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

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. The Honours year can be taken as part of an embedded Honours degree or as a stand-alone degree.

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. For more detail please see the Handbook.

Application Guidelines

Applications open on 1 August and close on 15 November.

Before applying, prospective Honours students should:

  1. Read the “Detailed Honours Information” document on the right-hand side of the page (updated around March or April each year).
  2. Review the “Supervisors and Research Areas” document, on the right. This document lists academics within the School who will be available for Honours supervision. Ensure that you are viewing the document relevant to the year of application, and note that the document may be edited after its initial publication.
  3. Read the School's step-by-step guide to applying, noting that the application process differs slightly for students enrolled in different programs.
  4. Check out the Honours Frequently Asked Questions.
  5. Submit your application according to the Faculty’s instructions.

When does the Honours year start?

The Honours year begins in late January with a mandatory Orientation Meeting for all Honours students. Details of the meeting will be supplied to successful applicants when they are advised of their application outcome. The meeting is usually held in the final week of January.


For answers to questions about the application process, eligibility, administrative issues, or anything else relating to the Honours year, please contact the School.

Information current at: April 2021

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