Honours in Psychology

Honours in Psychology has been awarded Conditional Accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a for a fourth year of psychology, and includes a substantial research component. This Honours specialisation continues the research preparation for students from the earlier undergraduate years and prepares students for entry into the PhD and accredited master's degrees that have a research component.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) demonstrate critical evaluation of current psychological research; (2) formulate a testable hypothesis in an area of psychology; (3) design an experimental evaluation of that hypothesis using appropriate psychological methods; (4) collect original research data; (5) analyse complex data sets by using a variety of advanced statistical techniques; (6) communicate research findings orally and in writing; (7) write and compile a scientific dissertation in a format appropriate for the discipline; (8) demonstrate evaluation of a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches to some of the major issues relating to modern psychology and apply these approaches within the broad context of modern psychology; (9) present their research in an informative and interesting way to a range of audiences; and (10) demonstrate an understanding of some basic skills in applying a science-informed approach to integrating assessment and intervention information.

Entry requirements: (1) (a) Completed a double major in Psychology, or both the Psychological Science and Psychology in Society majors, or equivalent and (b) achieved the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 psychology units.
(2) Admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants under (1) (b) for the intake quota for that year.
(3) Students in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) are exempt from (2).

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year (mid-year intake for part-time study only)

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2
Take all units (48 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S2PSYC4410Psychological Research Communication Skills
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Psychology honours
Co-requisites:
PSYC4422 Psychology Honours Research Project Part 2
S2PSYC4413Psychological Research and Practice
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Psychology honours
S1PSYC4416Psychological Research and Theory
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Psychology honours
S1PSYC4418Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Psychology Honours
or
Master of Business Psychology
S1PSYC4421Psychology Honours Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Psychology honours
Co-requisites:
[PSYC4700 BA Hons (Psychology)
or
SCIE4700 BSc Hons]
S1, S2PSYC4422Psychology Honours Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Psychology Honours
and
PSYC4421 Psychology Honours Research Project Part 1
Co-requisites:
(PSYC4700 BA Hons (Psychology)
or
SCIE4700 BSc Hons)
and
PSYC4410 Psychological Research Communication Skills