The University of Newcastle, Australia
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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UAC code


Central Coast

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020

AUD39,640 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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1 year full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40100
CRICOS code: 095150M

Program handbook


This program provides an accredited Honours level 4th year of study in psychology.  The content of the program includes a number of advanced topics in psychology together with the completion of an Honours level research thesis.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in the discipline of psychology.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in written and/or oral formats to present an independent exposition of knowledge and ideas to various audiences.
  • Use high level cognitive skills to review, analyse and synthesize empirical knowledge to make informed decisions in applied psychology and psychological research.
  • Work independently and collaboratively on psychological research projects applying intellectual independence and highly skilled research abilities.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and commitment to ethical principles in professional practice and research.
  • Demonstrate developing knowledge and skills in the practice of psychology including topics in therapeutic intervention and psychometric testing.
  • Apply advanced theoretical and empirical perspectives, critical thinking and independent judgement to extend understanding and create innovative solutions in applied psychology and/or psychology research.


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Program code40100
AQF level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 year full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Callaghan CampusNANA

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Term typeSemesters
  • International students - AUD39,640 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Science
Contributing schools
  1. School of Psychology
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code095150M

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed the Bachelor of Psychological Science or an equivalent program accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), with a minimum GPA of 5.0 (credit grade average) on a 7.0 point scale, calculated across all 2000 and 3000 level Psychology coded courses contributing to their APAC accredited degree (or equivalent). Applicants who have completed an APAC accredited Graduate Diploma must achieve a GPA of 5.0 across all units contributing to the Graduate Diploma. Entry is competitive and meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee that an applicant will be admitted to the program.

Applicants who have completed their APAC accredited bachelor degree (or equivalent) at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, must provide a supporting letter from the institution clearly stating that they have completed an APAC accredited undergraduate sequence.

Whilst applicants may have achieved a grade point average to enable application to this program, an offer is not guaranteed due to a limited amount of places available. Applications will be ranked by academic merit.

Domestic applicants can apply by submitting the End-On Honours Application Form 

International applicants can apply by submitting the End-On Honours Application Form and the International Application Form 

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0. Please be aware that the current standard English language competency for registration as a practitioner in your discipline in most states of Australia is IELTS 7.0.

Credit transfer

No credit is permitted for Honours programs.

Professional recognition

Psychology Board of Australia (under AHPRA)

Students who complete the four year program requirements are currently eligible to apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.  The requirements for registration as a psychologist are determined by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, which came into effect in July 2010.  Pathways to registration as a psychologist are provided at

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at

Program requirements

Students are required to complete 80 units of core courses.

Additional documents

Transition arrangements

2020 Revision

From 2020 PSYC4100 was replaced by PSYC4300. For students who commenced the program prior to 2020, please refer to the 2020 Transition Arrangements in the Additional Documents section for more information.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
PSYC4000Advanced Methodology
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4200Pre-Professional Psychological Interviewing and Assessment
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4300Pre-Professional Psychological Assessment and Intervention
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4804APsychology Graded Honours Thesis Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
20 units
PSYC4804BPsychology Graded Honours Thesis Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
30 units


There are three classes of Honours: Class I, Class II and Class III. Class II will have two divisions, namely Division 1 and Division 2. The grading and marking of End On Honours programs is defined in the Bachelor Honours Policy (Policy 000990)

Additional information

Additional Information (Prospective Students)

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.