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Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

This APAC accredited Fourth Year Psychology program achieves a balance between general professional, specific practitioner, and research related skills.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Gippsland - Churchill
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Ballarat - Mt Helen
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Semester 2
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Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
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On-line Learning
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1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements apply to this course. 

This program achieves a balance between general professional, specific practitioner, and research related skills.

This qualification comprises extensive, specialist study in both professional psychology and psychological research. With a strong research emphasis, you will plan, implement and report on a Research Project under supervision, in addition to undertaking a number of core courses (Psychological practice, Psychological research, Integrating research and practice and Psychological assessment). As this is an Honours program, it is aimed at students who wish to engage in research and professional practice in the field of psychology.

  • Counsellor
  • Mental health case manager
  • Mental health clinician
  • Research assistant
  • Psychologist

The above are a few examples of the career opportunities that this program can contribute to.

On completion of this program you will be eligible to apply for positions that facilitate the supervision pathway to registration as a psychologist in Australia or for further postgraduate study in psychology such as a Masters program, that can lead to registration as a psychologist.

The program aims to maintain a balance between general and specialist fields, as well as between professional practice and research. Thus, it offers the opportunity for further specialist training, as well as developing skills for those who wish to assume various research, welfare or counselling positions.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Semester 1

PSYCH4001, 30 credit points
PSYCP6011, 15 credit points
PSYCP6014, 15 credit points

Semester 2

PSYCH4102, 30 credit points
PSYCP6013, 15 credit points

Contact hours can vary depending on requirements, however typical contact hours for full-time study are around 25-30 hours comprising of on-campus classes, online learning and self-directed study.

Entry requirements (year 12)

Year 12 requirements are not applicable for this qualification. 
Please see the non year 12 entry requirements below.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Completion of a three-year sequence in psychology and qualified for an APAC accredited undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent as determined by the Australian Psychological Society);OR
Completion of a three-year undergraduate degree that is not APAC accreditedand completion of a psychology sequence in a higher level, APAC accredited psychology degree (e.g., AQF 8 Graduate Diploma).
A minimum grade point average of 5.0 (Credit) is required. GPA is calculated using ALL attempts at second- and third-year psychology units from the most recent APAC accredited degree only.


English language requirement

Overall Academic IELTS band score of 7.0, with no band less than 6.5, or equivalent.

Extra requirements

To facilitate the calculation of a GPA, submit an official academic transcript and evidence that the degree has been completed.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HY8

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,948 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

This program is an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited fourth-year program. Successful completion will allow you to apply for Associate Membership of the APS, as well as the opportunity to undergo supervised practice as a provisional psychologist in an APAC accredited Masters program.



Deferment of Admission

Applicants are not permitted to defer admission into the program.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

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Course co-ordinator

George Van Doorn