Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

La Trobe University

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 you if you've completed a psychology degree accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). You won't be eligible to apply for this course and we recommend that you apply for SHPS-Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours. In the first three years of this degree, 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. Fourth year is an Honours year, giving you the opportunity to complete an individual research project under supervision. You can also take seminars focusing on psychological assessment and interventions, professional and ethical issues, psychological theory, and research methods. You'll progress to fourth year if you've completed subjects during the first three years at a high standard. If you don't meet this standard, you'll instead graduate with our Bachelor of Psychological Science.

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.


Students are required to complete 480 credit points, or 120 credit points per year. This includes a minimum of 180 credit points of psychology subjects across the first three years, a 15-credit point statistics subject, and no less than 135 credit points of psychology in second and third year. Students must also complete the two Honours year subjects in the fourth year of study.

Subjects you can Study:


Further information:

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 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is accredited with conditions 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.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00115M

Related Careers:

Counsellor, Psychologist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bendigo No info No Part time 8 years
Bendigo No info No Full time 4 years
Melbourne No info No Part time 8 years
Melbourne No info No Full time 4 years
Albury-Wodonga 65.35 No Part time 8 years
Albury-Wodonga 65.35 No Full time 4 years
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Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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