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Bachelor of Psychological (Honours)
Bachelor of Psychological (Honours)

Bachelor of Psychological (Honours)

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

English Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0

  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL

  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)

  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)

  • OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)

  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old

Course Information

In 2021, Griffith University can offer the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree online for commencing students as long as travel restrictions remain in place.  For students commencing study from outside Australia, online delivery is an interim arrangement.  Once travel restrictions are lifted, students will be expected to travel to Australia as soon as they are able, to continue their study on campus, and they will require a student visa for this. Arrangements for continuing students within years 1 to 3 of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree who are unable to travel to Australia will be advised by the School. For students currently within this degree, year 4 of this degree is only available via on-campus mode due to coursework and placement requirements.

If you are keen to work as a psychologist, this degree will give you a thorough grounding in clinical, developmental, biological, cognitive, and social and organisational psychology.

You will learn how to use interpersonal skills and the principles of counselling to help people with personal, health, vocational and social difficulties.

You will also learn how to apply psychological theories to topics such as thinking and perceiving, motivation, stress, health and criminal activity.

In fourth year, you will begin formal research training and be introduced to professional psychological practice. You will complete an honours research project and study four core courses. You will need to achieve the required level of academic performance in the earlier years of the degree to be eligible for the fourth year of study.

You will have the opportunity to put your academic studies into practice through a professional practice placement.


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Year 1

You must complete the following courses:


  • Introduction to Psychology 1 - 1001PSY

  • Interpersonal Skills - 1008PSY

  • Psychology in Professional Contexts - 1011PSY

  • Language and Communication for Health - 5902LHS (see Note 1)

  • Free-choice elective (see Note 2)

  • Introduction to Psychology 2 - 1002PSY

  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology - 1003PSY

  • Counselling Skills - 1018PSY

  • Free-choice elective (see Note 2)

  • Work and Employability - 1001EHR (see Note 2) (not offered from 2021)

  • The Future of Work - 1007GBS

Note 1: Students required to complete 5902LHS will do so in place of a free-choice elective.

Note 2: Students may complete PSY-coded courses that are not part of the required program of study in place of free-choice electives. Students completing the Organisational minor will complete 1001EHR as a free-choice elective.

Year 2

You must complete the following courses:


  • Experimental Design and Analysis - 2000PSY

  • Biological Psychology - 2007PSY

  • Developmental Psychology - 2015PSY

  • Minor course

  • Cognitive Psychology - 2006PSY

  • Social and Cultural Psychology - 2008PSY

  • Group Facilitation and Coaching Skills - 2018PSY

  • Minor course

Year 3

You must complete the following courses:


  • Survey Design and Analysis - 3003PSY

  • Behaviour Change Skills - 3018PSY

  • Minor course

  • Free-choice elective (see Note 1)

  • Psychological Assessment of Individual Differences - 3006PSY

  • Abnormal Psychology - 3009PSY

  • Minor course

  • Free-choice elective (see Note 1)

Year 4 (Honours)

A fourth year of study (for Honours) is available to students who successfully meet the specified requirements for progression to Year 4.

You must complete the following courses:


  • Issues in Quantitative Research - 6020PSY

  • Professional Psychology A - 6023PSY

  • Honours Research Project - 6000PSY_Y1

  • Honours Research Project - 6000PSY_Y2

  • Professional Psychology B - 6021PSY

  • Advanced Topics in Psychology - 6024PSY

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

You will be qualified for professional employment as a probationary psychologist in areas such as job placement, clinical or organisational psychology, counselling, guidance, health management and social research. You can also pursue further studies towards becoming a clinical or organisational psychologist, or to work in other specialist fields of psychology.

Psychology graduates are employed in a wide range of occupations and industries including in human resource management, aged care services, the police service and defence forces, marketing, welfare and community services, childrens services and family support, correctional services, and mental health services.

You may find work as an addictions counsellor, performance and workforce manager in business, school guidance officer, disability support worker, community corrections officer or child safety officer.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 609 ($) AUD per year

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