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University of Newcastle

Newcastle , New South Wales ,Australia

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

This program provides an accredited Honours level 4th year of study in psychology.  The content of the program includes a number of advanced topics in psychology together with the completion of an Honours level research thesis.

Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in the discipline of psychology.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in written and/or oral formats to present an independent exposition of knowledge and ideas to various audiences.
  • Use high level cognitive skills to review, analyse and synthesize empirical knowledge to make informed decisions in applied psychology and psychological research.
  • Work independently and collaboratively on psychological research projects applying intellectual independence and highly skilled research abilities.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and commitment to ethical principles in professional practice and research.
  • Demonstrate developing knowledge and skills in the practice of psychology including topics in therapeutic intervention and psychometric testing.
  • Apply advanced theoretical and empirical perspectives, critical thinking and independent judgement to extend understanding and create innovative solutions in applied psychology and/or psychology research.

Campus Information

Newcastle - Callaghan

The University of Newcastle's main campus at Callaghan is only 12 kilometres from beaches and the heart of Newcastle - a city named as one of the world's top 'Smart Cities' to watch in 2017 by Global magazine National Geographic Traveler.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 21

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

PSW Opportunity

  • 3 years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have successfully completed the Bachelor of Psychological Science or an equivalent program accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), with a minimum GPA of 5.0 (credit grade average) on a 7.0 point scale, calculated across all 2000 and 3000 level Psychology coded courses contributing to their APAC accredited degree (or equivalent). Applicants who have completed an APAC accredited Graduate Diploma must achieve a GPA of 5.0 across all units contributing to the Graduate Diploma. Entry is competitive and meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee that an applicant will be admitted to the program.

Applicants who have completed their APAC accredited bachelor degree (or equivalent) at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, must provide a supporting letter from the institution clearly stating that they have completed an APAC accredited undergraduate sequence.

Whilst applicants may have achieved a grade point average to enable application to this program, an offer is not guaranteed due to a limited amount of places available. Applications will be ranked by academic merit.

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools..

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