La Trobe University

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
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*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

This four-year degree is offered to high-ATAR students who want to become professional psychologists, go on to research or build a career in a psychology-related field. Please note: This course is not designed for applicants who have completed a psychology degree accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). You are not eligible to apply for this course and are recommended to apply for SHPS-Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours. For further information, please visit our Psychology Honours page.

In your first three years, you'll gain an understanding of clinical psychology, abnormal and health psychology, behavioural neuroscience, social psychology, cognition, developmental psychology, and psychological interventions.

You can choose from a wide range of elective subjects, focusing on areas like clinical practice, clinical neuroscience, human-animal relations, cultural psychology and global citizenship.

You'll have opportunities to learn about the work of professional psychologists, including those associated with our psychology clinic, and take a full subject on Autism Spectrum Disorders taught by specialists from the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre. You can also apply to complete a psychology-related field placement.

You can choose to take elective subjects from disciplines including business studies, sciences, legal studies and criminology, philosophy, sociology, languages, media studies and drama.

Your fourth year is an Honours year, giving you the opportunity to complete an individual research project under supervision. You'll also take seminars focusing on psychological assessment and interventions, professional and ethical issues, psychological theory, and research methods.

Automatic progression to fourth year in this course requires a minimum weighted average mark of 75%. More information on weightings can be found in the La Trobe University Handbook. Students who do not meet this standard may apply for competitive entry into Honours or graduate with our Bachelor of Psychological Science qualification.

Currently students who are enrolled in this four-year degree at the Albury Wodonga and Bendigo campuses will transfer to the Melbourne campus in fourth year of the program, although most of the work can be completed on the original home campus.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.

Entry requirements


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.

Subject bonus

A study score of 25 in Health And Human Development, any Information Technology, Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS), Maths: Specialist Mathematics or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

You'll graduate with strong analytical, research and communication skills. Our graduates have gone on to work at research institutes, hospitals, schools, human resource departments, counselling services, public service positions, and in private industry. To continue on to become a psychologist, your next step after an APAC accredited four-year program would be to complete further postgraduate studies or an approved internship as a registered provisional psychologist.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is accredited on the Melbourne campus, and conditionally accredited on the Albury-Wodonga and Bendigo campuses, by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Professional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychology (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.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Applications for Semester 2, 2018 will open later this year.

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See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: