Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

  • Effective from: 2022
  • Approved Abbreviation: BPsySci(Hons)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1905
  • AQF Level: 8

This program applies to students who commenced in 2022 or later 

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For Commencement Year 2018 to 2021 - please refer to 1860.1 Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours)

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is an accredited fourth year Honours program in Psychology for students who have completed the accredited three-year undergraduate sequence in Psychology at Western Sydney University. This program is designed for those seeking to pursue training pathways that lead to registration as a psychologist; and progression into Higher Degree Research.

This one-year, 80 credit point, fee-paying program includes a 30 credit point research thesis and 50 credit points of course work.

Students who completed their three year undergraduate sequence at an institution other than Western Sydney University are eligible to apply for the program Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Study Mode

One year full-time or two years part-time.

Program Advice

Program Advice

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Bankstown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Bankstown Campus Part Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above
Penrith Campus Full Time Internal See above
Penrith Campus Part Time Internal See above

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) on the basis that it meets all the APAC Accreditation Standards (June 2010) for a fourth year sequence of study in psychology.

Admission

Entry into the School’s APAC-accredited Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is limited to students who have completed the accredited three year undergraduate sequence in Psychology at Western Sydney University in the last 10 years.

In addition, students must have obtained an Average Admission Mark of 70+ in Level 2 and 3 Psychology subjects.

Entry into Honours is restricted by supervisory capacity. Limited places are available in this program and meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee entry.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Please note: Students must enrol in BEHV 4004 Psychology Research Thesis and BEHV 4006 Research Methods Seminar in both 1H and 2H sessions in order to receive final grades and credit points.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time start-year intake

Subject Title Credit Points
Autumn
BEHV 4009Advanced Topics in Contemporary Psychology10
WELF 4002Counselling and Consultation10
BEHV 4006Research Methods Seminar10
BEHV 4004Psychology Research Thesis15
Spring session
BEHV 4005Theory and Practice of Psychological Assessment and Intervention10
BEHV 4006Research Methods Seminar10
BEHV 4004Psychology Research Thesis15
Total Credit Points80

Part-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
WELF 4002 Counselling and Consultation 10
BEHV 4006 Research Methods Seminar 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
BEHV 4005 Theory and Practice of Psychological Assessment and Intervention 10
BEHV 4006 Research Methods Seminar 10
 Credit Points20
Year 2
Autumn session
BEHV 4009 Advanced Topics in Contemporary Psychology 10
BEHV 4004 Psychology Research Thesis 15
 Credit Points25
Spring session
BEHV 4004 Psychology Research Thesis 15
 Credit Points15
 Total Credit Points80