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 June 19th 2017: 4th Year Timetable Preferencing System for Trimester 2 goes live to students
Monday June 26th 2017: Last day for students to submit timetable preferences
Wednesday June 28th 2017: Students allocated to pracs/seminars
Monday 10th July 2017: Week 1 (Online lectures begin)
Monday 17th July 2017: Week 2 (Classroom pracs/seminars begin)

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.

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Geelong Waterfront
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The link to submit your timetable preferences for Trimester 2 is below:


- The preferencing system will close on Monday June 26th at 11:59pm AEST.

- Timetable allocations should be made available by Wednesday June 28th.

- All lectures for Trimester 2 will be held exclusively online.

- Please note that not all prac/seminar times will necessarily run, and are subject to interest.

- The system is NOT based on first-come, first-serve.

- Online lectures will begin in Week 1 (week beginning 10/07) and pracs/seminars will begin in Week 2 (week beginning 17/07)
- Burwood students, please note that there are a couple of class times for Case Management where two seminars are running simultaneously, so I have combined them into one preference, but there will actually be two seminars to fill at those times. These are indicated in the form by having two classrooms listed for that seminar time.

- For Cloud(Online) students, we are still finalising your online prac/seminar times, and will update you as soon as these are finalised.

- Finally, if you have any issues at all with timetabling, please email Luke Barisic and I'll try to resolve those issues for you.

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 later in 2017.


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 2018. 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 2018. 

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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