Charles Darwin University

Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

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.


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 typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCore Units(6 units)80cpCompulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. PSY404 Psychological AssessmentPSY423 Psychological Interventions (previously PSY422)PSY426 Ethics and Professional IssuesPSY447 Research Methods and PracticePSY791 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) (recoded from HON412 2016)PSY792 Honours Research Project #20 (20cp)  80cpTotal Credit PointsStudents who commenced in or after 2013The 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 - 2016Students 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 CodeNew Unit Code (2016)Unit TitlePSY422PSY423Psychological InterventionsHON412PSY491Honours Thesis #20   


  • Society and Welfare Studies

Standard entry requirements

  • 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
  • Anda GPA of at least 5.50
  • And credit in second year and third year research design and analysis or equivalent units.

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  • Full-time : 1 year

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