The information on this page is intended for internal applicants.  An internal applicant is a one who completes an APAC-accredited undergraduate (or bridging) sequence in psychology, at UNSW, in the year immediately prior to commencing Honours.

If you have not studied at UNSW OR if you graduated from UNSW over a year ago, you are considered an external applicant and should instead refer to the Honours year information here.


The School of Psychology offers a one-year APAC-accredited full-time Honours year in psychology, available for commencement in Term 1 only.  The program cannot be taken part-time or by distance, and mid-year entry is not available.

Students will conduct a year-long major independent research project (completed under the guidance of an academic supervisor), and write a thesis based on the project.  In addition, students complete advanced-level core and elective coursework in both Term 1 and Term 2.

Please review the “Detailed Honours Information” document, accessible from the menu on the right-hand side of the page.  This document is updated around March or April each year.

Application Guidelines

Applications open on 1 August and close on 15 November.

Prospective Honours students should:

  1. Review the “Supervisors and Research Areas” document, on the right, once it becomes available. This document lists academics within the School who will be available for Honours supervision. Note that the document may change after its initial publication (check the date at the bottom left).
  2. Read the step-by-step guide to submitting an application, noting that the application process differs slightly for students enrolled in different programs.
  3. Check out the Honours Frequently Asked Questions.

When does the Honours year start?

The Honours year begins in late January with a mandatory Orientation Meeting for all  Honours students.  Those who may be travelling during the Summer break should plan accordingly and be back in Sydney in order to attend the meeting.  The 2021 meeting will be held at 11am on Thursday, 28 January.


For answers to questions about the application process, eligibility, administrative issues, or anything else relating to the Honours year, please contact the School directly via the Ask a Question webform or call +61 2 9065 9982.

Information current at: November 2020

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