Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours (M4Y)

Overview  2019

ATAR

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Duration

Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

ATAR

No Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

:
See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1
The Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours, BPsychSc(Hons), provides students who have graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological Science or Bachelor of Behavioural Science degree with sufficient merit, the opportunity to complete an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited fourth year program in Psychology.

The BPsychSc(Hons) program provides training in research, advanced theoretical topics and an introduction to professional training and is identical to that offered in the BA(Hons), BSc(Hons) and the fourth year of the BPsych(Hons). It is the pathway to postgraduate training and research for BPsychSc graduates.

The BPsychSc(Hons) is normally undertaken by full-time study. Part-time enrolments require prospective approval from the Division of Psychology.

The main objectives of the fourth year psychology program are to provide for the completion of an integrated and comprehensive education in the discipline of psychology, to permit advanced level study in a range of areas, and to develop competence in conducting research. It seeks to provide academic preparation of students in the scientist/practitioner model and equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required for roles as provisionally registered psychologists and as a basis for further postgraduate study in professional training programs or in research.

Career outcomes

There are many career pathways available for students who have completed an Honours degree in psychology, including:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing and market research
  • Employment and training services
  • Teaching
  • Community health and welfare
  • Health services support e.g. drug and alcohol, cancer, disability, rehabilitation
  • Probation and parole services
  • Aged, family and child services
  • Policy and panning
  • Counselling

If you aim to become a registered psychologist, there are three options open to you after completing an APAC accredited Honours degree in psychology:

Option 1: 4 + 2 Internship Pathway

Option 2: 5 + 1 Internship Pathway e.g. Master of Professional Psychology

Option 3: APAC-accredited postgraduate professional psychology degree e.g. Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Further information about these options can be found on the Australian Psychological Society website: http://wwwpsychology.org.au/studentHQ/studying/study-pathways/#3

Professional Recognition

The BPsychSc(Hons) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Completion of a four-year accredited program followed by two years of supervised experience or postgraduate training is required for general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Membership of the Australian Psychological Society requires a four-year degree followed by at least a two-year postgraduate degree.

Course structure

An accredited fourth year in psychology must provide students with advanced education and training in core areas and must contain a substantial individual research project. An opportunity for coverage of applied topics and applied skills as a basis for subsequent training in advanced professional skills may also be offered.

The course comprises four coursework units (50%), plus a research thesis (50%).

Full time students should enrol in all coursework and research units. Students approved to study part-time should enrol in the coursework units in Year 1 and the research units in Year 2.

Coursework units (50%)

This unit revises and expands on the research design and statistical analyses covered in the undergraduate psychology program and covers the ethics requirements for conducting and reporting research.It extends statistical analyses to more advanced statistical methods relevant to research and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores the role of theory in a range of core and contemporary domains of psychological research. Through lectures, workshops, and written assignments, students will examine the processes of deriving hypotheses from theory and updating theory in light of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

A major aim of this unit is to extend students’ theoretical understanding of assessment issues, assessment practice and reporting by providing supervised experience in conducting assessment interviews, and in the administration and interpretation of personality, IQ and other cognitive tests…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, students will develop pre-professional competencies in psychology as well as gain further understanding of the professional practice roles psychologists undertake across a broad range of employment settings. Students will learn about the theory and practice of psychology…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Research Thesis units (50%)

This unit involves developing a substantial independent empirical study of a psychological nature. Under the guidance of their supervisor, students research the literature, develop the research question, design the study and prepare a written research proposal for presentation to a…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit involves conducting and reporting a substantial independent empirical study of a psychological nature. Under the guidance of their supervisor, students conduct an approved independent study, analyse and report the results of the research to a seminar audience, and…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

      
N.B. Students will also be enrolled in XSB400 Honours (0 points) in their final semester.

Entry requirements

The entrance requirements for the Psychology Honours Program include a Bachelor's Degree (BA, BSc, BPsychSc, BBehavSc or equivalent) with a three-year sequence in Psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, and a good academic record.  Applicants are expected to have a substantial background in psychology, including statistical methods.  Applicants who have completed their undergraduate studies at the University of Tasmania will have completed the eight core psychology units at 200 and 300 level (6 units from the Psychology major at 200 and 300 level + 2 units at 200 level from the Behavioural Science major/minor sequence).

Applicants should note that meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee entry to the Psychology Honours Program as each year the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of places.  Places are limited by the availability of research facilities and staff resources.  A competitive entry process is followed based on academic merit. Candidates would normally be expected to obtain at least a Distinction average in the 200 and 300 level units in the Psychology major and the 200 level units in the Behavioural Science minor.

For further information regarding applying for the Psychology Honours Program please refer to the Psychology Honours FAQs (PDF 430KB)

Please note that the closing date for applications for 2019 is 31st October 2018.

BPsych(Hons) graduates will be eligible to apply for entry to postgraduate professional training courses in psychology, e.g. MPsych(Clin), MProfPsych and other professional specialisations offered at other tertiary institutions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2018, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2018, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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