Guidelines for External Applicants

The Honours program in Psychology at UNSW is available to exceptional graduates from other institutions.  Upon completion of this program, students are awarded a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) degree.  This one-year full-time program is an accredited Fourth Year of study in Psychology and commences in late January. The School does not offer mid-year entry into the Honours program.

The School does not offer alternative fourth year programs in Psychology, such as a Graduate Diploma.

Program Description           

The Honours program in Psychology involves both coursework and completion of a research thesis.  The research thesis may be undertaken in most areas of psychology including: psychopathology; behavioural neuroscience; cognitive science; cognition and perception; forensic psychology; and social, personality and developmental psychology.  Applicants can indicate their preferred research areas but cannot be guaranteed the supervisor of their choice.

The Honours coursework component includes:

  • two compulsory courses (one each semester), covering topics such as history and systems of psychology, professional ethics, and evidence-based practice; and
  • two elective seminar streams (one each semester), covering advanced topics in psychology, and offered in a variety of areas that reflect the expertise and research specialisations of School staff.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed, within the last 10 years, either a three-year undergraduate sequence in psychology, or a Graduate Diploma in Psychology, that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).  Students enrolled in their final semester of the above-mentioned programs may also apply.  Applicants with international psychology qualifications must have the qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) before submitting an application.

Places are offered to external applicants on the basis of merit.  The School first allocates Honours places to eligible internal applicants (enrolled UNSW students, and UNSW students whose programs finish/ed mid-2018) and then considers external applicants (those from other institutions, or UNSW graduates whose programs finished in 2017 or earlier).  The number of places available for external applicants (if any) varies from year to year and depends upon the number of eligible internal applicants and the availability of School resources.  For this reason, only external applicants with an exceptional academic record in psychology will be considered.

UNSW students/graduates please note: If you complete/d your degree at the end of Semester 1 2018, your application will be assessed according to the guidelines for internal applicants (http://www.psy.unsw.edu.au/current-students/undergraduate/honours).  If you completed your degree in 2017 or earlier, you should apply, and your application will be assessed, according to these guidelines for external applicants.

How to Apply

Please carefully read this step-by-step guide, and follow the application instructions. Should you have any questions, please contact the School of Psychology via psychology@unsw.edu.au. Applications are accepted by the School from late July onwards for commencement in late January of the following year. The application deadline is Thursday, 15 November 2018. The School does not offer mid-year entry.

Shortlisted applicants will be emailed with further instructions in December or early January.

Please click here to view the 2019 Honours FAQs.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to https://student.unsw.edu.au/fees.

Postgraduate Study

An Honours degree is required for entry to most postgraduate psychology programs in Australia.

Registration as a Psychologist and APS membership

The Honours program in Psychology at UNSW meets the requirements of an accredited Fourth Year in psychology towards provisional registration as a psychologist (http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/) and associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) (http://www.psychology.org.au).

Information current at: June 2018

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