What will I study?
The structure for all four Psychology fourth year courses is the same, and involves the completion of three compulsory subjects (which includes the research project), and two elective subjects.
The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences offers an exciting and rigorous APAC accredited Fourth Year program through providing an equal combination of advanced coursework subjects and research with leading experts in their field:
- Acquire the knowledge, skills, and scholarship necessary for achieving excellence in psychology
- Following intensive teaching by leading researchers in the field, critically analyse your existing knowledge about a research topic before conducting research
- Excellent opportunity to submit work for journal publication providing a head start on a potentially highly productive career in research
My Honours research project investigated the impacts of sleep duration on children's sustained attention performance over their first three years of primary school. I was drawn to this project because of my interest in developmental psychology and wanted to understand how children can be given the best start as they begin school.
My Honours year allowed me to develop my skills as a researcher. The program at Melbourne sees you apprenticed to an experienced researcher as you learn first hand about study design, data collection, analysis, and communicating your findings. It was incredibly valuable for me to work so closely with my supervisor and understand the process of conducting research from start to end.
My thoughts on research changed over the year: I found that I really enjoy the exciting process of investigating and discovering new knowledge. As a result, I decided to continue my journey as a researcher alongside my clinical training. I feel prepared and excited for this work thanks to the key foundations from my Honours year.