Psychology Fourth Year Program

Honours in psychology is studied as a separate fourth year in the Bachelor of Psychology with Honours. It is also possible to enrol in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science, or Bachelor of Science. The program is the same regardless of the course in which you are enrolled.

The Bachelor of Psychology with Honours degree is an integrated four-year degree where students who meet the progression requirements are guaranteed entry into the fourth year. From 2020 onwards, students can also apply to study just the fourth year of this degree as their honours year, giving them a named Psychology honours degree. To do this, you should apply for Rule (b) entry to the Bachelor of Psychology with Honours.

Honours in Psychology provides the opportunity to undertake advanced training in the conduct and evaluation of scientific research, and advanced study in preparation for further professional training in psychology. The program can be completed full-time (over one year) or part-time (over two years) as an on-campus or off‐campus student.

Entry Requirements

Students already enrolled in the four-year Bachelor of Psychology with Honours degree at UNE will automatically progress into the Honours program, provided they have met the progression requirements of that degree.

Please note: Students already enrolled in our Bachelor of Psychology with Honours do not need to apply for Honours entry.

All other applicants who have completed a three year accredited sequence in psychology must apply for entry to the Honours program. These students include:

  1. those who have completed the UNE Graduate Diploma in Psychology;
  2. those who have completed the UNE Bachelor of Psychological Science or other APAC accredited degree at UNE, and
  3. those who have completed a 3 year APAC accredited sequence elsewhere.

In these cases, Honours in Psychology is studied as a separate Fourth Year in the Bachelor of Psychology with Honours [BPsych(Hons)] Rule (b) entry,  Bachelor of Arts [BA(Hons)], Bachelor of Social Science [BSocSc(Hons)], or Bachelor of Science [BSc(Hons)]. Please note: You should nominate the [BPsych(Hons)] Rule (b) entry or BA (Hons) course unless you have completed a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Social Science undergraduate degree.

Entry into Honours by application is based solely on academic merit, based on Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated according to the following formula:

  • PSYC200 Social Psychology
  • PSYC202 Research Methods and Statistics
  • PSYC213 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC206 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC371/471 Psychological Testing
  • PSYC372/472 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics
  • PSYC366/466 Biopsychology
  • One additional 300 level Psychology coded elective of your choice.

Students who are applying from outside UNE should compute their GPAs based on 200 and 300 level Psychology units completed at their institution that match most closely with the UNE core units listed above.

To compute your Psychology GPA, convert your grades to a numerical scale for the seven core units and one 300 level Psychology coded elective of your choice (i.e., 8 units in total) using the following conversion table. Sum the grade points and divide by 8.


Grade Point









Note: If you have sat a unit twice, use only the most recent result for the unit. When applications are processed students will be ranked on the basis of their GPAs and the top applicants will be offered a place in the program (assuming all other previously stated entry requirements have been satisfied).

Note: You must have completed all of your 3 year APAC accredited sequence in Psychology before applying. If you are studying these units after the application closing date, you are eligible to apply only with permission from UNE's Head of School of Psychology.

The School has limited places in the Honours program and entry is highly competitive.  Applicants are ranked on their GPA for the eight 200 and 300 level psychology units listed above and offers are made in the order of rank from the highest-ranking applicant.  While the cut-off varies from year to year, for 2020 admissions the cut-off GPA was 6.625.  This represents an achievement of 5 HDs, and 4 Ds, or 6 HDs, 1 D and 1 C. For further information about the required GPA, please refer to individual course admission rules. There are more part-time places than full-time places, and it is possible that a part-time place will be offered even if you applied for a full-time place.

Some places are reserved for students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. These students' applications are assessed separately and a different GPA cut-off is applied. Applications from students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged.

Course Structure

The Honours program consists of 48-credit points consisting of the following units: PSYC421, PSYC422, PSYC423, PSYC424 and PSYC402H/403H.

Full-time students study all units concurrently in one year, whereas part-time students undertake PSYC421, PSYC422, PSYC423, and PSYC424 in the first year and PSYC402H or PSYC403H in the second year.

For part-time students, enrolment in PSYC402H/403H is dependent on successful completion of all components in the first year.

The course work consists of the following:

  1. PSYC421: Professional Practice 1 - Provides students with knowledge about the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the construction, implementation and interpretation of the most widely used psychological tests and assessment approaches.
  2. PSYC422: Advanced Research Skills – Provides students with an advanced understanding of research design and research ethics, together with practical skills in advanced data analysis.
  3. PSYC423: Professional Practice 2 – Provides students with the opportunity to develop basic skills related to psychological interviewing and knowledge of the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of evidence-based approaches to psychological interventions. The unit also provides students with knowledge about professional standards and ethics.
  4. PSYC424: Elective Reading Course – Students choose one topic from a range of applied or theoretical topics to develop an advanced understanding of a specific area within psychology. A list of elective reading units is provided later in this document.

All components require participation in seminars and activities at two mandatory Intensive Schools. Students who fail to attend or are unable to attend the mandatory Intensive Schools will be unable to complete the program, and will be withdrawn from the program.

The Intensive School dates can be found on the Courses and Units Catalogue.

PSYC402H/403H comprises the second half of the 4th  Year Honours program in psychology and contains two components:

  1. Literature Review.  Students work with a research supervisor to complete a literature review and project proposal related to their research thesis topic.
  2. Research Project - Thesis. Requires students to pursue an independent research project in psychology under the supervision of an academic staff member. Students build their knowledge and understanding of the discipline through advanced empirical research and by communicating their findings in a professional, scientific format. Group data collection may be permitted when appropriate.

Students admitted to the Honours in Psychology will be advised of the process for arranging research supervision.

Please note that each academic staff member will be able to supervise only a small number of Honours students each year so it is possible that you will not be able to work with your preferred supervisor.

PSYC402H/403H students are required to attend an Intensive School to present their research proposals.  As noted earlier, students who fail to attend or are unable to attend the mandatory Intensive Schools will be unable to complete the program, and will be withdrawn from the program.

PSYC402H and PSYC403H are equivalent in academic terms. Students who wish to conduct research projects involving biopsychology and/or neuroscience should enrol in PSYC403H. PSYC403H enrolments attract additional government funding that helps offset the added expense associated with conducting research in these areas.

Structure of Honours Program

UnitComponents Contribution to Honours


1.Professional Practice 1



2.Advanced Research Skills



3. Professional Practice 2



4. Elective Reading Unit



1. Literature Review


2. Research Project


Note: Students must achieve at least a pass grade in all components of the Fourth Year program to successfully complete the degree.

Additional Information for Fourth Year

There is no essential difference between online and on-campus study of Fourth Year Psychology. Students in both modes are required to attend the Intensive Schools, and there are no other lectures, seminars, or activities associated with on-campus study.

The main advantage of on-campus study is that it allows easy access to academic staff and UNE facilities such as laboratories (EEG, Biopsychology, and Eye-tracking facilities), the library, and computing facilities.

Can I study part-time or full-time?

Completing the Fourth Year program requires a substantial investment of time and effort.

Off-campus (external) enrolment in Honours is normally part-time. Individual permission from the Fourth Year Coordinator is required before an external full-time enrolment is possible. The Coordinator needs to be assured that a student's individual circumstances will allow for genuine full-time study.

Due to limitations related to student supervision capabilities, UNE reserves the right to limit the number of full-time Fourth Year places available in any given year.

How do I apply?

For further information on the application process, please refer to the Honours Psychology Application page.

Contact details

If you require further information about the application process, please contact The Future Student Team.