Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) provides a route for high achieving students, whose academic capabilities and potential would be well served by concentrating on research-based study leading to doctoral study.

In this course, you will develop advanced theoretical knowledge in the areas of social and developmental psychology. You will also hone your critical thinking skills, develop and apply research and analytical skills, and practice communicating research findings to academic and non-academic audiences.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology Fees Scholarship

Applications close 31 January
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Topics that may be addressed include:

  • How will technology change the way we think and interact with others?
  • How do we maximise the benefits from multiculturalism and migration, and avoid intergroup conflict
  • As psychologists, how do we contribute to the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change?
  • How do we develop disaster resilient communities?
  • Is our rapidly-advancing technology affecting childhood?
  • What are the psychological benefits of an aging population?

Structure and content

Students complete papers in advanced theoretical studies, relevant to their discipline and a research methods paper. An individually designed reading paper may be chosen. Students also undertake an individually supervised 60-point research dissertation.


Psychology papers (30 points)
PYSC880 Advanced Theory in Social and Developmental Psychology
PSYC883 Readings in Psychology

Methods papers (30 points)
HEAL811 Integrative Research
HEAL808 Quantitative Research II
HEAL810 Qualitative Research II

Dissertation (60 points)
PSYC897 Dissertation

Career opportunities

  • Career and employment counselling
  • Community development
  • Management
  • Marketing and communications
  • Politics
  • Public health promotion
  • Public relations
  • Teaching and training.

Last updated: 08-Jan-2018 1.13pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.