Macquarie University

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Macquarie University
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4 yearsfull-time(part-time available)
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Why study this course

This is a four year honours degree designed to prepare students for entry into the profession of psychology or a higher research degree. The first three years follow an accredited path of undergraduate study in psychology, followed by an honours year in which students complete a research thesis under the supervision of academic staff.

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This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This enables students to progress through a pathway of study towards registration as a psychologist.

Entry requirements

Year 12 (senior secondary certificate)

Where is this course offered?

Available campuses

  • North Ryde

The course duration and available study modes can vary depending on the campus.

Visit Macquarie University's website to find out more about your study options.

Course price

The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including:

  • Whether you are eligible for a subsidy, concession, or government loan
  • Your previous study and work experience
  • Your unit selections

Visit Macquarie University's website to find out more about the course price for you.

What to know before you apply

To help you decide if this is the right course for you, Macquarie University can provide you with more information about:

Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be able to get credit or RPL for some units of this course based on your previous studies and work experience. This means the duration of the course may be reduced.

Work placement

Work placement gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

During third year, students have the opportunity to gain relevant workplace experience in a professional or community setting.

Visit Macquarie University's website to find out more about credit, RPL, or work placement.

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What are students saying?

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Macquarie University
(1 reviews)

Published Jul 2018
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)Macquarie University
Graduation date2017
Study modeOn-campus
Student review
The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) course at Macquarie University is overall, an excellent program run by knowledgeable and well-established academics in the field. The course is structured in a way that allows students to systematically grow in their competencies as an undergraduate student, subsequently preparing them to continue into postgraduate studies or future work. The first year of the course allows a smooth transition into psychological studies, whether the student has recently graduated from high school or has decided on a change of career. There is a minimal work load within this first year and also an abundance of elective subjects from which students are allowed to choose from. The core psychology subjects provide a wide overview of the rest of the course, which provides students the opportunity to carefully consider whether the course is right for them. The second and third years of the course builds upon content presented in the first year. These years provide students with a more comprehensive view of the possible avenues to explore upon moving into the workplace or into higher education. Various psychology electives are also available for students who wish to learn more in specialised areas of psychology. The third year also provides an opportunity to attend exchange abroad (to Norway!), where students learn about cross-cultural issues in psychology with students from other cultures. The Honours year is a time-intensive, rigorous process in which students design, conduct, and write an empirical thesis while attending classes that focus on practical areas of psychology. My thesis supervisor was invested in my research and showed genuine interest in my growth as a researcher. Her support was valued greatly and we have maintained a working relationship despite me moving to another university for my postgraduate studies! Students in this year also complete a practical unit where real experience in the workforce is gained. My placement was at Lifeline – a 24/7 phone service for individuals who are in crisis, which proved to be an invaluable experience that surely improved my candidature for my postgraduate studies. Throughout the course, I found that students were able to continue with their other commitments. This positive is particularly important for students who work or have families to support. All subject outlines and expectations were also clearly stated and readily available - another factor that was beneficial in assessing my learning. Although the course was brilliant, there were some issues that I noted. The primary issue was the lack of clearly stated requirements to become a psychologist. Specifically, the job market in psychology is limited and oftentimes, a postgraduate degree is necessary to attain the goal of a psychologist. To be considered for a postgraduate degree, the candidate is required to attain good grades in Honours (Distinction average), in addition to substantial relevant work and volunteer experience. Work in a relevant field is difficult to attain, especially when the student is unaware of such a requirement. Many students would have benefitted from this information if they had been notified in their first year of their undergraduate studies. For reference, I worked as a junior therapist for a child with autism for a year, followed by various volunteer and paid psychology research experience in several organisations, volunteered at headspace, and had my placement at Lifeline where I attained full accreditation as a Crisis Supporter. Issues with the near-unreasonable (but doable) expectations of an undergraduate student is related to a secondary criticism of the course. There are minimal practical opportunities provided for students (only in the fourth year!), although I have heard that this framework is changing to include practical experience in the third year. Of course this issue is not limited to the Macquarie University course but for almost all universities providing the same course, given the time and resources it would require to provide such opportunities. Nonetheless, it is essential to be proactive and speak with lecturers and tutors for any work opportunities. Despite its limitations, I found the course extremely beneficial to prepare me for my postgraduate studies. I have grown exponentially between my first and my last year in the course, and have made lasting connections with the academic staff who will surely support me as I continue on my professional journey. Furthermore, the university life, other students, and even the university campus itself is lovely. I will surely recommend the course to anyone who is considering a career in psychology. My only word of advice would be to gain experience early and start networking – it will prove to be essential moving forward.
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