Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units). Find out more about feesAUD 41,625 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units). Find out more about fees
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.
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.
Taking into account broad diversity, and consistent with current relevant legal frameworks and codes of ethical practice, graduates will apply psychological knowledge to competently and ethically achieve the following Program Learning Outcomes.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Demonstrated successful achievement of foundational competencies.
- Demonstrated appropriate interpersonal communication and interview skills in situations appropriate to psychological practice and research. This includes active listening, clarifying and reflecting, effective questioning, summarising and paraphrasing, developing rapport, appropriate cultural responsiveness and empathic responding.
- Demonstrated basic assessment strategies in situations appropriate to psychological practice and knowledge of psychometric theory and principles of the construction, cultural considerations, implementation and interpretation of some of the more widely used standardised psychological test instruments.
- Explained how basic psychological intervention strategies can be applied across a range of contexts.
- Investigated a substantive individual research question relevant to the discipline of psychology.
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Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
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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
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.
No credit is permitted for Honours programs.
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 https://www.psychology.org.au/studentHQ/studying/study-pathways.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
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 ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
Students are required to complete 80 units of core courses.
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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.
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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|PSYC4804A||Psychology Graded Honours Thesis Part A||20 units|
|PSYC4804B||Psychology Graded Honours Thesis Part B||30 units|
Honours may be awarded at the following levels:
- Class I
- Class II, Division 1
- Class II, Division 2
- Class III
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.
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.
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 College 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.
How to apply
You usually apply for Honours in the final year of your undergraduate degree. To be accepted for entry you must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science or equivalent with a credit grade point average (GPA).
To apply for entry, download and complete the following forms:
Find out more about Honours scholarships.
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