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. 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.

Honours classification

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

Class of Honours GPA Cumulative %First Class 85% or above Second Class Division A75 - 84% Second Class Division B65 - 74% Third Class Honours 50 - 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.

Professional recognition

This program is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as the equivalent of four years university training in psychology.

Further studies

Under supervision, graduates can pursue careers in the professional practice of psychology including clinical, forensic or organisational psychology, counselling, clinical neuropsychology, health and community psychology, sports psychology, research and other specialist areas.

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 (5)

Electives (2)

Students must choose two (2) of the following subjects:

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.

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.

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 Forensic) 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.

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.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

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.

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.

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.

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