Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)


Program Description

Develop a professional portfolio

Do you want to work as a psychologist? You’ve come to the right place. USQ’s Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is developed specifically for those of you who wish to become practitioners. As such the program places a heavy emphasis on developing both research and professional skills including a deep understanding of the ethical principles that inform psychological practice. In each semester from your first at USQ, you will be involved in research projects and in activities that foster psychological professional skills.

Along the way, you’ll pick up plenty of practical experience in a supportive environment. You’ll start out doing placements in the second year and clock up further hours in the third year. Current students are working at places like Drug Arm, Disability Services, Queensland Police, local schools, NGO’s and in the private practices. Psychology can be a challenging profession, but by the end of the degree you will have had exposure to treatment regimes and will have had experience in the administration psychological tests.

Professional accreditation

Graduates are eligible to apply for probationary registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Those who complete the four-year Honours program are also eligible to go on to complete further studies at the Masters level with the aim of registration as a clinical psychologist.

Career outcomes

As an expert in human behavior, personality, interpersonal relationships, learning and motivation, psychologists are in demand in a wide range of workplaces. The majority of students end up working in roles that do not involve the title of psychologists. These include welfare officers, youth workers, support workers and employment officers in areas such as child safety and corrective services. But psychologists also work in various sectors including education, Defence, consulting and training and development.

Program structure

All 4th-year courses are offered as intensive workshops within residential schools. Residential schools for each course are held twice per semester of offer. Attendance at the 4th year workshops is mandatory.

Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Courses to be studied

  • Core courses in psychology and statistics (28 units)
  • plus 4 x elective courses (4 units)

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode/ Cost

  • Commonwealth supported: AUD 7956
  • Domestic full fee paying: AUD 20000

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allow you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent

Note: Entry into the 4th or Honours year of the program is only available to students who have completed the first three years of the program and, in the psychology courses, maintained a GPA of 5.0 or above.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2018 - applications close Monday 5 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 19 November 2018.
  • Semester 1, 2019 - applications close Monday 18 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 25 February 2019.
  • Semester 2, 2019 - applications close Monday 1 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 15 July 2019.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Last updated Aug 2018

About the School

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