Undergraduate Honours Thesis

Are you interested in learning more about doing an Undergraduate Honours Thesis in Psychology?

PSYC*4870 Honours Thesis I [0.50 credit] Under individual faculty supervision, students plan, develop, and write a research proposal and prepare an extensive review paper on their area of research. Group sessions are held on research ethics, subject protocols, and applying to graduate school.

PSYC*4880 Honours Thesis II [1.00 credit] Students conduct research and write an undergraduate thesis under the direction of a faculty member, present a poster, and reflect upon their work.

Actions required, and things to keep in mind:

  • Contact potential supervisors.
  • Obtaining a supervisor's agreement greatly increases the possibility that you will be approved for the honours thesis, however be aware that it is still a competitive process. 
  • The course size is limited to 50 students. (Each year, some qualified students are not accepted.) 
  • While the minimum average for acceptance is a Psychology average of 75% in Psychology courses, in reality students with an average below 80% are not usually accepted because demand for the class exceeds class size.
  • Only consider the Honours Thesis if you intend to pursue a post-graduate degree.
  • Complete the Request to Enrol
  • Submit to Sharon Helder at shelder@uoguelph.ca or MacKinnon 4015.
  • Once your application has been confirmed, you and your supervisor will create a course outline for your project. 
    • Template: Available late June, 2017

Tips for contacting a potential supervisor:

  • Before you contact them, familiarize yourself with their work: read their papers, know what type of work they do.
  • Be flexible in balancing your own ideas to fit within the research.
  • Be prepared to provide intellectual contribution to the project even if the work is already underway.
  • Be considerate: drop in during office hours if possible or set up an appointment.

Sample posters from the class of 2017:

Aleece Katan and Dr. Heidi Bailey
Self-Compassion as a Moderator of Reactions to Social Rejection

Brianne Gayfer, Jasmine Mahdy (MA) and Dr. Stephen Lewis
Peer Reactions to Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Disclosure