• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Psychology, Clinical Psychology
  • Specialisation code PSYC-HSPC

The Psychology Honours specialisation is intended for students who have successfully completed an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited undergraduate sequence in psychology, and are interested in undertaking an independent psychological research. The honours specialisation is usually taken full time for two consecutive semesters and includes research training, in-depth analysis of current concepts in psychology as well as a substantial research project culminating in the production of a thesis. Honours is a solid foundation in the basics of research and can be an entry into many careers both within and outside of psychology, and a pathway to the profession of clinical psychology.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge in psychology.

  2. Systematically evaluate relevant theory, concepts and practice in psychology, relate these to appropriate research and applied methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.

  3. Analyse and interpret original psychological research data with statistical or other evaluative processes where appropriate.

  4. Demonstrate sufficient mastery to understand and apply relevant experimental techniques and methods in psychology to collect original research data, and understand evidence-based assessment and intervention.

  5. Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.

Other Information

It is recommended that students in an ANU BSC or BA complete the Psychology major and specialisation in order to satisfy the APAC accredited sequence of courses and achieve the minimum required learning in Psychology. The minimum required learning is achieved by successful completion of PSYC1003, PSYC1004, PSYC2001, PSYC2002, PSYC2007, PSYC2008, PSYC2009, PSYC3018, PSYC3025, PSYC3026 and an additional 2 x 3000 level PSYC courses.

Applicants from Australian Universities (other than ANU) must provide evidence from their University that their qualification is APAC accredited. Applicants with qualifications obtained outside Australia must have a formal assessment of comparability against the Australian psychology education pathway (called an “assessment of psychology qualifications”) by the Australian Psychological Society.

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Admission Requirements

  1. a weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL) of courses in the discipline cognate to the honours specialisation, excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses), with the highest marks.
  2. a specialisation or a major and minor in psychology or equivalent.
  3. satisfaction of APAC grade requirements on 1000, 2000 and 3000-level psychology courses.

This specialisation has a quota on places due to availability of supervision. 80% of places will be reserved for ANU undergraduate students. Where ranking of applications is required, the weighted average mark of the best ten 2000 and 3000-level psychology courses will be used to determine the selection rank

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This Honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of PSYC4011 Psychology Honours, which must be undertaken more than once, in consecutive semesters.

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