Information on requirements, application and deferral

An honours degree is a one year research program that can boost your career opportunities. Explore the current honours program available for students studying Psychology at Macquarie University and check your eligibility.


The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is a four-year course comprising a three-year undergraduate course and one year of honours.

To be eligible, you must be a current Macquarie student in the final session of your third-year studies in one of the below courses:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) double degree

More details can be found on the Psychology Department Community iLearn page. Log in is your one ID and then "enrol me" to gain access to this page

Students unsuccessful in gaining a place in the honours course can elect to graduate with either:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Psychology, or
  • Bachelor of Science - Psychology,

dependent on meeting degree requirements.

Transferring to a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

If you wish to do the honours year and you are currently admitted to the three-year degree in:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Psychology or
  • Bachelor of Science - Psychology,

you must apply for internal course transfer into the four-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) once you have completed the core 200 level Psychology units.

After you have transferred you will be eligible to apply for entry to the honours course once you are in your final session of third-year study.

There is no requirement to submit a new transfer request when applying for the actual honours year if you have already transferred to the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).

Students admitted to a double degree with the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) can interrupt their double degree to complete the honours year. However, you must meet the entry requirements for honours before applying.

How to apply

Applications are now closed for 2020.

Part-time study

If you wish to study part-time you will need to attach supplementary documents to your application for honours. This documentation will need to detail reasons to support part-time study.

International students are not eligible for part-time study and will need to complete honours at a full-time load.

After you apply

You will be advised of your outcome by email once applications have been processed.

You will then be advised to check your course enrolment in either PSYH4490 (full time) or PSYH4491/PSYH4492 (part-time) on eStudent to make sure it is correct. Selection of elective units will be managed internally once accepted into the honours year. There is no self enrolment into required or elective units.

Correspondence from the University will be sent to your student email account only. Please check this account regularly.


If you wish to defer your place, we recommend you notify us as early as possible. Please note applications are not open at this time.

If you would like to defer, submit a request via AskMQ with the subject line "Defer Psychology Honours Year" advising you would like to defer your 4th years honours application.

Internal applicants who receive offers to progress to the 4th year of their Psychology honours course may defer taking up their places for one year only.

Honours deferral request

If your request to defer is approved, you must submit a new application for the next year to secure your place.

For example, if you plan to defer your place in 2020, you will need to submit a new application for honours in 2021.

Should you wish to withdraw once accepted, submit a request via AskMQ with the subject line "Withdraw Psychology Honours Year" before Session 1 census date.