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Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours


Not available to international students.
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course duration
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
International on campus
International online

External: this course is taught online with compulsory on-campus intensive residential schools for each unit.

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CDU Course Code


Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Society and Welfare Studies

Are you a high achieving psychology student, wanting to distinguish yourself from other graduates and pursue a rewarding career as a clinical psychologist or in other professions? If yes, then the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) could be the next step for you.

The honours program is the most common critical stepping stone towards becoming a registered clinical psychologist. However, this course also opens the doors to an exciting range of valuable specialised graduate and postgraduate studies as well as to higher research degrees such as a PhD.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is a one year course that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and recognised by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Upon successful completion, you will be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. You could then become eligible for general registration as a psychologist with at least two years of supervised practice.

This honours program gives you an opportunity to acquire expertise and skills that are highly valued by employers in human-centred professions. The honours will enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of psychological theories and practice. You will also have the opportunity to design, conduct, interpret and communicate research.

The expertise and skills that you can gain in the honours program will assist to better understand yourself, grow and enhance your well-being, create healthier and more empowering relationships, adapt to changes in your personal and professional environments, and empower other people. The knowledge and skills you can acquire in the honours program are designed to prepare you for careers in a wide range of areas in private and government organisations.

Career opportunities

After graduating, you will have the knowledge and skills to work in areas relevant to human health and wellbeing such as health, counselling, education, sport, marketing, policy, forensic, youth work, justice systems, service delivery, human resource management and research. Depending on your chosen area, you could work in a wide variety of contexts including private practice as a provisional registered psychologist, state/territory and federal government agencies, community organisations, hospitals, businesses, schools and universities.

Completing the honours program gives you access to exciting specialised graduate and postgraduate studies. If you complete your honours with at least a high 2A, you can also continue your studies by undertaking specialised postgraduate courses including the Masters of Psychology (Clinical) or choose a career in research by embarking on a PhD including the PhD/MPsych (Clinical).

Professional recognition

Upon successful completion, you will be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

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  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

The Bachelor of Psychology Honours is a highly competitive course which has a quota of 20 places each year. This means that although you may meet the minimum entry requirements for the course, you may not be ranked high enough to receive an offer.

Admission criteria

Successful completion of the following within the last 10 years:

  • an APAC accredited three-year undergraduate psychology sequence or the CDU Bachelor of Psychological Science degree; and
  • a GPA of at least 5.50; and credit in second year and third year research design and analysis or equivalent units.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) A minimum overall pass and 55% in Academic English 3. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


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Course structure

One half of the honours year (50%) comprises advanced course work. The course work component entails four core units: two units in the first semester and two units in the second semester. Our team of lecturers will share their extensive knowledge in advanced applied research methodology, psychological assessment and interventions, and ethical issues and solutions in research and practice.

The other half of your honours course (50%) consists of a research project so you gain expertise and experience in designing, conducting and communication research. You may be able to design and conduct an exciting independent scientific research project or join a project that a staff member is conducting. Staff will guide you through the research process as your supervisors. In the first semester, you will write up a research proposal and present your proposal to staff. In the second semester, you will conduct your project and then write up your project as a research article and present your project at the Honours Research Conference. Some of our students have published their articles in scientific journals.

The honours Program must be completed within a single academic year.

This course is taught online with compulsory on-campus intensives residential schools for each unit. Students are required to participate in four 5 – 6 day intensives throughout the honours year. The exact time, length and location of the intensives will be communicated to each student in the welcome letter and the school website.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(6 units)


Compulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. 

PSY404 Psychological Assessment
PSY423 Psychological Interventions (previously PSY422)
PSY426 Ethics and Professional Issues
PSY447 Research Methods and Practice
PSY791 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) (recoded from HON412 2016)
PSY792 Honours Research Project #20 (20cp)



Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Bachelor of Honours AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.


Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2016

Students who have completed PSY422 should not complete PSY423.
Students who have completed one unit of HON412 should complete either PSY791 or PSY792.

Unit Code Changes


Previous Unit Code New Unit Code (2016) Unit Title
PSY422 PSY423 Psychological Interventions
HON412 PSY491 Honours Thesis #20




Study plan

This course is taught online with compulsory on-campus intensives residential schools for each unit. Students are required to participate in four 5 – 6 day intensives throughout the honours year. The exact time, length and location of the intensives will be communicated to each student in the welcome letter and the school website.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit


Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PSY447  Research Methods and Practice CO PSY404 Psychological Assessment CO
PSY426 Ethics and Professional Issues CO PSY423 Psychological Interventions CO
PSY791 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) CO PSY792 Honours Research Project #20 (20cp) CO

Students commencing in Semester 2

There is no semester 2 entry into this course.

Students commencing in Summer Semester

There is no summer semester entry into this course.

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

Domestic students - honours studies


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS





UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW





International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


You will need a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

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