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Bachelor of  Psychological Science (Honours)

Program code: 2379
QTAC code: 757001
OP Guarantee Scheme: No

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


St Lucia


4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Explore 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 build a strong foundation of fundamental knowledge, and have the opportunity to specialise in particular fields of study.
  • Benefit from a program that offers more than 50 undergraduate courses that cover a diversity of sub-disciplines. This includes 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 the advanced knowledge and skills to set youself 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 30th in the world in the 2018 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
  • 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
  • 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

    How UQ Psychology is changing the world

  • 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.

  • In the classroom

    Choose from a wide range of courses

    Courses examine areas such as child development, neuroscience, learning and cognition, social and organisational psychology, psychological assessment, psychological research methods and evaluation of research.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


Year 12 or equivalent English.

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) in 2019:

7 87 31

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2019

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours):

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median5 / 92 4 / 94
Lowest9 / 82 7 / 87

Learn more about the admissions process

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.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) in Semester 1, 2019:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study155 40.68%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study8 2.1%
(C) Work and life experienceN/P N/P
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
155 40.68%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5 <5
International students55 14.44%
Total381 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.


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:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,958
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is 757001. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Additional application information

To become a registered psychologist in Australia, the completion of a four-year psychology program is required; plus the completion of a professional masters, doctorate or PhD program in psychology, or two years' supervised practice as a psychologist. Postgraduate professional qualifications are a distinct advantage when competing for professional jobs as a psychologist.

Psychology can also be studied through the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science. These programs, with an additional honours year, both meet the undergraduate requirements for professional registration when combined with the completion of professional masters level or higher qualification in psychology or two years supervised experience as a psychologist.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course” we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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