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Postgraduate Options 2015
BSc Honours
Cross-Cultural Part 1
Masters Part 2
BA or BSc
or GradDipSc
Masters Cognitive and
Neuroscience Part 1
Masters Forensic Part
PGDipClinPsyc – Clinical Programme
Preparing for Postgrad
• B+ average in 4 best 300 level PSYC courses
• Research experience
– SCIE306
– STAT292
– Double major
• Funding
– Tutor/TA positions advertised 6th floor notice board
MSc. Cross-cultural Psychology
• Do you plan to work with culturally diverse groups, to
undertake research and policy analysis, or to broadly study
culture and its consequences for human behaviour?
• The MSc in Cross-cultural Psych is for you!
– 2 year structured programme
– Potential for a exchange to the University of Hawai’i
– Opportunities to work with the Centre for Applied Crosscultural Research
MSc in Forensic Psychology
• Who is it for?
– Students who are interested in psychology applied to
criminal and legal domains
• What is special or unique about the programme?
– Only Masters in forensic psychology in NZ
• Who contributes?
– Devon Polaschek, Clare-Ann Fortune, Deirdre Brown,
Tony Ward, Maryanne Garry, Russil Durrant (Crim)
• What does it prepare you for?
– May lead to research, policy or practice roles within:
• Police, Corrections, Ministry of Justice
Masters in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience
• Broad exposure to research in cognitive and behavioural
neuroscience (e.g., animal behaviour techniques, drug research,
TMS, EEG, eyetracking, neuropsychological assessment)
• In-depth thesis project in one research area
• Staff: Sue Schenk, Bart Ellenbroek, Dave Harper, Maree Hunt, Katie
Brennan, Anne Macaskill, Carolyn Wilshire, Gina Grimshaw,
Christel Devue
• Prepare for: Further study in cognitive or behavioural
neuroscience, research careers in academia, industry, and
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical
• Applications are already in!
• If you are awaiting outcome, enrol in Honours or Part 1 or Masters;
your enrolment will change automatically if you are accepted.
• You still need a 489 supervisor!
Honour's Programme
What do I need to get into Honours?
• B+ GPA taken from your four best 300 level PSYC courses
• Satisfactory completion of PSYC 325 or approved alternative
• A SCI 306 cannot be included as one of your four best courses
unless there are exceptional circumstances
• Honours intake is subject to staffing resources in any one year
(this may mean a B+ is not a guaranteed entry)
How do I apply for Honours?
• Online Enrolment system
• Deadline - 10 December 2014
Honour's Programme
Selecting Your Courses [1]
• Select courses wisely - read the prospectus, check for
pre-requisites and recommended courses
• Make sure you select alternative courses when
enrolling-3 for each trimester. You may miss getting
into preferred courses if you don’t do this.
• Yes! you can take a 400 level course outside of PSYC
• Yes! You can study Honours part-time (must do Psyc
489 in consecutive trimesters
Honour's Programme
Selecting your courses [2]
• Entry to courses is based on the GPA for your four best
Stage 3 Psychology courses
• Courses have limits of 15 students but under some
circumstances co-ordinators will take higher
enrolments for their course
• The following courses have more limited entry
because they are required for Clinical and/or Special
Masters programme students: Psyc 412 and 442
(Forensic/Clinical); Psyc 417, 409, 424, 444, 445, 448,
422 (to a lesser extent); 404 typically has 3-4 x as
many applications as places available
Honour's Programme
Psyc 489 Dissertation [1]
Project is a 2 trimester study
Most lecturers will supervise 2 to 3 students
Different kinds of projects with different supervisors
and research labs
Written research report and a poster presentation
Honour's Programme
Who to talk to about Honours?
Sue Jackson, Graduate Coordinator
Wendy Ward, Administrator
Academic Staff
Tutors, Postgrads, people you know
What should you start thinking about?
• PSYC 489 – attend Poster Session Friday Oct. 17, 11-1
• Research Areas  talk to academic staff
Honour's Programme
How do I find a supervisor?
• Research topics for 2015 are available on your handout and the School of Psychology website (under
Honours). A copy will also be available on Psyc 325
• Email the supervisor who is offering a project in your
area of interest to ask about the possibility of working
with him/her.
• Your first choice of topic/supervisor may not be
available so it’s a good idea to identify several projects
of interest
“You get to have an actual opinion on
“You get more freedom to direct your
own learning”
“We only have 6 hours of class per
“It teaches us how to manage ourselves
and our learning”
“Your writing gets wayyyyyyy better!”
“You really get to focus on what you
enjoy, rather than being forced to learn
stuff you don't think is relevant or enjoy”
“Although it is quite stressful you'll meet
awesome people who will help you
“You make new friends!”
“You get to work with some brilliant
“Unlike undergrad you actually learn to
think critically about what you read, and
have way more contact with the lecturers
actually doing the research you read in
“Honours is great because you start to get treated like an academic, you have your
own ideas and can come up with your own theories and people take you
seriously! And the 489 is awesome because it's basically creating something or
discovering something that no one has really done before”
"I think Hons is a daunting and scary year with huge amounts of work and an
intense pressure that never seems to end. But if you manage to deal with it, you
will learn more about what interests you, the actual inner-workings of the
psychology world and how to apply your knowledge in this year than you did in all
of undergrad combined. So those 3rd years who are considering applying should
absolutely do so. Because coming from someone who hates social interaction with
a passion, it was the most valuable experience I've had meeting these people and
I'm glad I did so."
Get more info
SCIE306 – EA527 (Staff room)
Honours – EA407 (stay here!)
Forensic – EA 405A
Cross-cultural – EA 302A (Cross-cultural
• Clinical – EA411
• Drop by the staffroom when you are done
for more QA, drinks and nibbles.

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