• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
    Second Semester 2017
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The normal requirement for admission to the honours program is completion of courses to the value of 144 units, including a minimum of 72 units in psychology as follows:

PSYC1001A or PSYC1003
PSYC1001B or PSYC1004
PSYC2009 (or equivalent)
PSYC3026 or PSYC2004
Plus at least three other Group C psychology courses

These restrictions are imposed to ensure that all fourth year students have been exposed to a suitably wide range of areas of psychology in line with the requirements for accreditation of the courses by the Australian Psychological Society. 

Study in a later-year course in a cognate area might sometimes be substituted for a later-year course in psychology. All applications for substitution of such cognate courses must be approved by the Director of the Research School of Psychology prior to application for admission to the honours program. The minimum requirements for admission to the honours program in the College are set out in the College's introductory section in this Handbook. However, the Research School of Psychology has the additional expectation that applicants for admission to the honours program have at least an average grade of Credit across all psychology courses undertaken, as well as in any courses which might be substituted for psychology courses. It should be noted that, as a general rule, full-time enrolment in honours is preferred. Intending BA honours students should read 'The degree with honours' sub-section of the preamble to the description of Arts Departments. Requirements for the BA degree with honours in psychology are similar to those outlined above for intending BSc honours students, but the requirement for a minimum number of units in psychology is more stringent. Substitution of cognate courses requires formal approval by both the Director of the Research School of Psychology and the College of Arts and Social Sciences and will only occur in exceptional circumstances.

The student aiming at a career in psychology should be aware that eligibility for associate membership or full membership of the Australian Psychological Society may be required for some types of employment. The Society insists that candidates for associate membership have taken at least four years of university training, of which half must be devoted to psychology. Full membership requires two further years of training in psychology.

During fourth year, honours candidates work solely in the area of psychology. The work comprises coursework and research. Each of these contributes 50% to the overall program grade.


Honours students complete three courses comprising two compulsory courses on research methods and evidence based assessment and evaluation and one elective.  Students are able to choose from three electives covering 1) abnormal and developmental psychology, 2) cognition and the biological basis of behaviour, 3) social psychology.

Research Work:

Research thesis (maximum 12,000 words). The thesis reports an empirical investigation of a topic in psychology. The student is responsible for the design and execution of all phases of the project however he/she works with the support of a supervisor. The report is submitted in a publishable form that follows APA style guidelines.

Other Information

Completion of an accredited three year sequence in psychology courses, or an accredited one year pre-honours course.The Research School of Psychology considers applications for Honours by all qualified students on the basis of the merit of their performance in undergraduate psychology units. It does not offer preferential treatment to students enrolled in particular degree programs.

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2 - 3 hour seminars

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Psychology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 to 24 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $570 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $813 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4578 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9623 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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