4th Year

Welcome to your 4th year psychology studies at Deakin University! On this page, you will find news and updates on upcoming events for 4th year students as well as information about selecting a research project and some frequently asked questions.

Key Dates

Below are a list of key dates:
Monday February 26th 2018: Deakin University O-Week begins
Monday March 5th 2018: Trimester 1 teaching period begins

More dates will be added regarding timetabling and research project preferences/allocations soon. This process generally starts from late January.

2018 Psychology 4th Year Orientation Sessions

Orientation sessions for 2018 will be held in late February at both the Burwood and Geelong Waterfront campuses. These sessions are a great opportunity to learn more about the course, and ask any questions you may have.

Date: 22nd February 2018
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Room: Lecture Theatre 2 (LT2) (I2.05)

Geelong Waterfront
Date: 23rd February 2018
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Room: D2.194


The link to submit your timetable preferences for Trimester 1 2018 will appear here in early 2018.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding timetabling, please contact Luke Barisic (luke.barisic@deakin.edu.au) in the School of Psychology.

The 4th Year Timetabling Preferencing System is now live:


A few notes about timetabling:
- It is NOT based on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Please ensure you enter your preferences by Friday February 17th 11:59pm AEDST.
- Not all prac/seminar times will necessarily run, and are subject to interest.
- All lectures for Trimester 1 will be held exclusively online. 
- You can enter your preferences as many times as you wish. We will always use your most recent set of preferences. 
- Because of the complex nature of the 4th year units, we are unable to use the university's STAR timetable allocation system. Please ignore any emails asking you to submit timetable preferences through STAR.

Research Projects

Information for research projects for 2018 will be updated early in 2018.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding research project allocations, please contact Luke Barisic (luke.barisic@deakin.edu.au) in the School of Psychology.


Am I eligible to complete my 4th year studies part-time?

Domestic students are able to complete their 4th year studies part-time. International students cannot undertake study part-time.

I am a part-time student completing my research project in 2019. Do I need to submit my preferences now?

No, you don't need to submit your preferences this year. Although, it might be an idea to have a look at the research projects on offer and seek out a supervisor you might like to work with in 2019. 

Part-time students must undertake the coursework units in the first year and the research thesis units in the second year.

I am a Geelong-based student, but a project is listed as being a Burwood project (or vice versa). Can I preference it?

If you are really passionate about a particular research project, but it is located on a different campus to your campus of study, it doesn't hurt to contact the supervisor of the project to see if they would be willing to supervise you. It may be that you are required to travel a lot from campus to campus for meetings or potentially testing (if it is a laboratory-based study), so best to make as informed a decision as possible.

If I am interested in a research project, do I need to contact the supervisor before preferencing it?

There's no easy answer to this. While it's certainly a good idea to introduce yourself to a potential supervisor to demonstrate how keen/passionate you are about the project and make a good impression, students can often make a bad first impression. So when contacting potential supervisors, think about how you are coming across to them. And, no, spelling their name incorrectly is not a good start - and, yes, it happens more often than you'd think!

Some surpervisors will actually request that you meet with them before preferencing their project, so please read the special requirements of each project carefully.

I just heard from a student that they already have a research project! Why haven't I been allocated to one yet?

During the summer, or even during their third year, some students begin contacting supervisors who they want to work with because of their research area. Sometimes staff will agree to supervise students during this time. These projects aren't listed on the project list you use to make your preferences, so don't panic! The projects you have preferenced have not already been allocated.

Furthermore, part-time students who are completing their second year of 4th year may have already struck a deal with a supervisor during the past year.

My uncle's third-cousin's best friend is also doing 4th year and they saw on Facebook that [insert doomsday scenario here] - is it true?

Probably not! The 4th year team often receive emails from concerned students on a whole range of things that have no truth to them. If you didn't see it on this website, or in official communication from a member of the 4th year team, take it with a grain of salt.

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