Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
- Complete foundation studies in psychological theory, research and practice.
- Examine areas such as child development, neuroscience, learning and cognition, social and organisational psychology, psychological assessment, psychological research methods and evaluation of research.
- 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.
- Understand the ways people behave, think and feel, and gain important skills so you can progress to further study or enter the workforce with confidence.
How you'll learn
Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2022.
Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.
- Work placements
- Online study
- Research experience
What you'll study
At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:
- The Brain and Behavioural Sciences
- Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Neuroscience for Psychologists
- Psychology of criminal justice
Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:
- Clinical psychologist
- Clinical neuropsychologist
- Organisational psychologist
- Sport and exercise psychologist
- Health psychologist
- Child and youth counsellor
- Relationship counsellor
- Family counsellor
- Disability support worker
Next steps after graduation
To gain full registration as a psychologist, you'll need to complete postgraduate studies in psychology. Many of our graduates pursue general registration by progressing into postgraduate psychology programs, including:
- Master of Clinical Psychology
- Master of Organisational Psychology
- Master of Psychology
- Doctor of Psychology.
You can also visit the School of Psychology undergraduate page to learn more about pathways to general registration as a psychologist.
When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.
- Australian Psychological Society
The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is accredited by:
- Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
Entry score threshold
|ATAR / Rank||IB|
These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.
Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.
English language requirements
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.
There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.
Need help meeting the entry requirements?
We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.
If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.
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.
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.
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 (subclass 500).
There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.
Entry score range
This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Psychological Science (Hons) for Semester 1, 2021
|Without adjustments||With adjustments|
Who you'll study with
Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2021:
|Applicant background||Number of students||Percentage of all students|
(A) Higher education study
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study
(C) Work and life experience
|(D) Recent secondary education|
"<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.
Fees and Scholarships
Indicative annual fee
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.
The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students.
Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:
How to apply
If you’re studying Year 12 in Australia, go to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program.
If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program 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.
To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.
Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.
We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.
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 entry requirements – you still have a number of options.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.