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Start date
February

Campus
Magill

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MHPU

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 26,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
036237D

Key features

  • Gain advanced research skills, and have the opportunity to have your manuscripts published in scientific journals.
  • Benefit from our on-campus facilities, including multiple research groups with international profiles, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a fully-functioning Psychology Clinic, and a live-in, time-isolated sleep and chronobiology laboratory.
  • Have the opportunity to study part of your degree overseas.
  • Be taught by world-class leaders in research at a university that is ranked number one in the state for research in psychology1.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning, including doctoral studies.
  • Gain a well-respected qualification that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

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Snapshot

Snapshot

This degree will provide you with an understanding of psychological theory; psychology research methods; critical and analytical thinking; and counselling and interpersonal skills.

As an honours student you will focus on research methodologies and you will graduate with the ability to design, conduct and evaluate research. UniSA has been ranked number one in South Australia for psychology research1, and as part of your studies you will graduate with specialised knowledge and skills in this area.

Our world-class learning facilities enable you to learn in simulated real-world environments. These practical learning environments will see you graduate will the skills and confidence needed to work in a clinical setting.

Applying for the one year Honours program

Students who have completed a three-year degree in psychology or psychological science and wish to apply for the Honours year should lodge an online application direct to the University of South Australia via UniSA’s Apply Online portal using the program code MHPU.

Applications for entry to the Honours year through Apply Online close on 30 November.

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Why Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Why this Degree

This honours degree is taught by researchers who are world-class in their field, at a university ranked number one in South Australia for research in psychology.1

Studying this degree will see you graduate industry-ready. As part of your studies you will complete in-depth research and project work, which will equip you with the specialised skills you will need for a career in this area.

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Your career

The ability to listen and analyse, plus the possession of critical thinking skills and an interest in human behaviour and biology are key attributes of students considering a career in psychology. As a graduate you will be qualified to work in a range of areas including the health and human services sectors, research organisations, government, and non-government organisations. Careers to consider: 

  • clinical psychologist (with further study): work with patients to identify and diagnose emotional, mental and behavioural issues
  • neuropsychologist (with further study): assess and evaluate the brain function of people with brain injuries or abnormal brain functioning
  • research assistant: assist with academic research; research assistants are often employed by universities or research institutes
  • work and organisational psychologist: use psychological principles and research methods to solve problems in the workplace

Professional accreditation

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. On completion of the program, graduates will have met the academic requirements for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society and the prerequisites for postgraduate study in Psychology.

What others are saying

UniSA lets your voice be heard and every staff member goes above and beyond. I have always felt supported.

Francesco Forgione

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Francesco Forgione

Francesco Forgione

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

From day one, there was a heavy emphasis on developing high quality report writing skills, which are essential to success in this field. I know that this, along with the quality of academics and the degree's focus on evidence based practice, will give me the critical analysis skills I need to work in the clinical psychology field.

Nicholas Ghan

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Nicholas Ghan

Nicholas Ghan

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Psychology at UniSA has an excellent balance between research and hands-on practice - the standard of teaching combined with the state-of-the-art facilities prepares students for what they want to do after graduation. The inclusion of counselling courses and psychology placements also makes it a unique degree, providing both the skills and real-world experience needed for a variety of careers including disability support work and counselling.

Chris Ghan

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Chris Ghan

Chris Ghan

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

My studies at UniSA have enabled me to develop very good counselling skills, as well as research skills. My biggest career highlight was working as the counsellor at Gay Mens Health, a program of the AIDS Council of SA. I enjoyed this role because I was able to work with gay men and help them to sort through some complex issues in their lives.

Terry Evans

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Terry Evans

Terry Evans

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Core psychology courses, along with an Indigenous studies course and a professional development course, will make up your first three years of study. During your third year you will also select from a number of psychology-specific professional development courses, complementing the degree’s core content. These courses include:

  • Health Psychology
  • Work and Organisational Psychology
  • Language, Context and Social Behaviour
  • Conservation Psychology
  • Psychophysiology of Sleep
  • Psychological Research Experience

During your final year you will undertake advanced coursework and a supervised research project. You will also choose from a selection of electives, giving you the opportunity to study courses from another discipline or area of interest.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. There may be essays, assignments and examinations. You could also expect:

  • article reviews
  • critical analysis
  • research reports
  • article evaluations
  • online multiple choice questions

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Honours

This is a four-year, professional degree with honours. The honours component includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in research and professional practice. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance.

During the honours preparation, you will undertake courses in research methods and ethics. Within the honours thesis course, you will undertake a research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher and report on this project through a thesis and oral presentation. You will graduate with industry experience and connections, and a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree. Your honours year will prepare you for future leadership roles.

Applying for the one-year honours degree

Students who have completed a three-year degree in psychology or psychological science and wish to apply for the honours year can lodge an online application via UniSA’s Apply Online portal, using the program code MHPU. Applications for entry to the honours year through Apply Online open in early September and close on 30 November.

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
STUDY PLAN FOR FIRST THREE YEARS FOR STUDENTS TAKING 8 ELECTIVES
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Aboriginal Australians: Culture and Colonisation HUMS 1051 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
Professional Development: Counselling and Psychology WELF 1013 4.5
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 1
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Elective 4 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 5 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
Elective 6 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 7 4.5 Note(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3005 4.5
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Specialist Psychology Course 2 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6) 4.5
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Psychological Assessment BEHL 4003 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 3 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 8 4.5 Note(s): 1
STUDY PLAN FOR FIRST THREE YEARS FOR STUDENTS TAKING A MAJOR OR SUBMAJOR
Note(s): 4
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Aboriginal Australians: Culture and Colonisation HUMS 1051 4.5
Major 1 or Submajor 1 4.5 Note(s): 4
Major 2 or Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
Professional Development: Counselling and Psychology WELF 1013 4.5
Major 3 or Submajor 2 4.5 Note(s): 4
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Major 4 or Submajor 3 4.5 Note(s): 4
Major 5 or Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Major 6 or Submajor 4 4.5 Note(s): 4
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3005 4.5
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 2 4.5 Note(s): 2
Major 7 or Submajor 5 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Psychological Assessment BEHL 4003 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 3 4.5 Note(s): 2
Major 8 or Submajor 6 4.5 Note(s): 4
SPECIALIST PSYCHOLOGY COURSES
Work and Organisational Psychology BEHL 3008 4.5
Health Psychology BEHL 3012 4.5
Conservation Psychology BEHL 3022 4.5
Language, Context and Social Behaviour BEHL 3023 4.5
Psychology Research Experience BEHL 3028 4.5 Note(s): 5
Psychophysiology of Sleep BEHL 3029 4.5
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5
HONOURS (FOURTH) YEAR (common for all MHPU students)
Rule(s): 1,2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Psychology Research Methods BEHL 4052 4.5
Psychology Honours Research Project 1 BEHL 4056 9
Level 4 Psychology Course 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Psychology Honours Research Project 2 BEHL 4057 9
Introduction to Psychological Practice BEHL 4060 4.5
Conducting and Communicating Research BEHL 4063 4.5
LEVEL 4 PSYCHOLOGY COURSES Note(s): 3
Life Span Developmental Psychology BEHL 4059 4.5 Note(s): 3
Psychology Under the Microscope BEHL 4053 4.5 Note(s): 3
SPECIALIST PSYCHOLOGY COURSES Note(s): 2

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Magill

Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study spaces

As a psychology student, you will have access to: 

  • Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (Cognitive Neuroscience specialisation)
  • dedicated teaching and learning spaces 
Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application.

Applying for the one year Honours program

Students who have completed a three-year degree in psychology or psychological science and wish to apply for the Honours year should lodge an online application direct to the University of South Australia via UniSA’s Apply Online portal using the program code MHPU.

Applications for entry to the Honours year through Apply Online and close on 30 November.

Alternative Pathways

Australian

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

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