Guidelines for External Applicants

An Honours year in psychology at UNSW is available to exceptional graduates from other institutions.  The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is a one-year APAC-accredited full-time program and commences in late January. The program cannot be taken part-time or by distance, and mid-year entry is not available.

The School does not offer any other alternative fourth year program, such as a Graduate Diploma.

Program Description           

The Honours year 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 from other institutions must have completed, within the last 10 years, a three-year undergraduate (or bridging) sequence in psychology (accredited as such by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)). 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 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.  Only external applicants with an exceptional academic record in psychology (i.e., Psychology WAM of 80 and above) are encouraged to submit an application.

UNSW students/graduates please note:
If you complete your undergraduate psychology sequence in Terms 1, 2 or 3 of any given year and intend to commence Honours the very next year, your application will be assessed according to the guidelines for internal applicants (http://www.psy.unsw.edu.au/current-students/undergraduate/honours).

If you complete your undergraduate psychology sequence more than one year before you intend to commence Honours, you must apply, and your application will be assessed, according to these guidelines for external applicants.

How to Apply

Please carefully read the step-by-step guide and follow the application instructions.  Applications open on 1 August and close on 15 November.

 Frequently Asked Questions

 For additional information, please review the Honours Frequently Asked Questions.


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: April 2020

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