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Students who perform well, with a GPA of 5.0 or greater, during the Bachelor of Social Science program or equivalent program and/or relevant discipline major, may undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree. The Honours program allows students to further develop their specific areas of interest.

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) approved sequence in Psychology is not available for students who commenced the Bachelor of Social Science program from 2012. Any students who commenced prior to 2012 and who are studying the accredited sequence in Psychology, please review the Transition Arrangements section.


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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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An applicant for admission to candidature shall:

(a) have completed a Bachelor of Social Science or equivalent program, with normally at least a credit grade average based on all studies undertaken in the program and/or in the approved major in which Honours is to be undertaken and any additional work which may be prescribed by the Faculty Board.

(b) Students seeking to complete the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Psychology, must have completed:

  • A Bachelor of Social Science with a major in Psychology from the University of Newcastle; plus
  • PSYC1010 and PSYC1020; plus
  • 40 units of accredited Psychology at 2000 level, including PSYC2000 or STAT2000 (from 2008); plus
  • 60 units of accredited Psychology at 3000 level including PSYC3000.

Note: Applicants who have completed a Psychology major at another institution and wish to undertake further studies in Psychology can consider the Graduate Diploma in Psychology http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/graduate-diploma/psychology.html

Entry to the Honours program in Psychology is limited and competitive. Applicants compete on the basis of their results in their APS accredited courses and require a minimum GPA of 5.5 for their whole 240 unit degree.

Application for the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) program is made directly to the University using the Direct Admission Application form available from the web, to be submitted to the relevant program officer.

Domestic Students- please complete both the Faculty of Education and Arts End-on Honours application form and the Direct Admission Application form, which are available at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/Resources/Divisions/Services/Student and Academic Services/Student Administration/Forms/ApplicationHonoursSupplementFEDUA.pdf

International Students please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/Resources/Divisions/International/International Division/International Students/Forms/UG-application-form.pdf


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No credit permitted for Honours.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student¿s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


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Some specialisations are only available on one campus or the other. Contact Program Officer for further information.

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


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Honours students will undertake some coursework studies and a research component. Details of specific studies undertaken within the Honours program in each course area can be obtained from the relevant School.


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Transition Arrangements - 2013:

From 2013 the Economic Policy Analysis, Film Media and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies or Philosophical and Religious Studies Majors have been discontinued for new students. Any student who commenced the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) prior to 2013 and who is currently undertaking a major in Economic Policy Analysis, Film Media and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies or Philosophical and Religious Studies will be able to complete their major. Please refer to the 'Further Information' section for more details.

Transition Arrangements - 2012:

Students who commenced the Bachelor of Social Science program in 2005-2011 (inclusive) and are currently studying the 120 unit Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) approved sequence of courses in Psychology will be able to complete the accredited fourth year courses within the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) program, but must successfully complete both the Bachelor of Social Science program and the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) program within a limited number of years. Students should seek independent advice from the School of Psychology, and their Program Officer, regarding accreditation eligibility. An APAC accredited Psychology major will no longer be available to students commencing the Bachelor of Social Science program from 2012 onwards.

If in any doubt, speak to your Supervisor or Program Officer.


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Back to topAboriginal Studies Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
ABOR4010Aboriginal Studies Honours 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
ABOR4020Aboriginal Studies IISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
ABOR4030Aboriginal Studies Honours IIISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
ABOR4040Aboriginal Studies Honours IVSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topCommunity Welfare and Human Services Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
SPSW4010Welfare Studies Honours ISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
SPSW4020Welfare Studies Honours IISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
SPSW4030Welfare Studies Honours IIISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
SPSW4040Welfare Studies Honours IVSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
Back to topHistory Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
HIST4050History Honours ISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
HIST4060History Honours II - Special StudySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
HIST4070History Honours III Thesis ISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
HIST4080History Honours IV - Thesis IISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
Back to topHuman Geography and the Environment Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
GEOG4001Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4001Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4002Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4002Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4003Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4003Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4004Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4004Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topHuman Resource Management and Industrial Relations Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
BUSN4100Business Research MethodsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)20 units
BUSN4200Research Thesis 1Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)20 units
BUSN4300Research Thesis 2Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)20 units
IRHR4000Theory in Human Resource ManagementSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
Back to topLeisure and Tourism Management Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
BUSN4100Business Research MethodsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)20 units
BUSN4200Research Thesis 1Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)20 units
BUSN4300Research Thesis 2Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)20 units
TOUR4000Theory in TourismSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topLinguistics Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
LING4050Linguistics Honours ISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
LING4060Linguistics Honours IISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
LING4070Linguistics Honours IIISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
LING4080Linguistics Honours IVSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topPolitics and International Relations Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
POLI4001Politics Honours 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
POLI4002Politics Honours 2Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
POLI4003Politics Honours 3Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
POLI4004Politics Honours 4Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
Back to topPsychology Studies Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
PSYC4000Advanced MethodologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4100Critical Issues and Controversies in PsychologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4201Psychological Assessment & Introduction to CounsellingSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PSYC4800Critical review and analysis of specialised research topic

Must be undertaken with PSYC4802A and PSYC4802B in the same Academic year.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4802APsychology Honours Thesis Part A

Must be undertaken with PSYC4800 and PSYC4802B in the same Academic year.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4802BPsychology Honours Thesis Part B

Must be undertaken with PSYC4800 and PSYC4802A in the same Academic year.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from the following Directed Courses.
PSYC4400Advanced Topics in Biological, Cognitive & Developmental Psychology

Students must undertake either PSYC4400 or PSYC4500. The course must be in a area of Psychology not covered by the reseach project undertaken in PSYC4801A&B.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4500Advanced Topics in Personality,Social,Clinical & Health Psychology

Students must undertake either PSYC4400 or PSYC4500. The course must be in a area of Psychology not covered by the reseach project undertaken in PSYC4801A&B.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
Back to topSociology and Anthropology Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
SOCA4090Sociology and Anthropology Honours ISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
SOCA4100Sociology and Anthropology Honours IISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
SOCA4110Sociology and Anthropology Honours IIISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
SOCA4120Sociology & Anthropology Honours IVSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units