Course details

CRICOS course code: 088386E

Level of study: Bachelor’s Degrees


The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is an integrated four-year program designed to satisfy the first step towards becoming a professional psychologist.

This degree will provide you the knowledge and skills to understand and explain human behaviour and relationships. You’ll learn about abnormal psychology, cognition, developmental psychology, psychological assessment, personality, social psychology and statistics, as well as biology, chemistry and physiology.

The course is designed to prepare you for postgraduate studies in specialist areas of professional psychology such as counselling, clinical, organisational or sports psychology, or to pursue a career in research. The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is professionally accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Course learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), graduates will be able to:

  • systematically review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to inform their knowledge and conceptual understandings in social and behavioural sciences, and psychology
  • formulate arguments that are fit for purpose and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theories and evidence in behavioural studies and psychology
  • critically analyse information to generate creative solutions to solve complex problems in the area of social and behavioural sciences and psychology
  • define and integrate theoretical principles and apply these in their disciplinary areas of expertise
  • apply knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for their own learning and practice, individually and in collaboration with others
  • interpret and communicate ideas, problems and arguments in modes suitable to a range of audiences using a range of media
  • coherently articulate a line of reasoning demonstrating cultural sensitivity and apply a framework to analyse and offer solutions to ethical dilemmas in local and international context
  • demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge about the theories and research methods in psychology
  • analyse, consolidate, synthesise and evaluate psychology knowledge with a considerable degree of intellectual independence
  • design and conduct a coherent, substantial, independent research project and successfully execute it in a timely and self-directed manner
  • communicate and defend psychological arguments to specialist and non-specialist audiences in oral and written form
  • apply psychological theories, research principles and skills in order to problem-solve in a range of research settings and contexts
  • practice ethical awareness, collegiality and respect in academic and professional contexts
  • plan and manage their own time and project work effectively by prioritising competing demands and deadlines.

Career opportunities

Future career options for graduates of this degree may include social welfare consultant, medical researcher, child safety officer, health officer, clinical worker and child development officer.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
37,520 Per Year 26 Feb 2024 4 years
Blended study
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122

Entry criteria

Successful completion of one of the following: the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification; completion of an approved diploma or completion or partial completion of a degree course.

Course Prerequisites: VCE Units 3 and 4 – a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent

Entry requirements vary depending on the course students choose.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • Swinburne’s English Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 75%, all skills 70%
  • minimum IELTS overall band of 7.0 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 7.0
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) - 94 (no less than 25 in reading, 24 in listening, 23 in speaking, 27 in writing)
  • Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 66 (no communicative skills less than 58)
  • C1 Advanced - 176, no band less than 169
  • any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.


Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122
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