Start date
February

Campus
Magill

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MHPU

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2021: AUD$ 29,300 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

Degree overview

  • Join Australia's No. 1 university for work-ready graduates in psychology1.
  • Ranked No. 1 in South Australia for psychology research2 and teaching quality in psychology3.
  • Gain advanced research skills, and have the opportunity to have your manuscripts published in scientific journals.
  • Benefit from our state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, including a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a fully-functioning Psychology Clinic, and a live-in, time-isolated sleep and chronobiology laboratory.
  • Study part of your degree overseas.
  • Undertake further study towards becoming a registered psychologist or research psychologist.
  • Gain a well-respected qualification that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities only. 2The only university in SA to have all its assessed Psychology and Cognitive Sciences research rated well-above world standard. 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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.

With further study you could also become a registered psychologist or research psychologist. To follow this career path, you must complete additional postgraduate studies in psychology.

Applying for the one-year Honours program
If you have completed a three-year degree in psychology or psychological science and wish to apply for the Honours year, you can 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.

1The only university in SA to have all its assessed Psychology and Cognitive Sciences research rated well-above world standard. 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

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.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Personal and Professional Development BEHL 1033 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Aboriginal Australians and Psychology BEHL 1032 4.5
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
Elective 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 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 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 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 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 4.5 Note(s): 2
Specialist Psychology Course 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 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
FOURTH YEAR
HONOURS YEAR (common for all MHPU students)
Rule(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Psychology Research Methods BEHL 4052 4.5
Psychology Honours Research Project 1 BEHL 4056 9
Life Span Developmental Psychology BEHL 4059 4.5 Note(s): 3
OR
Psychology Under the Microscope BEHL 4053 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
Communicating Research BEHL 4063 4.5
SPECIALIST PSYCHOLOGY COURSES Note(s): 2
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

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, as well as to 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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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.

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 Psychology1.

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.

As an honours student you will focus on research methodologies and gain the ability to design, conduct and evaluate research. 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. 

1The only university in SA to have all its assessed Psychology and Cognitive Sciences research rated well-above world standard. 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

This could be you

Hear from Francesco as he shares his experiences studying at UniSA and his journey as a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) student.

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Career outcomes

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 include: 

  • registered psychologist or research 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

*To follow this career path at UniSA, you will need to go on to complete a Master of Psychology (Clinical) or PhD in Psychology.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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 to apply for postgraduate study in Psychology.

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: 

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

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

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

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

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 program director

My teaching is driven by the desire to contribute to the education of the next generation of psychology professionals so they too can apply their knowledge of the science of psychology across the interesting and diverse careers they pursue. One of the great joys of the honours year in psychology is seeing each student draw together all of the knowledge and skills they have developed in their course, to identify a research question they are deeply interested in, and under the mentoring of an experienced staff member, conduct their own research project and make a contribution to new knowledge and insights in the field.

Dr Elissa Pearson

Program Director

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What others are saying

"My education at UniSA went beyond reading a textbook – it gave me the ability to practise what I learned. I am now a supervisor at Lifeline where I can make a difference in the community. I plan to study a master's qualification to further my career as a clinical psychologist."

Francesco Forgione

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Employment: Supervisor, Lifeline Australia

Francesco Forgione

Francesco Forgione

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
<br />Employment: Supervisor, Lifeline Australia

"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)
Employment: Psychologist, SA Health

Chris Ghan

Chris Ghan

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
<br />Employment: Psychologist, SA Health

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