University of Technology Sydney

C09170v1 Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) (BPsychSc(Hons))
CRICOS code: 113305K
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Notes

UTS undergraduate psychology courses are accredited by APAC with conditions. UTS is in the process of applying to have each course considered as a professional pathway course, which if approved, would lead to psychology-based units being funded under Cluster 2.

The first intake in this course will be in 2027.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Honours
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) prepares students for diverse career pathways in the future workforce. This degree offers the second step (APAC Level 2 pre-professional competencies) towards becoming a registered psychologist as well as transferable skills increasingly demanded by a range of employers. Students develop advanced knowledge and skills in psychology, including research methods and data analysis, applied psychological assessment and intervention, and professional and ethical practice in psychology. A capstone year-long research project involves completion of a supervised thesis examining an individual research question.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) prepares students for diverse career pathways in the future workforce. This degree offers the second step towards becoming a registered psychologist (i.e., APAC Level 2 pre-professional competencies) as well as highly sought after transferable skills. Graduates use psychology to better understand the mind, brain, and behaviour to solve challenges faced by individuals, groups, and society.

Course aims

This course is designed to equip graduates with advanced knowledge and skills in the scientific discipline of psychology. Our graduates will fill the pressing need for a larger mental health workforce. Students gain transferable skills in preparation for jobs of the future that are focused on human-machine interaction, ageing, behavioural insights, data analysis, people management, leadership, neuroscience, and more. An Indigenous graduate attribute is woven throughout the course to ensure graduates are culturally responsive and well prepared to work with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. These aims are achieved through collaboration with diverse industry partners, and the provision of innovative work-integrated learning and research opportunities.

Career options

Career options include psychologist, social worker, counsellor, therapist, policy analyst, data analyst, researcher, marketer, human resources manager, behaviour advisor, people advisor, evaluator.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Cultural Responsiveness: Acquire advanced knowledge and skills required for research and professional practice that is culturally responsive, and cognisant of the impacts of ongoing colonisation on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.
2.1 Research Proficiency: Apply self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry to the design, analysis, critique, and communication of theory and research in psychology for ongoing personal and professional development.
3.1 Values and Ethics: Model appropriate values and ethical standards when applying psychological research and practice to personal, professional, and societal goals.
4.1 Professional Capacity: Defend the theoretical underpinnings and scientific application of psychological assessment and intervention across contexts using advanced individual, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

Students internal and external to UTS may apply for the stand-alone Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) if their average mark across the 10 highest-scoring psychology subjects is 75+ (for internal UTS students) or 80+ (for external students). Eligibility does not guarantee admission as places are subject to supervisory capacity. Students with an APAC-accredited psychology Bachelor's degree are also eligible to apply for the honours-equivalent UTS Online Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced).

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: minimum 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each subtest; or TOEFL: internet based: minimum 94 overall with a minimum score of 24 for reading and listening, 23 for speaking and 27 for writing; or PTE: minimum 65 overall with a minimum score of 65 in each subtest.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

Inherent Requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are inherent in or essential to the successful completion of a course. The inherent requirements framework for the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is based on the following six themes:

  1. Legal and Behavioural Requirements;
  2. Communication Tasks – verbal; written; non-verbal;
  3. Cognitive/Intellectual Tasks – literacy; numeracy; knowledge and information;
  4. Sensory Tasks – visual; auditory;
  5. Physical Tasks – gross and fine motor requirements; and
  6. Sustainable Performance.

Students should consult the full inherent requirements.

Recognition of prior learning

Students will not be eligible for advanced standing based on prior learning.

Course duration and attendance

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is offered at the City campus on a full-time basis over one year and a part-time basis over two years.

Course structure

Students complete 48 credit points of Psychology honours subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM91813 Psychological Science Honours 48cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical full-time program.

full time
Year 1
Autumn C Session
96643 Psychology Honours Research Project A   12cp
96644 Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis   6cp
96645 Applied Psychological Assessment and Intervention   6cp
Spring C Session
96646 Psychology Honours Research Project B   12cp
96647 Professional and Ethical Practice in Psychology   6cp
96648 Advanced Topics in Psychology   6cp
part time
Year 1
Autumn C Session
96644 Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis   6cp
96645 Applied Psychological Assessment and Intervention   6cp
Spring C Session
96647 Professional and Ethical Practice in Psychology   6cp
96648 Advanced Topics in Psychology   6cp
Year 2
Autumn C Session
96643 Psychology Honours Research Project A   12cp
Spring C Session
96646 Psychology Honours Research Project B   12cp

Honours

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) may be awarded with first class honours, second class honours division 1, second class honours division 2, or third class honours.

Professional recognition

This course provides the second step (i.e., APAC Level 2 pre-professional competencies*) on the pathway towards becoming a professionally accredited psychologist in Australia. Graduates are eligible to apply for further training in the APAC Level 3 professional competencies, which form the third step on the pathway towards becoming a professionally accredited psychologist in Australia.

*This course is accredited by APAC with conditions.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:
Telephone – 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
Or +61 2 9514 1222
www.ask.uts.edu.au