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Bachelor of Science (Honours) Major Psychology (BSCH)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 8 units

  • 1 years or part-time equivalent

  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba

Semester 1 intake for the Psychology major is available at Toowoomba and Ipswich campuses and via distance education. Semester 2 intake for the Psychology major is via distance education only.
International students can only complete the Psychology Honours program as a full-time on-campus student
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Places within the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program specialising in Psychology are limited by quota. Selection from applicants who met admission requirements will be based on ranking by GPA from previous Psychology studies. Quota size is determined by the availability of supervision places. Where the quota is filled in the Semester 1 intake, no further places will be offered in Semester 2 of that year.

In 2017, the quota was filled at the Semester 1 intake.

Extend your undergraduate specialisation

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) gives you the opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in professional areas of psychology such as counselling, ethics, assessment, and intervention as well as your research skills. As such, this degree involves both coursework and a research project conducted under the supervision of a staff member. The skills you will learn will help you gain the competencies necessary to be an effective scientist-practitioner.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fourth-year program in psychology.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program, you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. However, there is a requirement to complete a further two years of supervised practice or an approved masters program after initial registration. You would also eligible to apply to the Australian Psychological Society for Associate Membership. If you achieve a high level of honours (either First Class or Second Class, Division A), you would be eligible to apply for a Masters program or PhD at USQ and other universities.

Successful completion of honours will qualify you for application for entry into postgraduate programs, including masters and PhD studies.


Other majors available for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) are: Applied Mathematics/StatisticsBiologyChemistry, Computing, Environment and Sustainability and Physics.

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 Units
1 x major 8
Total 8
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 9048
Domestic full fee paying AUD 21840

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows 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.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent
  • 3-year degree or equivalent in the area of Honours study from a recognised institution, with a minimum GPA of 5.0 (credit)
  • be current in their major area of study. 
Satisfaction of admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • To ensure currency of knowledge, students will normally have commenced their undergraduate degree no earlier than eight years previous to the year of application and will have satisfied requirements for the award of that degree no more than three years previously 
  • Candidates for the Psychology Major must have completed a program of study approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as constituting the first three years (or equivalent) of study in psychology within the last three years.

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

  • Semester 1, 2017 - applications close 28 October 2016 
  • Semester 2, 2017 - applications close 26 May 2017
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close 27 October 2017.

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.

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