Explore the fascinating world of the human mind and take the first step towards a career as a psychologist at one of the most prestigious psychology schools in Australia.

  • The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) provides comprehensive training in psychology. You'll study the fundamentals and also have opportunities to specialise in particular fields.
  • Benefit from a program that offers more than 50 undergraduate courses, which cover a diversity of sub-disciplines including developmental, social, cognitive, biological, physiological, and abnormal psychology.
  • Build a strong foundation in psychological theory, practice and research. You'll also study topics from child development, neuroscience, learning and cognition, psychopathology, and more.
  • Graduate with a respected honours qualification, with advanced knowledge and skills to set you apart in a competitive job market and provide a pathway to future research or learning.

In the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) you'll study how people behave, think and feel.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ's School of Psychology is the largest school of psychology in Australia, and our academics and staff have made major contributions to the field. The school was ranked 25th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Employability

    Stand out as a leader in your field

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) are distinguished by their breadth of knowledge, developed professional skills and their advanced capacities for research, analysis and critical thinking.

  • Research

    Shape the future

    Push the boundaries of knowledge and develop high-level skills in communication, research design, critical and analytical thinking, and project management when you complete an honours-level research project in your final year.

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

Career outcomes

Graduates meet the academic requirements for registration as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, as well as associate membership with the Australian Psychological Society.

Provisional registration lets you undertake a period of further training, so you can become eligible for general registration as a psychologist. You can learn more about requirements for registration as a psychologist in Australia from the Psychology Board of Australia.

Many of our graduates pursue general registration by immediately progressing into postgraduate psychology programs including:

Graduates with full registration can pursue careers in any field of psychology within their area of competence and call themselves psychologists. They typically work in areas such as:

  • clinical psychology,
  • clinical neuropsychology,
  • organisational psychology,
  • educational and developmental psychology,
  • sports and exercise psychology,
  • counselling, and
  • general psychology.

A psychology degree is also useful for careers that require problem-solving, critical thinking and understanding of human behaviour. 

Graduates can progress to master's programs in areas such as:

Other graduates choose to work in industries and sectors including: 

  • human resources,
  • mental health services,
  • youth and child support work,
  • relationship counselling,
  • residential care work,
  • family and social services,
  • public and private sector management,
  • marketing, advertising and market research,
  • disability support services and aged care, and
  • juvenile justice and corrective services.

  • Students
    "I chose UQ because I wanted to have a strong foundation in psychology and have more exposure to psychological research, as well as learn more about the motivations that drive both rational and irrational human behaviour." Sok Yee Leong, Current BPsySc (Hons) student
  • Why study

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  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    The Psychology Students' Association provides plenty of opportunities to study, network, and socialise outside of the classroom. The PSA aims to enhance uni life for psychology students by supporting their personal and professional development.

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  • Program code
  • 757001
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


Year 12 or equivalent English.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Psychological Society

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

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