The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) degree allows high-performing students to deepen their knowledge of approaches, perspectives and traditions in psychology and undertake a significant research project. The program consists of a year-long major independent research project (completed under the guidance of an academic supervisor), and a thesis based on the project. In addition, you will complete advanced-level core and elective coursework.

The research project may be undertaken in most areas of psychology, such as psychopathology, behavioural neuroscience, cognitive science, cognition and perception, forensic psychology, and social, personality and developmental psychology. The coursework requirement includes content that encompasses history, professional ethics, evidence-based practice and advanced coverage of selected contemporary issues in psychology.

This degree also provides an academic foundation for you to continue on to a masters by coursework, a masters by research or a PhD.

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Indicative Enrolments


Why choose this degree?

Connect your undergraduate study with supervised independent research and develop skills required for further study.

Who should choose this degree?

High-achieving undergraduate students.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Psychologist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Organisational Psychologist
  • Management Consultant
  • Forensic Psychologist

Accreditation / Professional Recognition

Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Entry requirements

Find out more about entry requirements for this program in the Degree Handbook.

How to apply

All (internal and external) students intending to apply to the honours programs are encouraged to discuss their eligibility and study program with relevant faculty staff prior to applying. Disciplines may require the student to submit a draft proposal at the time of application.

All honours applicants apply for the disciplinary honours program via www.apply.unsw.edu.au providing the documentation required.

Applications for this program open on 1 August each year.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 4

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment.

Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

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