Honours specialisation

Psychology

Overview

  • Three year accredited undergraduate psychology sequence in a bachelors degree (refer to the bachelors degree on this website for an example)
  • Also open to graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (340AA) at the Melbourne School of Psychological Science

Selection advice for entry into the psychology Honours program

The minimum requirement to be eligible for selection to the Psychology honours program is completion of all the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedicine, with an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited major in Psychology with a weighted average of at least 70% in the second and third-year Psychology subjects, or equivalent. In computing the weighted average, the average of the third year Psychology subjects is assigned twice the weight of the average of the second year Psychology subjects.

Selection advice for entry into the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced)

The minimum requirement to be eligible for selection to the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) is completion of an undergraduate degree and an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited major in Psychology with a weighted average of at least 70% in the second and third-year subjects within the psychology major, or equivalent. In computing the weighted average, the average of the third year Psychology subjects is assigned twice the weight of the average of the second year Psychology subjects.

General advice for fourth year selection (Graduate Diploma (Advanced) and Honours)

Meeting the minimum requirements outlined above does not guarantee selection; they reflect the minimum standard for eligibility only. Entry is highly competitive and both the total available places in our fourth year programs and the cut-off mark will vary each year depending on the availability of supervisors and resources in suitable project areas. Approximately 100 fourth year program places are available each year. We recommend that prospective students look at the research profiles of our academics to gauge the full breadth of research areas within which a project could be undertaken. Academics may also have listed on their profiles areas they are interested in supervising.

To calculate your fourth year Psychology entry score you will need two values:

  • a = your average score for Level 2 (second year) psychology subjects
  • b = your average score for Level 3 (third year) psychology subjects

The formula for calculating your entry score is (a + 2b)/3

So if your Level 2 average is 70 and your Level 3 average is 80, your formula score would be (70 + 160)/3 = 76.67.

The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Student Application and Selection Procedure.

Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Entry score adjustments for 2020 results:

For applicants with results from the University of Melbourne for subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, the following will apply:

  • A Psychology Benchmark will be established based on all psychology subjects completed any time other than Semester 1, Winter Term and Semester 2, 2020.
  • Subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, for which results are lower than the Psychology Benchmark will be excluded from the entry score calculation.

The above changes do not apply to yearlong subjects undertaken in 2020; such results will be included in the entry score calculation.

In the case that applying this rule results in no eligible Level 2 or Level 3 marks for inclusion, then the Psychology Benchmark will be used as the entry score.

For external applicants, the benchmark will not apply and we will use numerical scores for all available level 2 and level 3 psychology subjects in the selection formula.

Pass/fail grades will be excluded from the selection formula.

In the case that excluding pass/fail subjects from the selection formula leaves either the Level 2 or Level 3 terms in the formula empty, the entry score will be the non-empty term (i.e., average of eligible Level 2 subjects if no Level 3 marks are eligible for inclusion; average of eligible Level 3 subjects if no Level 2 marks are eligible for inclusion).

Further information on the entry score adjustments.

Selection Timeline

START YEAR INTAKE

Application closing date

Friday 22 October 2021

Last date to submit completed academic transcripts (to be considered in December).

Academic transcripts must be official documents issued by the Institution, including final marks received for every subject.

Friday 26 November 2021

Last date to submit completed academic transcripts (to be considered in January).

Academic transcripts must be official documents issued by the Institution, including final marks received for every subject.

Friday 7 January 2022

Provisional last date to submit APS assessment letter (for external applicants who have studied outside of Australia only)

Friday 26 November 2021

Successful applicants notified

No earlier than late December/Early January

Unsuccessful applicants notified

No earlier than late December/End of January

Orientation

Thursday 24 February 2022 from 10am

First day of classes

Friday 25 February 2022 (all day intensive)

To make your application experience easier, you will need to know the “Course Code”:

Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced): GDA-PSYCH

Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours): BH-ARTS

Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours): BH-SCI

Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours): BH-BMED

Study Period: Start Year Intake (Semester one 2022)

Note that mid-year intake (Semester two 2021) is not available

Graduates with a three-year undergraduate degree (or a degree followed by a Graduate Diploma in Psychology) with an APAC accredited psychology major may be eligible for the:

Required Documents

  • A partial academic transcript, if your course has not been completed by the application closing date
  • Full academic transcripts, including all results, by the end of the selection process
  • Full academic transcripts for advanced standing or credit transfer granted towards your degree including study abroad/exchange/cross institutional studies, if applicable
  • Overseas psychology qualifications: Australian Psychological Society (APS) assessment required
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Scanned copies of partial official transcripts will be accepted via email when carrying out initial scoring and ranking, however, successful applicants are required to provide a scan or digital copy of the original or certified full official transcript, including evidence of degree completion prior to the offer lapse date
  • All academic transcripts must be official and submitted along with a copy of the key grading scheme
  • APAC confirmation letter from non-UoM applicants from Australian institutions

Frequently Asked Questions

I have results in 2020, what adjustments have been made when calculating the entry score?

This depends on your circumstances. More information on the entry score adjustments.

Can I apply for Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM)?

GAM is only available to students applying for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced). GAM applications will be taken into consideration during the selection process. More information regarding Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM).

I completed my degree overseas. Am I eligible to apply?

Applicants (including local and international applicants) who have obtained their qualifications outside of Australia must provide confirmation of completion of an Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three year undergraduate sequence in Psychology. Please note this assessment can take up to six weeks.

This must be uploaded to your online application as soon as possible and no later than Friday 26 November 2021.

I have completed or will complete my bachelor degree or graduate diploma with an APAC accredited psychology major at the University of Melbourne. Do I have to provide evidence of completion/imminent completion of the APAC accredited psychology major as part of my application?

No as this will be checked internally against the requirements as part of the selection process.

I have or will completed my bachelor degree or graduate diploma with an APAC accredited psychology major at a university other than the University of Melbourne. Do I have to provide evidence of completion/imminent completion of the APAC accredited psychology major as part of my application?

You do not need to provide evidence as part of your application but if you are a successful applicant, your course offer will be conditional on provision of a final official transcript and letter from your university confirming you have completed your degree and that you have completed an APAC accredited psychology major.

What do I do if I do not have my final 2021 results by Friday 26 November 2021?

Apply by Friday 22 October 2021 and once your final 2021 results are available, upload your official results transcript to your online application by Friday 26 November 2021 (to be considered in December) or Friday 7 January 2022 (to be considered in January).

Applicants who are completing their studies at the University of Melbourne are not required to submit their final results as these will be obtained internally.

Do I need to make contact with a prospective supervisor as part of the application process and, if my application is successful, when do I need to submit my fourth year research project preferences?

You do not need to make contact with a prospective supervisor as part of the application process. Successful applicants will be advised of the project/supervisor preference process.

Can I defer my offer?

No. You should apply for the year you would like to begin the course. If you decline your offer you are welcome to apply again for the following year but as the pool of applicants changes from year to year there is no guarantee you will be offered a place again.

Can I apply to study part-time?

Course duration is one year full-time or two years part-time. When the course is undertaken in part-time mode, coursework is completed in the first year and the research components are completed in second year.

Please apply for your preferred study mode. Successful applicants who apply for both a full-time and part-time place will only be considered for a full-time place. Applicants who apply for part-time only will not be disadvantaged during selection and, if successful, will receive a part-time offer. Any requests to change to part-time once you have accepted a full-time offer are subject to approval and will only be considered on the basis of extenuating circumstances.

What is the cut-off score?

Entry is highly competitive and both the total available places in our fourth year programs and the cut-off mark will vary each year depending on the availability of supervisors and resources in suitable project areas. Applicants will generally need an entry score over 80 (first class honours) or equivalent in order to be competitive for selection consideration.

Can I repeat subjects to increase my entry score?

If you have successfully passed a subject, you cannot re-enrol into it.

If I repeat a subject I have previously failed, how will my entry score be calculated?

If a student fails a second year or third year subject(s) at the first attempt and then passes that subject(s) on a subsequent attempt, both fail and pass results will be included in the fourth year entry score. This is consistent with the UoM weighted average mark (WAM) convention.

Can I take extra subjects to increase my entry score?

Results obtained for subjects that have not been credited toward a completed award course (e.g. Community Access Program (CAP)) will normally not be considered.

I completed my Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science psychology sequence over five/ten years ago. Am I eligible to apply?

For 2021 entry, you are eligible to apply for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced). The Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours) requires completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree within the last five years. The Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) requires completion of a Bachelor of Science degree within the last ten years.

I have completed two degrees with an APAC accredited psychology major. How will my entry score be calculated?

The fourth year entry score will be calculated on the most recent qualification. However, where an applicant has completed more than one APAC accredited qualification, this will be taken into consideration by the Selection Committee.