• Code PSYC8412
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Conal Monaghan
    • Dr Kristen Murray
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings

In this course you will investigate a substantive research question relevant to the discipline of psychology that is agreed with your project supervisor and approved by the program convener.

You will develop and write up the research individually and will collect data collaboratively and participate in group supervision. You will be required to conceptualise the project within an intellectual framework and to communicate it clearly to others, using standard psychological style and presentation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Plan and execute a substantive research project, drawing on relevant theory and research.
  2. Demonstrate sufficient mastery to investigate the question critically and ethically, using appropriate methods.
  3. Analyse and interpret the findings using statistics or other evaluative processes.
  4. Communicate the research and its findings clearly and appropriately.

Work Integrated Learning


Students may engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a component of the course

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Proposal and Presentation (CRS) (0) [LO 1,4]
  2. Research Project Report (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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PSYC8412 must be taken over two consecutive semesters encompassing a single project. Students will enrol in 6 units in the first semester which will require a commitment of approximately 130 hours over the semester. Students will enrol in 12 units in the second semester which will require a commitment of approximately 260 hours over the semester.

Inherent Requirements

In this course, students work in groups to conduct a psychology research project. Each group will be supervised by an academic who will guide the students through the project and support the students to develop the required knowledge and skills. Learning in this format requires students to:

  • Work professionally with supervisors, colleagues and fellow students, take proactive steps to resolve difficult situations and learn effectively from supervisor feedback.

Students who are unable to meet this requirement will struggle to complete the project successfully and as a result, be unable to complete their degree.

Requisite and Incompatibility

In order to enrol in this course you need to be active in the Master of Professional Psychology and have completed or be concurrently enrolled in PSYC8410.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

undergraduate psychology research skills


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 12 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $780 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $1120 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3475 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8436 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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