Psychology allows you to scientifically study the many aspects of human behaviour. It is a diverse discipline which is concerned with the way we behave in groups as well as individual behaviour patterns; it is concerned with the way we act as well as the way we think, and it looks at our interaction with the physical world as well as our interaction with others.

You can explore various sub-disciplines in psychology, such as personality theory, neuroscience, social psychology, applied psychology, abnormal psychology, cognitive processes, human development, learning and motivation, perception and mental abilities, and more.

The honours year

The psychology honours course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and will enable you to apply for postgraduate study and conditional registration with the NSW Psychologists Registration Board. You will be qualified to apply for full registration after supervision requirements have been met following the course.

The honours year in psychology is a year in which you will, for the first time, take intellectual leadership of a major research undertaking. You will develop an independent research project in a specialised area of psychology, and work under the supervision of an academic staff member to investigate your selected topic.

There is the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research across a variety of fields, including clinical, cognition, developmental, health, learning, method, neuroscience, perception, personality & intelligence, and social psychology.

There is currently a quota of about 90 places in the psychology honours year. Entry is competitive and based on academic merit.

Workload and assessment

The psychology honours course is one year full time (part time candidature may be permitted under special circumstances). In the honours year, you will complete an empirical project worth 50%; two special fields options each worth 15% cent or a theoretical thesis worth 30%; and study in psychological research methods worth 15% and ethics and related issues worth 5%.

Honours projects

Students are given information about broad research areas in psychology and relevant supervisors for each research area. More information is available here:

You're encouraged to contact staff to discuss topic areas in more detail. You will then be given the opportunity to indicate your preferences for research areas as the School allocates supervisors.

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