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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.
Part time available
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
- Urban planning
- Sport, and
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.
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:
- Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Behavioural Research Design and Analysis
- Environmental Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Intercultural Psychology
- Memory and Cognition
- Social Psychology
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.
You have a passion for improving the lives of others and showing them how to help themselves. Be empowered to make a difference through a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at JCU.
Ready Today for Tomorrow
Take advantage of sound classroom theory taught in small class sizes by caring and experienced lecturers. Master key concepts of social psychology, personality theory, abnormal psychology and behavioural and cognitive neuroscience. Develop yourself beyond the classroom with practical experience, networking opportunities and the chance to take part in research that makes a difference. Take advantage of a strong emphasis on research at one of the best universities for psychology in Australia.
Gain practical experience as you study psychology at JCU's Psychology Clinic. Further enhance your position in the job market through your experience in intercultural psychology and your ability to work effectively both in a team and independently. With your Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at JCU, you can choose to work in private clinics or public hospitals, public education or law enforcement and forensics. Use your degree to succeed in fields that interest you, like human resources, urban planning, sport or even advertising.
Changing Outcomes for Others
Bring positive change to the lives of others through your psychology degree from JCU. Learn how to apply your critical thinking skills in a positive way to promote effective change in the behaviour and thoughts of others. Gain crucial communication skills and use them to engage in active listening and work with people in a way that makes a difference.
Apply your understanding of genetics and neurobiology to human behaviour and learn how to interpret actions at individual and group levels. Use your skills to help a child understand and accept themselves, an adult overcome depression, or a government agency develop strategies for effectively reaching the public. Become equipped to help others overcome the most difficult life challenges, including:
- Sleep pathologies
- Brain injuries
- Brain rehabilitation
- Memory loss
- Cognitive disorders
Expand on your interest in human behaviour through research, study, and practical application. Use your trained insight to forge a successful and fulfilling career, backed by a degree conditionally accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
Throughout this degree, you will come to understand human nature and what drives specific human behaviour. Use your knowledge to help others understand the complexities of mental health or group psychology. Learn how to apply cutting-edge research to real-world issues. Open up further avenues of career development for yourself by mastering the ethical and legal aspects of psychology.
Choose Your Own Path
Enter the workforce immediately after graduation, or use your degree from JCU as a stepping stone to further qualification for a wider variety of fulfilling career choices as a registered psychologist. Equip yourself to work with any health professional through your honours degree in psychology from JCU. Take advantage of JCU's unique work placements to develop cross-cultural skills and work with under-served people in remote and rural areas.
Where to Study Psychology
Take the next step toward a rewarding career reaching out into the lives of others. Apply for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at JCU and make a difference in your chosen career path.
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Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
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.
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Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
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
96 credit points as per course structure
Course Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), graduates will be able to:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Expected time to complete
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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)
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
Supplementary exam for
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.
Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures
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.
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).
BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGY (HONOURS)
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.
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