• Code PSYC4011
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Anne Aimola Davies
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
    Second Semester 2025
    See Future Offerings

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 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

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  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, including in relation to cross-cultural perspectives, and draw appropriate conclusions.
  3. Demonstrate sufficient mastery to understand and apply relevant experimental techniques and methods in psychology to collect original research data, and to analyse and interpret original psychological research data with statistical or other analytical methods where appropriate.
  4. Describe evidence-based assessment and intervention approaches, including cultural considerations such as when working with Indigenous Australians. 
  5. Communicate and justify complex theoretical concepts and empirical results clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  6. Demonstrate a range of interpersonal skills including active listening, effective questioning, building rapport, appropriate cultural responsiveness and empathic responding.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Theory & Practice in Psychology: Concepts Paper; Final Examination (12) [LO 2,4,5]
  2. Psychological Research Methods & Statistics: Quizzes; Statistics Assignment; Final Examination (13) [LO 3,5]
  3. Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention: Weekly Quizzes; Tutorial Activity Portfolio; Written Report (25) [LO 2,4,5,6]
  4. 8,000 to 10,000 Word Research Thesis (50) [LO 1,2,3,5,6]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester per 6 units of enrolment. Full-time students will enrol in this course for 24 units across two consecutive semesters (total 48 units).

This course is comprised of submodules. The face-to-face/contact hours for each submodule may vary, but are expected to consist of:

  • Theory and Practice in Psychology: In-person 3-hour workshop for 8 weeks of the semester (3 x 8 = 24 hours of face-to-face contact)
  • Psychological Research Methods and Statistics : In-person 2-hour workshop for 10 weeks of the semester (2 x 10 = 20 hours of face-to-face contact); Completion of 12 - online modules (combinations of video lectures and problem sets) that will take a total of 2 to -3 hours each (roughly 60-90 minutes of video content and 60-90 minutes of practice problems)
  • Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention : In-person 3-hour workshop or tutorial each week (with the workshops and tutorials alternating each week across the 12-weeks = 3 x 12 = 36 hours of face-to-face contact)
  • Research Thesis: Weekly meetings with the Honours Supervisor, 2-hour monthly workshop on thesis writing skills

Plus a minimum of 850 hours of self-directed study across the Honours year, which will include preparation for lectures, presentations, the research thesis and other assessment tasks.


All of the PSYC4011 components require additional weekly readings.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

APAC-accredited undergraduate sequence.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 24 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
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
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
2799 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A
2800 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A
3370 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 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
7777 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A
7778 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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