Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours (M4Y)

Overview  2016


ATAR Clearly-In Rank

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mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years


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.


Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

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.

Mid-year entry may be available but conditions apply.  Applicants should note that it may take longer to complete the Program by mid-year entry depending on whether the student commences the research project in the first or second semester of enrolment.

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:

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

Contemporary controversies and theoretical perspectives in psychology are considered and discussed in this unit, enabling students to develop a knowledge of key concepts and theoretical perspectives in psychology and to develop critical thinking skills.The lecture component consists of lectures on…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

A major aim of this unit is to extend students' theoretical understanding of assessment issues and practice by providing supervised experience in administration and interpretation of individual IQ tests used by practising psychologists. Other aims are to develop an awareness…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Students will develop an advanced knowledge of particular areas of psychology, relate issues to theory and empirical research, and undertake a critical evaluation of one of the advanced level topics. Various topics will be presented by members of staff in…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

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.  

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.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.

International students

2016 Annual Tuition Fee (international students): $28,000 AUD.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA for 2016 is $290 AUD.


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

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