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  • Accredited fourth year program of study.
  • Opportunities to complete advanced study and research.
  • Graduates have highly developed skills in statistics, research and the broad principles in psychology including cognition and social psychology.
  • Completion of a research component includes an individual thesis.
  • Graduate eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
QUT course code PY09
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 1 year full-time
Start month 2019 February
Note: Entry into this course is competitive and applications have an early closing date of 30 September of the previous year.
Delivery On campus
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The honours program builds on an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited undergraduate psychology degree and provides an opportunity for advanced study and research.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the fourth-year psychology course have skills that can be applied to a variety of professional areas and may choose career paths in government health services, with private psychology practices, or alternatively in a range of other disciplines including business, justice and administration.

Professional recognition

The honours program provides an APAC-accredited fourth year of training. Graduates of this course are eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Further study of either two years of supervised work experience or the completion of an appropriate higher degree (e.g. Master of Clinical Psychology or Master of Psychology - Educational and Developmental) will allow graduates to be fully accredited and able to obtain registration from the Psychology Board of Australia.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Blue card: you will need a valid blue card to complete practical placements in this course. 

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours Psychology)

The Honours program comprises eight units and can be completed in full-time or part-time study mode.

Core units include PYB407 Research and Professional Development Seminar and PYB401 Advanced Research Methods plus electives from advanced cognitive, organisational, counselling, developmental, and social theory. These units have three contact hours per week.

This course also includes a research component which entails an individual thesis. PYB400 Thesis is undertaken in modules throughout the program. Initially students complete a research plan which sets out the project. This is followed by collection, analysis and writing-up of the data. Contact hours for the research component are as required by the supervisor.

Entry requirements

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • England
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • United States of America
  • Wales

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
TOEFL iBT 79 16 16 21 18
Pearson PTE (Academic) 58 50 50 50 50
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 176 169 169 169 169
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. Please assign your test to QUT in your Pearson profile.
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Cambridge English Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

Academic requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree in psychology completed within the past ten years with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 (on QUT's 7-point scale).

The degree must be accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as an entry point into an honours program; e.g.Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) at QUT.

Applicants with overseas qualifications must provide certification from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) atating their degree is equivalent to the APAC-approved, three-year training in psychology. The APS advises that the average processing time is 8 weeks, therefore applicants with overseas qualifications are strongly encouraged to seek certification by no later than July.

Additional entry information

  • A grade of at least 4.0 (on QUT's 7-point scale) for each of the APAC-accredited second and third year psychology units listed below.
  • A grade point average of at least 5.3 across all attempts of the listed APAC accredited second- and third-year psychology units listed below.
  • Successful completion of an APAC-accredited advanced statistical analysis unit at third-year level.

The required APAC-accredited second and third year psychology units at QUT are:

  • PYB202 Social and organisational psychology
  • PYB203 Developmental psychology
  • PYB204 Cognition and perception
  • PYB210 Research design and data analysis
  • PYB304 Physiological psychology
  • PYB306 Psychopathology
  • PYB309 Individual differences and assessment
  • PYB350 Advanced statistical analysis

Similar APAC-accredited subjects are required for studies completed at another institution.

Selection process

Entry to this course is competitive as places are limited. All applications will be considered in two groups of QUT's Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) single and double degree graduates; and all other applicants.

Eligible applicants are selected in order of merit based on their APAC accredited second and third year psychology units GPA

Closing date

Entry into this course is competitive and applications have an early closing date of 30 September of the previous year.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: $29,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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How to apply for Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours Psychology)

You apply directly to QUT for all our honours courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Checked important dates
  2. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  3. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  4. Found a supervisor
  5. Discussed your options and developed your topic
  6. Written your research proposal
  7. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  8. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Apply for honours admission

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