Course Description

Are you a high achieving psychology student, want to distinguish yourself from other graduates and pursue a rewarding career as a clinical psychologist or in other professions? If answered yes, then the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) could be the next step for you! The Honours program is the most common critical stepping stone towards becoming a registered clinical psychologist. However, this course also opens the doors to an exciting range of valuable specialised graduate and postgraduate studies as well as to higher research degrees such as a PhD.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is a one year course that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and recognised by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Thus, upon successful completion, you will be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. You could then become eligible for general registration as a psychologist with at least two years of supervised practice.

This Honours Program gives you an opportunity to acquire expertise and skills that are highly valued by employers in human-centred professions. The Honours will give you access to developing an in-depth understanding of psychological theories and practice, and the opportunity to design, conduct, interpret and communicate research.

The expertise and skills that you can gain in the Honours Program will give you access to better understanding yourself, growing and enhancing your well-being, creating healthier and more empowering relationships, adapting to changes in your personal and professional environments, and empowering other people. The knowledge and skills you can acquire in the Honours Program are designed to prepare you for careers in a wide range of areas in private and government organisations.


1 year full time,

Starting dates


Graduate Rating

Graduates of Psychology undergraduate courses at Charles Darwin University (CDU) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 59.6% (national average 63.6%)
Improved skills: 84.6% (national average 84.4%)
Overall satisfaction: 80.4% (national average 81.0%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Charles Darwin University (CDU). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Psychology undergraduate courses at Charles Darwin University (CDU) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 57.1% (national average 58.9%)
Studying full time: 28.0% (national average 37.3%)
Median full time salary: (national average $55,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

Charles Darwin University (CDU) Code: VPSSH1

Entry Requirements

The Bachelor of Psychology Honours is a highly competitive course which has a quota of 20 places each year. This means that although you may meet the minimum entry requirements for the course, you may not be ranked high enough to receive an offer.
Admission Requirements
Successful completion within the last 10 years of an APAC accredited Bachelor of Psychological Science degree or equivalent. This is a competitive course with more applicants than places available. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 5. 50 and at least a credit in second year and third year research design and analysis or equivalent.