The Honours programs (B.A. and B.Sc.) are designed for students who would like to concentrate their studies or pursue graduate work. Honours students are required to submit an undergraduate thesis (Psychology 499A/B) in their graduating year. The thesis should demonstrate the student's competence in Experimental Psychology. Students typically work closely with a faculty member on the thesis; all of our current faculty are listed on the People section of our Departmental website. A list of past thesis topics illustrates the breadth of topics.
There will be one intake to the Psychology Honours program each year. Students who would like to be considered for admission to these programs must submit a completed online application form by June 1 for Fall semester registration. To apply to the Honours program, the online application form must be submitted before June 1st.
Once you have been accepted into the Psychology Honours Program, you will need to find an honours supervisor. An event will be organized in the Fall semester to meet potential supervisors. If you have any questions about how to be matched with an honours supervisor, please contact the Deputy Head.
To be eligible for admission, students must have successfully completed Psychology 2910, 2911, 2520, and 2930 and obtained in these courses a grade of "B" or better, or an average of 75% or higher. Students who fulfill the eligibility requirements compete for a limited number of available spaces.
Note that the actual average that is used to determine acceptance to the Honours program will vary each year, depending on the pool of applicants. As well, if a required course was taken in the the Winter 2020 or Spring 2020 semesters, and a student elected to receive a PAS under the modifications made to grading due to COVID-19, the “PAS” grade will not factor into the minimum average calculation (i.e., it gives the student no disadvantage).
Preference will be given to students who are starting their final year of the Psychology/BHNR major (i.e., third-year or later students), as these students need to begin their Honours program in the Fall semester in order to graduate on time. This means that we may accept some applicants going into their final year who have slightly lower averages than some applicants earlier in their programs. Only Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience majors courses and GPA will be used to calculate the Honours admission average for both Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience majors.
If an applicant is completing a deferred exam in a required course, they still must submit the application form by June 1. Any deferred exam in a required course should be written no later than mid-August in order for the application to the Honours program to be considered.
Students should be notified of their acceptance to the program via email, prior to the beginning of registration for the Fall semester. While general advice may be given regarding the Honours program course(s) that are required to complete in the upcoming academic year, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are familiar with their particular Honours program requirements, as per the Memorial University Calendar regulations at the time of program admission.
Registering for Psychology 499A
The Honours dissertation/thesis is normally completed in the final year of a student’s program. Only students who are beginning their thesis research register for Psyc 499A.
There are 3 steps to the registration process for 499A:
- Find an Honours thesis supervisor (see below).
- Ask your supervisor to send an email to the Academic Program Manager/Undergraduate Advisor (email@example.com) indicating that they have agreed to supervise your Honours thesis.
- At that time, you will be instructed how to add Psyc 499A. Most students can add the course via Self-service, once you have been given specific permission in Banner to do so (attempting to register for the course before you get this over-ride will be unsuccessful). In some cases, you might be required to complete a Course Change form instead. The Honours Coordinator (listed as the course instructor), as well as the Undergraduate Advisor, can help if you are having difficulty.
Behavioural Neuroscience and Joint Honours
The Department also offers Honours in Behavioural Neuroscience (B.Sc.) as well as several joint Honours programmes. Students who are admitted to these programmes should meet with the Deputy Head as soon as possible to ensure that their proposed plan of study will satisfy all requirements for the degree.
Students should refer to our current list of faculty and approach a member whose interests might be similar to yours. Please contact the faculty member directly to ask whether or not they are accepting honours students, and/or to discuss possible honours projects.