Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours)

Understand and explain human behaviour.

APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited course

Applications for Semester 1, 2022 close on 24 September 2021

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Moreton Bay
Refer to the program footnotes
Semester 1 or Semester 2
Program length (full-time)
1 year
Annual tuition fee 2022
Estimated total tuition fee *
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2022 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
  • ^Campus note: Moreton Bay - Dissertation courses may be available subject to suitable supervision availability.
Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast n/a - direct application to USC
  • Moreton Bay ^n/a - direct application to USC
Minimum selection threshold

GPA requirement

USC program code
Semester 1 or Semester 2
1 year full time or 2 years part time
Applications close
24 September 2021
Study mode
Blended Learning
Completion of an approved undergraduate degree.
Total units
  • ^Campus note: Moreton Bay - Dissertation courses may be available subject to suitable supervision availability.

APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited course

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) is a one-year, APAC-accredited Honours degree that allows you to continue your studies in psychology.

You’ll complete advanced coursework in statistics, theoretical issues, ethics and professional practice, and gain a comprehensive introduction to the legislation that governs the practice of psychology in Australia.

You will also complete a research project and dissertation on an issue or aspect of psychology that interests you.

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) enables you to pursue further pathways towards obtaining general registration as a psychologist, including applying for admission to a master's program.

Admission requirements:

The entry requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) are:

  • completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited qualifying psychology degree within the last 10 years. The qualifying degree may be:
  1. a three year undergraduate psychology degree (or first three years of an accredited four year degree); or
  2. a Graduate Diploma in psychology for applicants who completed an undergraduate degree in a different discipline; and
  • a minimum Credit average in second and third year psychology courses / graduate diploma psychology courses.

There is a limited number of honours places available. Selection will be based on applicants’ order of merit on second and third year psychology courses / graduate diploma psychology courses. Thus, a higher than minimum GPA may be required to be offered a place.

USC ranked 101-200th out of 871 institutions worldwide*

*2021 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, Good Health and Wellbeing.

Program structure

Students must successfully complete the following courses, totalling 96 units, in order to be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology) (Honours):

Coursework component (4) 48 units

PSY400 Research Methods and Analysis 4
PSY401 Advanced Theoretical Issues in Psychology
PSY402 Professional Practice of Psychology
PSY403 Ethical and Professional Issues In Psychology

Dissertation component (2) 48 units

PSY408A Research Dissertation A(0 units)
PSY408B Research Dissertation B(48 units)

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

^Campus note: Moreton Bay - Dissertation courses may be available subject to suitable supervision availability.


Total units: 96

Program requirements and notes

Program requirements and notes
Enrolment and fees
  • In any semester, standard full-time enrolment comprises 0.500 EFTSL
  • In any semester, standard part-time enrolment comprises 0.250 EFTSL. Students enrolling part-time in the award must complete the coursework components before enrolling in the dissertation
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • The census date for withdrawal without financial penalty or academic penalty is the Semester 1 or 2 census date
  • Commonwealth supported students pay student contributions
  • Students who are not Commonwealth supported pay full tuition fees

EFTSL - Equivalent Full-Time Student Load. One year of full-time study equates to 1.000 EFTSL.

Assessment and examination

All coursework is normally graded internally. Assessment work involves a combination of short reports, essays, class presentations, class tests and examinations. A copy of your dissertation will be sent to two independent examiners, one of whom is normally internal and the other of whom is external to the University of the Sunshine Coast.

To be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours), students are required to pass both the coursework and dissertation components of the program.

Other notes
  1. Refer related policies, rules, plans and procedures.
  2. Refer to explanation of terms.
  3. International students need to refer to the English language requirements.
  4. Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa.
Classes of honours

The degree is awarded in one of the three classes:

  • Class 1
  • Class 2 (awarded as Division 1 or Division 2)
  • Class 3

The class of honours awarded may not be more than one grade higher than the grade for the thesis. For example, if you receive a ‘Credit’ grade for your thesis, you may not be awarded the honours degree at a higher level than Class 2 Division 1, regardless of the average mark.

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