Psychology honours student, Elmie Janse van Rensburg wearing an electrode cap

Bachelor of Psychology(Honours)

Overview

Decode the puzzle of the human brain with the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). This degree will allow you to explore both the research and applied components of psychology, with the opportunity to specialise in an area of interest when completing Honours in your fourth year.

This program is suited to those who intend to complete a postgraduate qualification in psychology and pursue a career as a clinical psychologist.

Honours year

  • A fourth year of study that is a continuation of an undergraduate degree focused on a research project
  • Identify a supervisor and an area of research
  • Full-time for two consecutive semesters and includes research training
  • Honours extends the knowledge and skills developed during the Bachelor degree and provides a solid foundation in the practice of research suitable for entry to a broad range of careers, a Master of Clinical Psychology or to a PhD.

Program details

The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is a four degree program listed with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. It is designed for those students who are seeking a direct pathway into Honours. The degree offers concentrated study in psychology for students who want a thorough exploration of the discipline and the opportunity for specialisation in their third year before conducting a major research project in the Honours year. It includes courses in the major substantive areas of psychology, together with comprehensive training in the research design and data analysis techniques used in psychological science.

Learning experience

Moving mountains with psychology

Elliot McBride had no idea where his degree would take him. His experience with UNICEF has been eye-opening to say the least.

Canberra is a great choice for a rural kid

I choose to study psychology because it’s such a big part of life. Studying psychology will enable me to understand, relate with, and help everyone around me. 

Meet your teachers

Professor Michael Platow

Professor Michael Platow, Program convener

Professor Platow specialises in social and community psychology. He has been recognised for his teaching excellence at ANU with multiple teaching awards.

Professor Katherine Reynolds

Professor Katherine Reynolds, First year course convener

Kate is Professor of Psychology at the Australian National University. Her areas of expertise are social and organisational psychology and she has experience in key areas of academic life (e.g. leading collaborative research projects, publications, competitive grants, co-ordinating/lecturing courses from 1st year to Master, supervising/mentoring HDR students & ECRs).

Dr Boris Bizumic

Dr Boris Bizumic, Honours program convener

Boris's research interests include ethnocentrism, prejudice, personality, narcissism, attitudes, authoritarianism, groups, cross-cultural research, psychometrics, and scale development.

Careers

Psychological science is an exciting career option with employment opportunities in the private and public sector as well as in universities. Psychological science can involve designing interventions to solve human problems and researching how people function in different environments.

Research topics

We have a wide range of potential research topics. They range from short-term PhB projects to year-long honours and graduate projects to three-year PhD projects.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Scholarships: Scholarships

ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

How to apply

Understand the entry requirements

Meet the co-curricular or service requirement

In addition to meeting academic requirements, we have introduced a compulsory co-curricular or service requirement.

Make sure you have met the co-curricular or service requirement and provide the appropriate documentation.

Gather supporting documents

When you apply to ANU, it's important to attach any requested supporting documentation, otherwise your application could be delayed.

Submit your application

Tick your application off your list so it's one less thing you need to think about.There are different ways to apply to ANU, the best way for you to apply depends on your circumstances.

Receiving a conditional offer

If your application is successful you will receive an early conditional offer.  A conditional offer will be converted to a full offer when you meet the academic requirements for your program and any other conditions included in your conditional offer.

Accept your confirmed final offer

Upon meeting the conditions of your conditional offer, you will receive a final offer.  Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

Understand the entry requirements

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

When you apply to ANU, you must be prepared to provide specific documents that we need to assess your application.

Submit your application

Visit the International applications - ANU Undergraduate to start your application.

Receive an offer

There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

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