Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours)

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Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours)


Program summary

Dr Prudence Millear
Program coordinator

Dr Prudence Millear

Understand and explain human behaviour.

APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited course

Completed undergraduate studies in psychology? Continue towards registration as a Psychologist with this honours program. The program combines advanced study of core psychological theories and methods, and training in commonly used cognitive and personality assessments.

Your focus is on evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention. You gain a comprehensive introduction to ethical standards in professional practice and legislation that govern the practice of psychology in Australia. Join our research student community and attend the Faculty’s fortnightly research seminar, thesis seminars and discussion groups with other research students.

In your final year, you undertake a research project relevant to the field of psychology. At the end of this program, you are eligible to apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. The program is recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Visit Study Psychology for more information.

Admission requirements

The entry requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) are:

  • completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited three-year undergraduate degree in psychology within the last 10 years or the first three years of an accredited four year course, and
  • a minimum Credit average in second and third year courses and a Credit in the majority of second and third year psychology courses.

There is a limit on the number of honours places available, and selection will be based on applicants’ order of merit on second and third year psychology courses.

Career opportunities

Registration as a psychologist with probationary conditions, or further postgraduate studies in the area of psychology.


Graduates may seek registration as a psychologist with probationary conditions with the Psychologists Board of Queensland. Graduates are also eligible to apply for entry to specialist postgraduate training programs in psychology, such as the Master of Psychology (Clinical), or research higher degrees in psychology, such as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Program structure

Students must successfully complete the following courses, totalling 96 units, in order to be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology) (Honours):

Coursework component (4) 48 units

PSY400 Advanced Statistics in Psychology
PSY401 Advanced Theoretical Issues in Psychology
PSY402 Professional Practice of Psychology
PSY403 Ethical and Professional Issues In Psychology

Dissertation component (2) 48 units

PSY404 Research Dissertation A (0 units)
PSY405 Research Dissertation B (48 units)

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.


Total units: 96

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements and notes
Enrolment and fees
  • In any semester, standard full-time enrolment comprises 0.500 EFTSL
  • In any semester, standard part-time enrolment comprises 0.250 EFTSL. Students enrolling part-time in the award must complete the coursework components before enrolling in the dissertation
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • The census date for withdrawal without financial penalty or academic penalty is the Semester 1 or 2 census date
  • Commonwealth supported students pay student contributions
  • Students who are not Commonwealth supported pay full tuition fees

EFTSL - Equivalent Full-Time Student Load. One year of full-time study equates to 1.000 EFTSL.

Assessment and examination

All coursework is normally graded internally. Assessment work involves a combination of short reports, essays, class presentations, class tests and examinations. A copy of your dissertation will be sent to two independent examiners, one of whom is normally internal and the other of whom is external to the University of the Sunshine Coast.

To be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours), students are required to pass both the coursework and dissertation components of the program.

Other notes
  1. Refer related policies, rules, plans and procedures.
  2. Refer to explanation of terms.
  3. International students need to refer to the English language requirements.
  4. Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa.
Classes of honours

The degree is awarded in one of the three classes:

  • Class 1
  • Class 2 (awarded as Division 1 or Division 2)
  • Class 3

The class of honours awarded may not be more than one grade higher than the grade for the thesis. For example, if you receive a ‘Credit’ grade for your thesis, you may not be awarded the honours degree at a higher level than Class 2 Division 1, regardless of the average mark.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Download the Application for Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) form
  2. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

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