School of Psychology - Future Students - 4th Year - Application Information

Fourth Year Application Information

The honours program only begins once a year in February. No mid-year entry is possible.

Students should note that successful psychology honours applicants will be required to select a supervisor or project early in the year (last week of January/first week of February). You should monitor your email throughout this period as we are not able to accommodate late preferences.

UQ Bachelor of Psychological Science(Hons) Students

BPsySc/BPsySc(Hons) students who have completed years 1 to 3 of the program are automatically eligible for the fourth year.

For the BPsySc(Hons), students with a GPA less than 5.5 over all year 1-3 courses (including academic credit and electives) will undertake the Professional stream honours. To undertake Research stream honours students need a minimum GPA of 5.5 however the GPA cut-off may vary from year to year dependant on the number of individual thesis supervisors. More information about the streams is available here.

Students who do not complete the third-year program at the end of a calendar year (including summer semester and deferred/supplementary examinations, if required) are not permitted to enrol in the fourth year.

Students enrolled in the fourth year are required to attend an orientation session scheduled in Orientation Week. Students will be advised of the date, time and location of this session. Attendance at this orientation session is compulsory.

UQ Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Students

Applications are invited from students who have:

  • Completed all program requirements for their BA or BSc (#48) by the end of Semester 2 in the year preceding Honours, so that selection into Honours may be done in a timely fashion.
  • Completed the undergraduate sequence in psychology approved by the Australian Psychological Society.
  • Have maintained a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 for the Year 2 and Year 3 courses of the APS approved undergraduate sequence in psychology required for honours entry. In most years, a higher GPA will be required for honours entry because there is an entry quota.
  • Honours is a post-bachelor's qualification and therefore you must have completed a BA or BSc before you can be accepted.
  • Students who have completed courses in Semester 2 but have Deferred or Supplementary examinations to finalise their results will be considered.
  • Students may not use the Summer Semester immediately prior to the first Honours semester to complete their degrees except: a student who has completed #46, whose GPA is 6.0 or higher in advanced Psychology courses, and who is enrolling in a final #2 over summer to complete the BA or BSc, may be given provisional entry on condition that they do successfully complete that course and maintain an acceptable GPA.

Applications for 2018 are via the UQ on-line application portal and applications for 2018 entry close on the 31st of October 2017.

Students from Other Institutions

There is provision for applications for admission to postgraduate honours programs, the BA(Hons) and BSc(Hons). This does not include the Bachelor of Psychological Science (BPsySc/BPsySc(Hons)) on-course honours programs. Entry into the BA(Hons) or BSc(Hons) applies to students from other institutions who:

  • Satisfy The University of Queensland requirements for admission to an Honours degree (i.e. completion of a Bachelor degree).
  • Have completed an undergraduate progression sequence in psychology approved by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for entry to an accredited fourth-year Honours program at their home institution.
  • Can demonstrate that they are competitive in Psychology in relation to UQ applicants.

Order of merit for the allocation of places in the postgraduate honours program will be determined on a cumulative GPA for all courses. The GPA cut-off for non-UQ applicants can vary from year to year depending on available places, however it is usually highly competitive due to the high volume of applications we receive.

Applications for 2018 are via the UQ on-line application portal and applications for 2018 entry close on the 31st of October 2017.

International Applicants

The application due date for international students for entry into the honours program in 2018 is also the 31st of October 2017.

New international students are required to apply through UQ International. Please refer to UQ International for specific information and application procedures:

Please note that the allocation of places in the postgraduate honours programs, the BA(Hons) and BSc(Hons) will be determined on a cumulative GPA for all courses.

Offer of Places in the Postgraduate Honours Program

Applicants will be notified of the outcomes of their applications in writing.

The School of Psychology processes applications for the BA(Hons) in Psychology and BSc(Hons) in Psychology by approval of the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science, respectively.

There is a quota for admission to the Postgraduate Honours Program.

To enrol, successful applicants must comply with the usual university procedures and requirements. Further information on enrolment due dates is available from myUQ.

Selecting a Supervisor

The supervisory selection process differs depending on whether students are offered a place in the Research stream or Professional stream.

For Research stream students, once you have been offered a place (December 2017) you will need to select a supervisor in early 2018 by reading about the areas of supervision on our supervisor listing. This listing becomes available late in the year prior to commencing honours. If you’re in the Research stream you’ll have an opportunity to attend a ‘meet and greet’ session with academics in early 2018 and to nominate your preferred supervisors using the Online Psychology Research Project Preference Form. Details of potential supervisors and the ‘meet and greet’ session will be communicated to commencing Research stream students in early 2018. Students will be able to nominate supervisor preferences, however the final allocation depends on demand and supervisor availability.

For Professional stream students, once you have been offered a place (December 2017), the tutors in this course, working in conjunction with the course coordinator, will develop a small number of projects in their area of expertise. Further information about the supervising tutors and projects will be provided in early 2018. Students will then have an opportunity to list project preferences. Final group allocation depends on demand and group sizes.

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