Honours (fourth year) in Psychology

Honours (fourth year) in Psychology

Q. Can I do honours in Psychology without having completed a Psychology degree.

A. No. To be eligible to apply for an honours year you would have to have completed a three year program (or its equivalent) in Psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Society. At Flinders this would be BBehavSc(Psych), BPsychSc or BPsych(Hons) or Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Qualifications from other Universities are also recognised if they are accredited by the APS.

Q. Can I get into honours at the end of the three year BBehavSc(Psych) degree or after completing the Graduate Diploma?

A. Yes. You would be competing against students who had completed any Flinders Psychology three year degree (or from other Uni's), or a Flinders Graduate Diploma in Psych.

Q. What GPA do I need to get into Honours at the end of third year?

A. It varies depending on how many places are available above those reserved for students in the fourth year of the BPsych(Hons), the number of applicants, and their GPAs. The minimum GPA is likely to be mid to high credit average (i.e. a good mixture of distinctions and credits), however we will not admit someone with a GPA less than 5.25 (equivalent to 25% distinctions and 75% credits).

Q. How is the honours entry GPA calculated?

A. It is based on performance in all second and third year Psychology topics. In the event that students have equal Psychology GPAs, more weight is placed on third year topics. In the calculation of GPA, high distinction = 7, distinction = 6, credit = 5, pass = 4. 

Q. Do I apply for Psychology honours in Behavioural Science Psychological Science or BA through SATAC?

A. No, application is made directly to the School of Psychology and forms are available from the School of Psychology website in September. The deadline for applications is in November.

Q. Can I do extra topics to increase my GPA to get into honours?

A. Yes, however, this is really only helpful for students who already have a good GPA and who have just missed out on a place. Also, doing only one or two extra topics will only increase your GPA slightly. If you do more topics than are required to complete your degree, they would be classified as non-award and are likely to require up-front payment of fees.

Q. Can I repeat topics I have already attempted to get a better grade to improve my GPA?

A. Yes, however, they don't replace the grade for the first attempt. Your GPA is calculated on all topics attempted (successfully or not) not just your best attempt, and the Honours Selection Committee is more impressed by good first-time results than by repeated attempts in a topic. You are better off doing topics you have not already attempted, to increase your knowledge base.

Q. Can I do honours part-time?

A. Yes, but only as half-time over two years and the thesis (18 units) must be completed in one calendar year.

Q. Is there a mid-year intake for honours?

A. No. For equity reasons and due to the limited places available based on staff resources, there is only one intake at the beginning of each year.

Q. What if I miss out on a place in the honours year at Flinders?

A. You can apply more than once, but there is no guarantee that the GPA cut-off will be lower the next year. There have been Flinders students who we have been unable to admit due to our quota, who have obtained places in honours at the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, and interstate. It is a good idea to apply to a number of places, not just the main Uni you want to study at. All programs accredited by APAC are recognised pathways to becoming a registered psychologist or continuing in postgraduate study.

Q. If I get into honours after finishing the BBehavSc(Psych), BPsychSc or BA, do I have to go back and do the third year topics Interviewing and Counselling, and Ethics and Professional Practice in Psychology?

A. No, you would just go straight into the normal honours year which is the same topics regardless of which degree or diploma you used to get there.