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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Gain an insight into why people think, feel and behave the way they do. After a solid foundation in the elements of human behaviour, your Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) year allows you to pursue a career as a psychologist, and prepare yourself for postgraduate study.

Do you want to learn from industry professionals and begin a rewarding psychology career?

During your honours year, you will get the chance to build on your relevant undergraduate degree and learn an extended range of psychological assessment methods, as well as gain an understanding of the process of formulating psychological opinion in casework.

The research and analytical skills you develop in your honours year will strengthen the quality of your research projects, and become indispensable tools in your future career.

Campus Information

Burwood

The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort. On campus you will find impressive buildings and world-class facilities, a wide range of learning and social spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere. If you enjoy getting outdoors between classes, the Melbourne Burwood Campus also sits alongside parkland, which is great for walking, jogging and cycling.

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Located in the heart of Geelong, the Geelong Waterfront Campus has spectacular views of the bay. Used as wool stores in the 19th century, this campus has been renovated to create an impressive, modern space that offers an inspiring study environment. The unique mix of old and new allows for engaging and creative spaces, and its central location means students can visit Geelong’s central business district between classes. In 2019 a new ferry travelling between Melbourne and Geelong was launched. The ferry offers a comfortable and convenient mode of transport. It docks a short walk from the Geelong Waterfront Campus. Train and bus services are also regularly available between Geelong and Melbourne.

Intakes

  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa processing time
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Upon graduation, if you choose not to continue with further study in psychology,  your possible career options include work in:

  • hospitals and clinics
  • mental health organizations
  • community support services
  • human resources
  • marketing and social research
  • corrective services
  • policy development
  • justice and advocacy systems.

If you choose to continue studying to pursue full registration as a psychologist, you may find employment in a variety of settings such as:

  • clinical psychologist
  • cognitive neuroscientist
  • counselor
  • criminal psychologist
  • educational and developmental psychologist
  • family therapist
  • forensic psychologist
  • health and community psychologist
  • mental health officer
  • organizational psychologist
  • rehabilitation counselor
  • sport and exercise psychologist
  • youth psychologist.

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

There is a quota on places in the Psychology Honours program and meeting the above criteria does not guarantee acceptance into Psychology Honours. It is worth noting that the minimum mark average of Level 2 and Level 3 psychology core units (i.e. the mark 'cut-off') required for entry to Honours in recent years has been at or above 75%.

Entry will be based on performance in:

Internal applicants:

  • Bachelor's Degree from Deakin University with an approved three-year major sequence in psychology with a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in Research Methods B and a minimum average of 65% overall level-2 and level-3 Psychology core units.

OR

 

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science or Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies from Deakin University with a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in Research Methods B and a minimum average of 65% overall level-2 and level-3 Psychology core units.

External Applicants

  • Bachelor Degree (with an APAC accredited three-year major sequence in psychology) with a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in a level three psychology Research Methods unit and a minimum average of 75% overall level-2 and level-3 Psychology core units

OR

  • A Foundation Level 1 APAC accredited Psychology course or equivalent (for example a 3-year bridging course - Graduate Diploma of Psychology) with a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in level three psychology Research Methods unit and a minimum average of 75% overall level-2 and level-3 Psychology core units.

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.