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Bachelor of  Psychological Science (Honours)

Program code: 2379
QTAC code: 757001
CRICOS code: 084715C


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

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 social and organisational psychology, child development, neuroscience, learning and cognition, psychopathology, and more.
  • Graduate with a respected honours qualification, with the advanced knowledge and skills to set yourself 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 23rd in the world in the 2019 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.

  • 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.

  • Why study

    How UQ Psychology is changing the world

  • Students
    "The lecturers and tutors are very knowledgeable and the program is well designed. Even if you are not planning to pursue further studies in psychology, the skills you learn through this degree are transferable and helpful for whatever you do in the future." Yu Yang, Current BPsySc (Hons) graduate


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


Year 12 or equivalent English.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

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.


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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $37,760
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

Apply now to QTAC Apply now to UQ

All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible to allow adequate time for their student visa to be processed.

Semester 2 commencement is available to eligible international students with advanced standing of 8 units (4 courses) or more.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, 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".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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