Psychology

Why pursue Honours in psychology?

If you are an undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career as a psychologist, Honours (fourth year) is required by law before continuing with specialised training.

As a psychology honours student, you'll have access to outstanding neuroscience laboratory facilities, Australia's first Autism Research Centre and our Psychology Clinic, which offers services to the general public.

Places are limited and the quota varies from year to year, depending upon the availability of supervisors and other factors. Please note eligible La Trobe University Bachelor of Psychology Science graduates need to complete an application form to progress to the Honours program.

To find out more about studying Psychology at La Trobe, visit the Department of Psychology and Counselling website.

Career opportunities

La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.

Course information

Local students

Students who perform at a high standard may apply to undertake a further year of psychology study in Honours (SHPS), which is a prerequisite for most postgraduate courses of study. Following the successful completion of the Honours year, these students will graduate with a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). The Honours course is presently offered only at the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus although students from the Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga campus may apply.

Structure

120 credit points

Assessment

In addition to successful presentation of a research proposal, students are required to submit a conference summary, ethics application and report, journal, colloquia summaries, and two short presentations which are all hurdle requirements. There are also a thesis, an essay, and three examinations that carry marks toward the final grade.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Professional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia will require additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree as well as an application to the professional body. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours may apply for membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fee Type

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

How to apply

Applications for 2018 must be made online. Hard copy applications will NOT be accepted.

Applicants with a qualification from an institute other than La Trobe University:

  1. Download and fill out the supplementary form [PDF 613KB].
  2. Go to the online application system and attach the supplementary form.

Applicants with a La Trobe University qualification, please submit an application online.

See Student Handbook for more details

NB: the Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University: Melbourne

Closing date

31 October 2017

Contacts

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Want to know more?

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Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year. There are also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

Students who perform at a high standard may apply to undertake a further year of psychology study in Honours (SHPS), which is a prerequisite for most postgraduate courses of study. Following the successful completion of the Honours year, these students will graduate with a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). The Honours course is presently offered only at the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus although students from the Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga campus may apply.

Structure

120 credit points

Assessment

In addition to successful presentation of a research proposal, students are required to submit a conference summary, ethics application and report, journal, colloquia summaries, and two short presentations which are all hurdle requirements. There are also a thesis, an essay, and three examinations that carry marks toward the final grade.

Academic entry requirements

If your 3 year undergraduate studies in Psychology were undertaken out of Australia, it is necessary before submitting an application for the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), to have your non-Australian academic qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for the purposes of migration, entrance to psychology programs in Australian universities, registration or gaining employment in Australia.

You should submit original transcripts of your qualifications and it is useful to attach copies of course outlines, content, etc., if you have them. For a fee, the APS will assess whether your qualifications are equivalent to those obtained through a 3 year APAC-accredited psychology program in Australia (approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council).

Please note: obtaining an APS assessment equivalent to at least 3 years in Psychology does not guarantee that an application for Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) will be successful in gaining a place.

How to apply

Applicants with a qualification from an institute other than La Trobe University:

Download and fill out the supplementary form.

Contact La Trobe International applications close 31 October 2017.

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Contact La Trobe International for estimated fee costs for international students.

Your study experience

Students will attend a series of seminars including the school colloquia program where leading scholars present their research. Students attend a  fourth-year conference and present their research project proposal and hear about other students' projects. Students also complete a series of online modules to assist in learning how to analyse and respond to the ethical and professional dilemmas that arise for psychologists and other helping professionals.

Alternative pathways

Transferring from another university where you are enrolled in a related degree, provided you meet the entry requirements.

Student and graduate profiles

Michelle Coleman,
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

"I plan to become a registered psychologist in the future and I'm definitely on the way."

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View all staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.