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Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSCH) - BSc(Hons)

CRICOS code (International applicants): 043510M

Programs at USQ regularly undergo a comprehensive re-accreditation process to assure their relevance and quality. The Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Psychology) is currently being re-accredited and, as a consequence, is likely to undergo some changes. Full details will be made available when it is approved. If you have any questions, please contact us.

 On-campus*#External*
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Ipswich, Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Residential school:Psychology Major
Toowoomba/Ipswich campus
(mandatory) 
Psychology Major
Toowoomba/Ipswich campus
(mandatory) 
Standard duration:This program must be completed within two years of first enrolling. 
Footnotes
*All courses in the Psychology major are offered as intensive on-campus workshops in Toowoomba and/or Ipswich. Attendance at workshops is compulsory. Each course has two workshops per semester, thus students are required to attend four intensive workshop blocks per year. The location of the workshops will be advised at the beginning of each semester. International students can only complete the Psychology major as full-time students.
#The Psychology major is offered on-campus as intensive workshops and usually has a Semester 1 intake only.

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Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) program Psychology major, is available in both on-campus and external mode, and is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fourth-year program in psychology.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Psychology) program, students will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychologists Board of Australia. However, there is a requirement to complete a further two years of supervised practice or an approved Masters program after initial registration. Graduates are also eligible to apply to the Australian Psychological Society for Associate Membership. If graduates achieve a high level of Honours (either First Class or Second Class, Division A), they would be eligible to apply for a Masters program or PhD at USQ and other universities.

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Program aims

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) aims to begin the training of students as research scientists in a variety of scientific disciplines including applied mathematics/statistics, biology, chemistry, environment and sustainability, computing, physics and psychology. Successful completion of the psychology major enables graduates to register with the Psychologists Board of Australia. Graduates who achieve a high level of Honours (either First Class or Second Class division A) would be eligible to apply for a Masters program or PhD at USQ and other universities.

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Program objectives

Upon completion of the Honours program, graduates should be able to:

  1. demonstrate high levels of proficiency in research and specific methodology including research planning and implementation, analysis, interpretation and evaluation of research results, and the presentation and communication of research findings

  2. demonstrate a commitment to the ethical and social responsibilities of a practising scientist

  3. develop the professional identity that leads to autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or scientist in their discipline

  4. analyse critically, evaluate and transform information in order to develop solutions to complex problems in their chosen specialist area

  5. demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills for work as a Professional or to proceed to PhD study subject to competitive evaluation of qualifications


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 08. Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Program Information Set

View USQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in the area of Honours study, normally, with a substantial amount of undergraduate study in the major area of the discipline in which the Honours study is to be undertaken, with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5 or above for: the whole program; or 5 or above in the second and third years of the program; or 5 or above in the major study area.

  • Applicants must also be current in their major area of study. To ensure currency of knowledge, students will have commenced their undergraduate degree no earlier than eight years previous to the year of application and will have satisfied requirements for the award of that degree no more than three years previously.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements of Category 2.


Applicants are advised to also note the following:

  • Candidates for the Psychology Major must have completed a program of study approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as constituting the first three years (or equivalent) of study in psychology within the last three years.

  • Candidates for all majors other than psychology must have both supervisory and honours committee approval prior to enrolment.


Satisfaction of admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Places within the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program specialising in Psychology are limited by quota. Selection from applicants who met admission requirements will be based on ranking by GPA from previous Psychology studies. Quota size is determined by the availability of supervision places. Where the quota is filled in the Semester 1 intake, no further places will be offered in Semester 2 of that year.

In 2017, the quota was filled at the Semester 1 intake.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Honours program consists of eight units of study including project courses and specialised courses. The program has seven majors - Applied Mathematics/Statistics, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Environment & Sustainability, Computing and Physics.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) will be given further information about project selection with their offers.

The project courses give students appropriate opportunity for research and scientific investigation of a topic within the area of the major study.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete this program.

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Major studies

On enrolment, each student must choose one of the majors Applied Mathematics/Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Environment & Sustainability, Computing, Physics or Psychology.

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IT requirements

Students should visit the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the minimum and recommended standards for software.

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Residential schools

The attendance requirement of residential schools within this degree is indicated by the following letters: V = Voluntary; O = Optional; C = Compulsory; R = Recommended; HR = Highly Recommended; M = Mandatory. Find out more about residential schools, visit the Residential School Schedule to view specific dates for your degree, or visit the Policy and Procedure Library.

For the Psychology Major there are two mandatory intensive workshop blocks each semester, each usually of one week's duration (i.e., usually 6-7 days for full-time students and 3-5 days for part-time students). These workshops are mandatory for all students in the program. Students who apply from overseas will only be accepted if they are able and willing to reside in Australia for the duration of the program. Fourth year can be full-time (one year) or part-time (maximum of two years). The location of workshops will be determined by the numbers of students in the intake. For some intakes workshops will be run from Ipswich or Toowoomba or both Ipswich and Toowoomba if numbers warrant.

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Credit

Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure. With prior approval by the Program Coordinator, students may complete up to two courses cross-institutionally from Semester 1 2018 (and apply to students that commenced in 2017).

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Honours

The level of honours awarded will be determined based on the USQ procedure. Please refer to the Class of Honours Standard Schedule.

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Enrolment

Mid-year intake

Mid-year intake is available for the Applied Mathematics/Statistics; Biology; Chemistry; Environment & Sustainability; Computing and Physics majors in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Applied Mathematics/Statistics; Biology; Chemistry; Environment & Sustainability; Computing; and Physics major

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Supervisory approval must be obtained before undertaking external study

Students may commence their studies in either semester 1 or semester 2.

A part-time enrolment pattern is available. Students wanting to study part-time should contact us for this enrolment pattern.

To identify a potential honours supervisor, students need to contact the Program Coordinator and can do this by emailing usq.support@usq.edu.au. Students must have supervisory approval before beginning their studies.


Major Study: Applied Mathematics/Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Environment & Sustainability, Computing, Physics
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
SCI4409 Science Honours Project 1*^1111
SCI4410 Science Honours Project 2*^1212
SCI4403 Special Study in Science*11,211,2
SCI4405 Research Practice and Ethics11,211,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH or MSCR or MCTN or BHSH
SCI4407 Complementary Studies A#1111
SCI4408 Complementary Studies B #1212

Footnotes
*Students must consult the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences on the selection of an appropriate project, and a suitable specialist topic for SCI4403 Special Study in Science.
^Two-unit course.
#The online (ONL) offering (depending on the students' negotiated topic, studies and assessment) may have attendance requirements.

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Psychology major

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

A part-time enrolment pattern is available. Students wanting to study part-time should contact us for this enrolment pattern.

The Psychology major may be studied externally, however compulsory attendance at four mandatory residential schools usually of one week's duration each will be required on-campus in Toowoomba or Ipswich during each year of the program. The location of the residential school will be determined at the beginning of the semester. The number of days required at each residential school may depend on the chosen sequence of study and choice of thesis topic. There are six compulsory courses (worth eight units). The compulsory courses are as follows.


Major Study: Psychology
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
PSY4101 Psychology Honours Project A*+1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH in Psychology major (12302) or BPSH. BPSH students, completion of the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.
PSY4111 Advanced Research Approaches1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research). BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.
PSY4020 Ethical and Professional Practice^1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research). BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.
PSY4030 Skills and Issues in Counselling^2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research). BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.
PSY4102 Psychology Honours Project B*+2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH in Psychology major (12302) or BPSH. BPSH students, completion of the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.
PSY4070 Advanced Assessment^2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research). BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.

Footnotes
*If you start the Honours project in semester 1 (by enrolling in PSY4101), you must complete it by the end of semester 2 in the same year (by enrolling in PSY4102). The length of the project is normally two semesters and this is only extended with the written permission of the examiner for the thesis project courses.
+ Two unit course.
^Part-time students are advised that they should enrol in the following compulsory courses (PSY4020, PSY4030 and PSY4070 ) in the first year of enrolment.