Psychology Honours Programs


Thank you for your interest in applying for the Psychology Honours programs at Western Sydney University.  We have compiled the information below to answer some of the most common enquiries and we encourage you to read these FAQs.

If you have any further questions, please contact the School of Social Sciences and Psychology via ssappsychologyhonours@westernsydney.edu.au

  • 1865 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • 1860 Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours)

Frequently Asked Questions

Psychology Honours Programs

What is the difference between 1865 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and 1860 Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours)

The Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) have a fourth year embedded Honours program which can only be applied for by students who have completed (or are currently completing) the three-year sequence of the Western Sydney University Bachelor of Psychology (course codes 1500 and 1834) or Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (course code 1865).

The Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours) is an Honours fourth year for any prospective candidate who has completed (or is currently completing) an accredited three-year undergraduate Psychology course at Western Sydney University (i.e., Bachelor of Psychological Studies; Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology); Bachelor of Arts with a Key Program in Psychology; Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws with a Key Program in Psychology) or the Western Sydney University Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies. This degree is not open to applicants who completed their accredited psychology degree at an institution other than Western Sydney University.

What is the duration of the program?

The Honours program is one year full time study or two years part time study.

Can I study part time?

Yes (two years, all coursework units in the first year and the thesis in the second year).

Is there a mid year intake?

There is no mid year intake for this course

Is the program available to study online or by distance?

The Honours program is not available to study online or by distance. Some components of the program will be delivered online; however, the majority of the program involves face-to-face teaching on campus.
Applications

When do applications open?

Applications for Psychology Honours open mid August each year.

When do applications close?

Applications close on 31 October. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry to the fourth (Honours) year of the Bachelor of Psychology/Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is limited to students who apply for Honours and have achieved an Average Admission Mark (AAM) of 70+ in Level 2 and 3 units, including credit or higher grade in the majority of the Level 2 and Level 3 psychology units. Students who have successfully completed the first three years, but do not achieve this standard, or who do not apply for a place in the Honours program, will graduate after third year with the Bachelor of Psychological Studies.

Note that Bachelor of Psychology students who commenced in versions 1500 or 1834 are eligible for the embedded Honours fourth year with an AAM of 65+ in level 2 and 3 units including credit or higher grade in the majority of the Level 2 and Level 3 psychology units.

Entry into the School's APAC-accredited Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours) is limited to students who have completed the following courses at Western Sydney University in the last 10 years:

  • Bachelor of Psychological Studies
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology)
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Key Program in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws with a Key Program in Psychology

In addition, students must have obtained an Average Admission Mark of 70+ in the Western Sydney University grading system in Level 2 and 3 units with a majority of Credit or higher grades in Level 2 and 3 psychology units.

Entry into this Honours program is restricted by supervisory capacity. Limited places are available in this course and meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee entry. Eligible students are selected in order of merit based on their Average Admission Mark in Level 2 and 3 units. There is no provision for deferring an offer of a place.

Students who did not complete their APAC-accredited psychology degree at Western Sydney University can apply to enter the Graduate Diploma in Psychology. For students who meet the entry standard it is an alternative method to Honours of gaining an accredited fourth year of  undergraduate study enabling registration as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Entry into the degree is limited to students who have completed an approved accredited three year undergraduate sequence in psychology (or an approved accredited bridging sequence such as the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies) at an institution other than Western Sydney University in the last 10 years. In addition, students must have obtained an average mark of 70 in units equivalent to Level 2 and 3, with a majority of Credit or higher grades in units equivalent to Level 2 and 3 psychology units. Entry into the Graduate Diploma in Psychology may be restricted due to supervisory capacity. Eligible students are selected in order of merit based on their average mark in Level 2 and 3 units. This degree is not open to students who completed their accredited psychology degrees at Western Sydney University.

How do I submit my application?

All those in course codes 1500, 1834 and 1865 who are nearing the end of the 3 year sequence will be automatically assessed to progress into the 4th year of their respective degree as they all have an embedded honours program.  They do not need to apply for 4th year entry.

All those in other non-embedded 4th year programs will to apply to the 1860 Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours), through the following: https://applyonline.uws.edu.au/connect/webconnect

What is an Admission Average Mark (AAM) and how is it calculated?

Your Average Admission Mark (AAM) is the average mark of all Level 2 and 3 units you have passed (including Level 2 and 3 core units, Level 2 and 3 electives and any Level 2 and 3 units for which you have advanced standing). Your AAM is calculated by adding together all the marks you have been awarded for Level 2 and 3 units, and then dividing that total by the number of level 2 and 3 units you have passed.

What if I do not complete third year until the end of the year?

You are assessed on all the required units including your last semester of study.

Can I apply if I am finishing my undergraduate degree in summer school?

Yes, you can apply and we will assess your eligibility once your Summer grades are finalised.

Do I need to find a supervisor before I commence?

No, successful applicants are allocated a supervisor by a panel from the School based on their demonstrated area of research interest.

How are applications ranked?

Applications are ranked based on your AAM. Please refer to the section above for details on how the AAM is calculated.
Offers

When are offers made?

Offers are made in mid December.

How many offers are made?

The number of offers made vary from year to year.

Can I defer my offer?

No, you cannot defer an offer but you can reapply the following year.