100 credit points
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 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).
For further information on the entry score adjustments, please refer to the MSPS Adjustments for 2020 results website.