Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

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Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

JCU takes great pride in the quality of our research facilities and our learning spaces. We provide an education which helps you create a brighter future for life in the Tropics. There are many opportunities to engage with our teaching teams to make the most of your learning experience.

You will also be able to grasp opportunities to hear leading experts presenting lectures and seminars, and to build networks that could help you when you're ready to begin your career.

During your fourth year you will engage in research enabling discoveries that make a difference.

Townsville, Singapore
Start dates
February, July
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
English (4,SA)

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) have a number of career pathways.

For those who wish to practice as a psychologist you may pursue a pathway to registration which opens the door to careers in:

  • Private practice
  • Clinical, forensic and healthcare settings.

For those who wish to explore other options there is a diverse range of opportunities available in areas such as:

  • Human resources
  • Advertising
  • Urban planning
  • Research
  • Sport, and
  • Education.

Course highlights

This fascinating course in Psychology will equip you to benefit individuals and society. You will learn about human and non-human relationships, behaviour, mental functions and social processes. You will be able to explore current concepts and historical developments in psychology, and study the methods and ethics of scientific investigation and evidence-based practice. All this takes place in northern Queensland's beautiful tropical, coastal environment, where you can explore, make friends and have fun as you study.

Course overview

The honours year of the program follows the successful completion of a three year undergraduate course, which gives you firm foundations on which to base additional studies and eventual career as a registered Psychologist or to prepare for work in sectors including health, education, forensics or business.  Some of the interesting topic areas that form the first three years of this degree include:

Many of these topics can also be pursued as a research interest in your Honours year where you will complete a research thesis and a number of advanced subjects in Psychology.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (311561) - Apply now

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Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

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Course code


Course type

Bachelor with Honours (AQF level 8)

Professional accreditation status

This course is conditionally accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) until there are graduates and at that time it will receive full accreditation.

Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete, in addition to this course, two years of supervised practice in the field; or an accredited masters degree (e.g. Master of Psychology) with one further year of supervised practice.


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course prerequisites


Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Post admission

A candidate admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at this university will be permitted to continue to the fourth year of study if that candidate has obtained a minimum of a Credit average (65%) across PY2103, PY2107 and a minimum of a Distinction average (75%) across 15 CPs of level 3 PY subjects, including PY3101.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Course Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate a coherent and advanced body of knowledge with depth in major theoretical perspectives and concepts, and philosophical and historical   developments, in the core areas of psychology
  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and evidence bases underpinning professional practice to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
  • Review and reflect on the ethics and efficacy of professional practice, interventions and interactions
  • Exercise high-level judgement, critical thinking and initiative to identify and solve complex problems and make informed decisions and plan ongoing professional learning in research and/or professional practice contexts
  • Apply advanced English language and technological and numeracy skills to generate, interpret and communicate knowledge, data, arguments and research findings appropriate for a variety of audiences
  • Adapt and apply research skills and psychological understanding, including where appropriate knowledge of cultural diversity, to investigate complex human behaviour with some independence
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for one's own learning and practice in collaboration with others
  • Apply knowledge and skills of research principles, methods and ethics to plan and execute a piece of research and scholarship with some independence

Course Structure


Level 1

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology: from Brain to Practice

PY1102:03 Exploring Psychology: from Perception to Reality

PY1103:03 Critical Thinking in Psychology: How to Think About Weird Things

PY1106:03 Communicating Psychology: Listening, Translating & Disseminating

Level 2

PY2103:03 Describing and Analysing Behaviour

PY2107:03 Experimental Investigation and Analysis of Behaviour

PY2111:03 Learning Processes, Behaviour and Performance

PY2112:03 Memory and Cognition

PY2101:03 Psychological Neuroscience

PY2106:03 Through the Looking Glass: Development Across the Lifespan

Level 3

PY3101:03 Psychological Research Methods and Interpretation

PY3102:03 Social Psychology in Everyday Life

PY3103:03 Mining the Mind: Psychopathology

PY3107:03 Psychological Assessment in Action

PY3108:03 Personality Psychology: Decoding the Mysteries of Humans

Level 4

PY4104:06 Psychology Thesis Part 1 of 2

PY4105:06 Psychology Thesis Part 2 of 2

PY4112:03 Ethics for Research and Professional and Evidence Based Practice

PY4113:03 Design and Analysis for Research

PY4114:03 Operationalising the Scientific Practitioner model

PY4115:03 Psychology: Now and the Future


Select 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects


Select 6 credit points of specified PY level 2 subjects from List 1


Select 9 credit points of specified PY level 3 subjects from List 2

List 1

PY2018:03 Intercultural Psychology and Cross Cultural Communication

PY2104:03 Connecting Social, Psychological and Physical Health

PY2109:03 The World Around Us: Environmental Psychology

PY2110:03 Intersections of Psychology and Law: Forensic Psychology

List 2

PY3104:03 Counselling Principles and Practice for Diverse Environments

PY3105:03 Working it: Psychology in the workforce

PY3106:03 Historical Narratives: Foundations of Modern Psychology

PY3109:03 Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of Mind

PY3110:03 Sensing and Interpreting the World: a Psychological Perspective

PY3111:03 Population Clinical Health Promotion and Communication









Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

9 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression

Must successfully complete all level 1 requirements before attempting any level 2 subjects.

Must successfully complete 50% (12 credit points) of level 2 subjects before attempting any level 3 subject.

Must successfully complete the first three years (72 credit points) before proceeding to level 4.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment


Professional accreditation

Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete two years of supervised practice in the field or an accredited Master’s degree (e.g. Master of Psychology (Clinical)) with one further year of supervised practice.

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Honours grade

The grade of Honours (I, IIA, IIB, III) will be determined by the relevant College Examiner’s meeting after a student has completed the credit point requirements for their degree, by consideration of both the Grade Point Average earned by the student in the level four research components of the program and the Grade Point Average achieved by the student over all four, level four course work subjects.

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 18 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 18 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3 or 4.

Up to 24 credit points may be granted only to applicants who have been awarded a Diploma of Higher Education (Psychological Science).

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 72 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Psychological Science.


The Honours component of this degree is embedded in the course.

What is Psychology?

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