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Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)


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.

Key facts


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.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Field trips

Put scientific theory into practice through one of our many exciting fieldwork trips. Study the environment in Vietnam, natural disasters in Japan or the biology of the Great Barrier Reef.



As an intern, you will get hands on work experience that will put you ahead of the competition when it’s time to graduate. And did we mention you’ll get credit towards your degree?

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World class facilities

Our new $240-million science precinct on the ANU campus has state-of-the-art biological and chemical research laboratories, as well as a teaching hub.

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Learning experience

Elliot McBride

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.

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Brianna Woodhead

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. 

Read Brianna's story

Fees & scholarships


Please visit the Programs and Courses website for information about fees.

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Whether you are looking for financial support to start your studies at ANU or help to move away from home for the first time, we have scholarship opportunities for you and your situation.


Professor Michael Platow

Professor Michael Platow, Program convener

Professor Michael Platow

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

Professor Katherine Reynolds

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

Dr Boris Bizumic

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

How to apply

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