School of Psychological Science

Honours

Further information

Thinking of applying for Honours in 2017?

UWA Honours - How to Apply

Listen to our Honours Information Session online.

Honours Conference

Tuesday 26th September 2017



Honours Course Structure

There are 4 compulsory taught units in Honours (worth 6 points each) in addition to the research project (worth 24 points in total). These are outlined below.



Honours is a final, usually fourth, year of study. You continue to focus on your major subjects while developing research, time management, problem solving, communication and other useful skills.

The Honours program in Psychology aims to develop your skills in:

  • Addressing advanced conceptual issues in psychology and integrating a broad range of research findings within central theoretical concepts
  • Gaining a deep understanding of current research within several areas of the discipline
  • Planning, implementing, and interpreting the findings of a major piece of empirical research
  • Giving brief oral presentations of research findings in a manner that is understandable to people not working in the same research area

Points to consider before you apply:

  • Deferral - apply only for the year you want to start. That is, do not apply now and then defer.
  • Taking time off - you should have completed your level 3 Psychology units within the four years prior to applying for Honours, so most students can take several years off.
  • Start mid-year - you can start mid-year, but it takes 3 semesters to complete so you must be able to enrol part-time. Mid-year places are not offered to students who have not met the cut-off score that was set for Semester 1 entry of that year.
  • Part-time study - is available but you must complete the course in 2 years.

Entry requirements and prerequisites

Successful completion of a Bachelor's degree with an accredited sequence of psychology study (eg. Double major or two majors in psychology).

To be eligible to apply for the Honours program you must achieve an average score of 65% in eight Level 3 psychology units (48 points), or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty. Your mark is calculated on the basis of the four Level 3 core psychology units (PSYC3301, PSYC3302, PSYC3303 and PSYC3310) plus the four Level 3 psychology option units. Students are then ranked according to their average score and offered places from the top of the list (rank 1) until the School has filled its available places (rank n). This means that the cut-off is usually above an average score of 70% across eight level 3 psychology units. The total number of places available (n) will vary according to the number of staff available to supervise. Even if you think your marks are marginal, or just below the criteria, it's worth applying.

If you have completed the Graduate Diploma in Psychology at UWA you are eligible to apply for entry into the Honours program.

Non-UWA Applicants

Applicants who hold a three-year Psychology degree (including a Graduate Diploma in Psychology) from another University are welcome to apply.  Your degree must be APAC-accredited, and you must have a double major in Psychology (a full-time year's worth of level 3 psychology units in any other credit point system).  Your grades will be assessed on a case-by-case basis if they are not provided on the same scale as UWA grades.

Please note, if you do not meet the "full-time year's worth of Level 3 psychology units" requirement, there are options for you to complete the additional units in order to be eligible to apply for our Honours program.  Please contact us directly at admin-psy@uwa.edu.au should you require further information.

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How to apply

Applications are open now and close on November 30th, 2017.

To apply for Honours (Bachelor of Arts BH001 or Bachelor of Science BH004) follow the steps given below:

Ensure that you meet the entry requirements.

  1. Attend the UWA School of Psychological Honours conference to find out more about our Honours program.  It's free and you don't need to book in - just turn up.  Announcements will be made via email to current 3rd year UWA students and a timetable of talks will be made available on our website in the lead-up to the conference. You can listen to the lunchtime talk on Honours requirements that was held during the conference. All applicants must complete the application form and the online supervisor preference form.

  2. Please refer to the UWA Important Dates page for deadlines for both Australian and International students. Current students and graduates from UWA are to apply on Student Connect. Non-UWA applicants should apply via the UWA Lodging Your Application page. You must take up Psychological Science Honours within the course with the same name as your bachelor's degree. For example, if you studied Psychology under the Bachelor of Arts, you must apply for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

  3. Check out the list of academic staff and research interests to find out about available projects and how to contact those who you think might be potential supervisors.  Be sure to consider academics whose research interests overlap with your own; but also be sure not to define your research interests too narrowly.  If you are applying from overseas or interstate, you may have to correspond with academics by electronic communication only.  Simply e-mail academics with your queries and interests.

  4. Apply to be allocated a supervisor by visiting the online supervisor preference form (see below for more information) 

  5. Please ensure you submit your application by the due date as specified on the UWA Lodging Your Application page. Please note that Psychological Science end-of-year applications have an earlier closing date than other specialisations.

Choosing a supervisor

Please note if you are applying for mid-year entry you are not required to select a supervisor at the time of submitting your application.

As part of your Honours application you will be asked to express your preferences for supervision by visiting our online supervisor preference form

The form will ask you to express your preferences regarding supervision by each academic in the School. The procedure will involve two stages. While you must still rank all the available supervisors, if you approach a supervisor and agree on a project that you will undertake with that supervisor, then the academic staff member can let the Honours coordinator know and, pending your successful application for entry to Honours, you will be allocated to that staff member. Clearly you should not expect staff members to commit one of their available supervision slots if you are unlikely to meet the entry requirements to Honours.

If you do not secure an agreement from a supervisor then you will be assigned to a supervisor on the basis of your preferences, weighted by your academic record where there are ties. This means that the better you perform, the more likely it is that you will be assigned the supervisor whom you most prefer. Note that competition for supervisors can be intense (depending on their research interests and capacity to take on students).

If you get admitted into Honours, the School will inform you about who your supervisor is. Please note that this assignment will be final, and that no further changes of supervisor will occur once you have been assigned to an academic.

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