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 (current UNSW students, and UNSW students whose programs finished mid-2017) and then considers external applicants (those from other institutions, or UNSW graduates whose programs finished in 2016 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 completed your degree at the end of Semester 1 2017, you should apply, and 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 2016 or earlier, you should apply, and your application will be assessed, according to the guidelines for external applicants.

How to Apply

Please carefully read this step-by-step guide. 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 Wednesday, 15 November 2017. The School does not offer mid-year entry.

External applicants and UNSW graduates—domestic and international—must submit a formal program application via the UNSW Apply Onlineservice.  External applicants are not required to include supervisor information or supervisor preferences with their application. If you are asked to complete a section relating to an Honours project, proposal, or supervisor, please enter the text “Not required by the School of Psychology”. The School will contact shortlisted applicants regarding supervisor availability.

Successful applicants will be emailed in late December, or early January, regarding the next steps in the process.


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: January 2018

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