Honours in Psychology

The Monash Honours in Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) and delivers high quality research training that enables students to register as a provisional psychologist and pursue further research and training in psychology.

Students study the theoretical and practical application of psychology through a combination of coursework units and a research thesis within the School’s research themes. Please review the handbook for detailed unit information.

The course is delivered on-campus at Clayton over a duration of one (1) year full-time.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (course code M3005) will proceed to the fourth year of study upon successful admission to the Honours program. All other students will undertake the Honours program as a separate fourth year in either the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours). The program is the same regardless of the course in which you are enrolled.

Entry requirements

A bachelor's degree or graduate diploma that includes the APAC accredited major of ten units in psychology.  Students must have commenced honours within 5 years of completing their final undergraduate PSY psychology unit(s).  If unsure please contact the psychology honours team.

Admission to the program is competitive and determined on the basis of academic merit in core third year psychology units.

Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply for the Psychology Honours program.

Monash students

A minimum distinction average across PSY3041PSY3051PSY3032 and PSY3062 is required to be considered for entry. The actual cut-off is closer to 78%.

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) students who apply for the honours year are eligible for admission if they achieve a minimum average result of 70% across these four units.

External applicants

Only a limited numbers of places are available to external applicants and these are determined on merit and assessed within the cohort of the given year. The cut-off is approximately 85%.

Application process

There is one intake period in February each year. Applications open early September and close mid-November for the intake in the following year. Please apply online directly to the School of Psychological Sciences. Offers are issued in early January and some late round offers may be made in mid-January. All applicants will receive a response by late-January at the latest. Offers cannot be deferred.


Commonwealth Supported Places are available to domestic students. Australian citizens can defer their tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

Alternative pathways

An equivalent fourth year in psychology can also be obtained through the Graduate Diploma in Professional Psychology or Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced. Both courses are accredited by APAC and managed by either the Faculty of Education or Monash Online, respectively. For more information about these alternative pathways and how to apply, please refer to the course links.