Students should ensure they review the Course Structure information provided on the Course Details page for their Bachelor’s Degree. It is essential that students complete any Foundation units identified in that information at the earliest available opportunity in their studies. For those degrees which do not identify any Foundation Units, the necessary fundamental knowledge is incorporated within each degree specific major in your course. Where Foundation units are identified, they are essential and are chosen to provide fundamental knowledge which will assist you throughout the remainder of your studies. In some cases these foundation units are also essential prerequisites to enable you to undertake required units within your chosen majors, so these units should always be completed as early as possible in your course.
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The Honours specialisation includes coursework relevant to applied statistics, history and systems of psychology, and introductory clinical psychology. Additionally, this Honours specialisation includes a substantial research component, including a focus on research communication skills, which continues the research preparation from the earlier undergraduate years and prepares students for entry into the PhD and accredited master's degrees with a research component. Honours in Psychology has been awarded Accreditation without conditions by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fourth year of psychology.
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Current / 2023
- Administered by
- School of Psychological Science
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Jason Bell
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- 48 points comprising 24 points of coursework and 24 points of research. Students normally take eight units each year, four in each semester.
- Available to international students
- Attendance type
- Full- or part-time
- Delivery mode
- Standard full-time completion
- 1 years
- Standard part-time completion
- 2 years
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
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1. These rules are the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Honours) Course Rules.
2. The Glossary provides an explanation of the terms used in these rules.
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
3.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials module
4.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in an undergraduate degree course of the University for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module), Communication and Research Skills (the CARS module) and Indigenous Studies Essentials (the ISE module) in the teaching period in which they are first enrolled.
(2) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.
(3) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module, the CARS module or the ISE module is not required to repeat the relevant module.
English Language competency requirements
5. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.
6.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have a Bachelors Degree with relevant undergraduate major, or equivalent as recognised by UWA. Selection based on WAM potentially calculated on Level 3 units only will apply.
(2) (a) Completed an accredited undergraduate major in psychology at UWA, or an equivalent accredited psychology sequence and (b) achieved a selection Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65 per cent.
(3) The selection WAM calculation is published on the University website in advance of each application period.
(4) Admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants under (3) for the intake quota for that year.
(5) Entry via an Indigenous pathway: Indigenous applicants who score at or above 70 per cent in the Level 3 psychology units will be granted entry to the program and are exempt from (4).
Admission ranking and selection
7. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.
8. Course transfers are not permitted in this course.
9.(1) The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) consists of 48 credit points, including:
(a) at least 24 credit points (normally 4 units) at Level 4 and/or Level 5; and
(b) at least 24 credit points (normally 4 units) of Dissertation or equivalent units at Level 4 and/or Level 5; and
(c) at least 12 credit points (normally 2 units) of the 48 credit points are undertaken at Level 4.
(2) Students must select an honours specialisation from the following:
Course transfers are not permitted in this course.
10.(1) To make satisfactory progress a student must pass all units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.
(2) For the dissertation component of the honours degree course the relevant board determines whether satisfactory progress has been made having regard to the report of the student's supervisor.
(3) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) in one or more of the ACE module, the CARS module or the ISE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress.
11.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.
(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances
(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 10(1) or (2) is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded';
(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 10(3) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' for failure to make satisfactory progress under Rule 10(1) or (2).
12. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).
Applicants are not normally permitted to defer admission to this course and are expected to commence their course in the offered intake only. Applicants seeking admission to an alternative intake must submit a new application for that intake.
Final honours classification
13. The final honours classification is awarded in accordance with the University Policy on: Assessment.