The information on this page is intended for external applicants. An external applicant is one who completes their APAC-accredited undergraduate (or bridging) sequence outside of UNSW, or graduated from UNSW over a year ago.


The School of Psychology offers a one-year APAC-accredited full-time Honours year in psychology, available for commencement in Term 1 only. The program cannot be taken part-time or by distance, and mid-year entry is not available. The Honours year for an external applicant is taken as a stand-alone Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) degree.

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

Program Description           

Students will conduct a year-long major independent research project (completed under the guidance of an academic supervisor), and write a thesis based on the project.  In addition, students complete advanced-level core and elective coursework in both Term 1 and Term 2.

Eligibility 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 applying.

Subject to the availability of School resources, places may be offered to external applicants on the basis of academic merit. Only those with an exceptional academic record in psychology (i.e., a psychology WAM of 80 or above) are encouraged to apply.

UNSW students/graduates please note:
If you complete your undergraduate (or bridging) psychology sequence in any teaching period one year and intend to commence Honours the very next year, your application will be assessed according to the guidelines for internal applicants.

Application Guidelines

Applications open on 1 August and close on 15 November.

Before applying, prospective Honours students should:

  1. Read the program Handbook.
  2. Read the School’s step-by-step guide to applying.
  3. Check out the Honours Frequently Asked Questions.
  4. Submit your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

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


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please see here.

When does the Honours year start?

The Honours year begins in late January with a mandatory Orientation Meeting for all Honours students. Details of the meeting will be supplied to successful applicants when they are advised of their application outcome. The meeting is usually held in the final week of January.


For answers to questions about the application process, eligibility, administrative issues, or anything else relating to the Honours year, please contact the School.

Information current at: May 2021