Fourth Year (Honours and Graduate Diploma Advanced)

Resources for students including administrative procedures, important forms and student support

There is no mid-year intake for this program.

  • Introduction

    This page includes information for Fourth Year psychology students regarding program structure,  assessment procedures, policies and the student manual. Students are expected to familiarise themselves with this information at the commencement of their studies within the School.

    2018 Orientation Program.pdf

    2018 Orientation Presentation.pdf

    Note: Click on a heading to expand or collapse that section of the page.

  • Student Manual

    The student manual provides information regarding the structure, content and submission of work for Fourth Year psychology students. This document also explains many of the policies and procedures found within the School.

    Current Student Manual.pdf

  • Program Structure

    Course Requirements

    The structure for all three Psychology fourth year courses is the same, and involves the completion of three compulsory subjects (which includes the research project), and two elective subjects.

    Compulsory Subjects

    Elective Subjects


    Full Program Structure:

    The complete program structure including subject descriptions can be viewed on the Faculty of Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) website.

    MDHS Study Website (link)

  • Student Forms

    All current forms can be found at the following link:

    Student Forms (link)

  • Administrative Procedures

    Absence/Withdrawing from your Course

    You can change your subjects, apply for Leave of Absence or to withdraw from your course using the student portal.

    my.unimelb.edu.au (link)

    Leave of absence or course withdrawal must be requested in writing and submitted to Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences Office by emailing fourthyear-psych@unimelb.edu.au. There are particular deadlines that occur within each semester for these activities; the time you take leave or withdraw affects the fees you will incur for that semester.

    Tutorial/Laboratory Allocations

    You will be automatically allocated to your tutorials, and some lecture streams where relevant. It is possible to change your tutorial times during the first two weeks of semester via the student portal.

    my.unimelb.edu.au (link)

    If you have an unresolvable timetable clash please submit a support request to the University Class Registration Enquiry Management (CREM)

    CREM (link)

    Temporary Laboratory Changes

    If you are unable to attend your normal laboratory class you may request a temporary transfer. This allows you to attend a different class in the same week for that week only.

    • You must take the form to the class you intend to transfer to.
    • You will normally be required to provide documentation explaining your reason for wanting to transfer (eg. a medical certificate).
    • It is the lecturer/tutor's responsibility to ensure the number in the class is at (and not above) the official limit.
    • If there is room in the class above the permanent number, you may then be allowed to attend the desired class.
    • You must then take the signed transfer form to your permanent class and give it to the lecturer or tutor.

    The temporary laboratory change form can be downloaded from the Student Forms page

    Student Forms (link)

    After-hours building access

    The after hours access request form can be downloaded from the Student Forms page

    Student Forms (link)

  • Student Evaluations and Feedback

    The University and the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences place great emphasis on promoting and monitoring the quality of its teaching programs. In order to receive feedback from students on teaching, the University asks you to complete a subject questionnaire. In addition, you are invited to provide feedback to lecturers or the Convenor at any time. All comments and questionnaires will remain confidential.

    In addition, a number of Staff/Student Liaison meetings are held at the beginning of second semester each year. There is a specific meeting for students enrolled in undergraduate psychology subjects which is an opportunity for students to meet with academic staff and raise issues of concern relating to the course and subjects.

  • Graduate Diploma (Advanced) Awards Evening

    Graduates from the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) do not receive their testamurs in a University Graduation Ceremony. The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences recognises the commitment and achievements of students completing the Graduate Diploma in Psychology at an Awards Evening held in March each year. This ceremony includes the formal presentation of Graduate Diploma (Advanced) testamurs, as well as prizes for significant achievement in individual subjects. It is an opportunity for Graduate Diploma (Advanced) graduands to gather with their peers and invited guests to celebrate and recognise their successful completion of the Diploma.

Course Contact Information

Director of Teaching & Learning

Associate Professor Piers Howe

Course Coordinator Contact Information

Dr Luke Smillie

Course advice and queries

fourthyear-psych@unimelb.edu.au