Honours Programme

Graduation Requirements

Note:

  • * As PL3231 and the PL328x lab modules serve the same purpose of strengthening the empirical research skills of students, students are only allowed to read a maximum of 2 such modules, in any of the following combinations: (1) PL3231, (2) PL328x, (3) PL3231 + PL328x, (4) PL328x + PL328x.
  • The following are PL-recognised modules:
    ID3127 Transdisciplinary Innovation Project
    LSM3215 Neuronal Signaling and Memory Mechanisms
    LSM3216 Neuronal Development and Diseases
    MUA3230 Music Cognition
    PH2201 Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
    PH2241 Philosophy of Mind
    PH3201 Philosophy of Social Science
    PH3241 Consciousness
    PH3242 The Self
    EC3305 Programming Tools for Economics (applicable for Cohort 2016 onwards)
    EC3394 Economics and Psychology (applicable for Cohort 2016 onwards)
    NM3234 Leadership, Organisations and New Media (applicable for Cohort 2016 onwards)
    NM3234Y Leadership, Organisations and Communication (applicable for Cohort 2016 onwards; for PL-CNM and CNM-PL double-major students only)
    NM3239 Retrieving, Exploring and Analysing Data (applicable for Cohort 2016 onwards)
    NM3239Y Retrieving, Exploring and Analysing Data (applicable for Cohort 2016 onwards; for PL-CNM and CNM-PL double-major students only)
    SW3208 Negotiation & Conflict Resolution (applicable for Cohort 2016 onwards)
    SW3209 Counselling Theories & Practice (applicable for Cohort 2016 onwards)
  • Students intending to do a double major in PL and SW are advised to read PL2131 in their first year because the module serves as a gate for determining whether one could pursue a major in Psychology and also because it could be read in place of SW3101.
  • Students are allowed to map a maximum of 2 PL level-4000 modules taken during exchange.
  • To declare an Honours track, students must have completed the following:
    Cohort 2012 - 2015: Completed at least 110 MCs, including 60 MCs in the Major, with a CAP of 3.20 and above.
    Cohort 2016 onwards: Completed at least 110 MCs, including 44 MCs in the Major, with a CAP of 3.20 and above.
  • Honours Thesis/Project (15 MCs) is optional.
  • In order to obtain First Class Honours/Honours (Highest Distinction), students must achieve the following:
    Cohort 2012 onwards: A CAP of 4.50 or higher AND read and passed PL4401 Honours Thesis.
  • Students who do not attempt the Honours Thesis/Project will read level-4000 or higher PL modules to fulfil the Honours Requirements.
  • Students may also read a level-4000 Independent Study Module (5 MCs). This level-4000 ISM carries the following prerequisites:
    Cohort 2012 - 2015: Completed 100 MCs, including 60 MCs in PL, with a minimum CAP of 3.20.
    Cohort 2016 onwards: Completed 100 MCs, including 44 MCs in PL, with a minimum CAP of 3.20.This ISM and the Honours Thesis/Project preclude one another.
  • All level-4000 modules carry the following general prerequisites:
    Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 OR being on the Honours Track (some level-4000 modules may have different pre-requisites).
  • For students who are attempting the Honours Thesis, the onus is on the students to secure a supervisor who would supervise them on the Honours Thesis. Students should settle on a topic as soon as possible and speak to the supervisors early, as staff are able to supervise only a limited number of theses. Students who are late may end up not working with the supervisor of their choice and have to settle on a different topic.
  • Students from cohort 2009 and after who would like to major in Psychology at NUS have to obtain a grade of B- or better for the PL1101E and a grade of B- or better for the PL2131 module. From Cohort 2018 onwards (except those who secured their place in NUS before 2018), there will be no placement tests for students who fail to attain the minimum B- grades for PL1101E and PL2131 to major in Psychology.