interstate & Other ApplicantsMidnight, Thursday 10 December 2020*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday, 14 January 2021

May Semester 2021 (21)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Midnight, Thursday 22 April 2021

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Monday 10 May 2021

Interstate & Other ApplicantsMidnight, Thursday 22 April 2021*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday 13 May 2021

September Semester 2021 (213)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Midnight, Thursday 19 August 2021

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Monday 6 September 2021
Interstate & Other ApplicantsMidnight, Thursday 19 August 2021*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday 9 September 2021

*Allows time for applicants to relocate and be present at the Mandatory Orientation

January Semester 2022 (221)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Midnight, 16 December 2021

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Monday 10 January 2022
Interstate & Other ApplicantsMidnight, 16 December 2021*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday 13 January 2022

May Semester 2022 (222)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Midnight, Thursday 21 April 2022

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Monday 9 May 2022
Interstate & Other ApplicantsMidnight, Thursday 21 April 2022*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday 12 May 2022

September Semester 2021 (213)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Midnight, Thursday 18 August 2022

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Monday 5 September 2022
Interstate & Other ApplicantsMidnight, Thursday 18 August 2022*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday 9 September 2022

*Allows time for applicants to relocate and be present at the Mandatory Orientation

The Fourth Year Studies in Psychology Student Guide is a valuable resource for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science. The Guide contains important advice about the Fourth Year programs of study, including coursework information and research requirements, program planners, registration advice, staff information, student resources, and administrative matters.

Please login here to access the Fourth Year Student Guide.

The Honours ranking awarded at Graduation is determined according to the following scheme of classification:

Class of HonoursGPA Cumulative %
First Class85% or above
Second Class Division A75 - 84%
Second Class Division B65 - 74%
Third Class Honours50 - 64%

The Honours ranking is calculated using the CPA achieved for all subjects in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) program, after factoring differential subject credit point weightings. Students who graduate with Second Class Honours Division A or above meet the academic eligibility criteria to apply for Postgraduate Studies in Psychology.

Further studies available through the Bond University School of Psychology:

 

Meet our academics

To learn more about our psychology academics and their research interests, visit the Staff & Research Interests page.

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