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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • First intake in 2018
  • First intake in 2018
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • First intake in 2018
  • First intake in 2018
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40099
CRICOS code: 095149D

Study psychological science at UON

140% projected career growth, 1000% rewarding.

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour, the human brain and its effect on the way we act and why. This fascinating area of study covers a broad range of areas such as memory, decision-making and developmental studies.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science encompasses not only clinical psychology, but also a huge array of specialty areas. Your study will help you become an expert in human behaviour and give you the skills to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Why study with us?

  • Great projected career growth – according to the department of employment, psychology is predicted to experience very strong job growth over the next four years
  • We are globally recognised for excellence in scientific research meaning you will learn from award winning academics who are research leaders in their field.
  • Graduate with a distinct employment advantage. Students have the option of going on to complete an Honours year, which is considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue high positions and salaries. This is one of the reasons our Psychological Science graduates enjoy an 87% employment rate.

87% Employed ? within four months of graduation
World top 150 ? for psychology
Top 3 in Australia ? for cognitive sciences

What you will study

The Bachelor of Psychological Science covers a wide range of subject areas. In your first year you will examine the influences on behaviour and personality plus the mechanisms of behaviour such as emotions, perception, learning and memory. Second year expands on these topics to include areas of the biological basis of behaviour, while in third year you will study core topics in more depth. Throughout the degree you will learn about:

  • research methodology
  • statistics
  • cognition and information processing
  • social psychology and personality
  • clinical and abnormal behaviour
  • neuroscience
  • psychopharmacology
  • perceptual processes and learning theory
  • developmental psychology

Depending on your marks throughout your degree you will have the option to study Honours. Honours gives you a good research base to progress on to postgraduate study and can also boost your employment prospects. We are one of only a handful of universities to offer a Psychological Science (Honours) degree and this gives you a better chance to pursue higher positions and salaries after you graduate.

Advanced study options

Expand your career and your horizons and complete the Master of Clinical Psychology. This qualification is vital if you would like to go on to work as a clinical psychologist.


Career opportunities

Professionals in the field of psychology work in a large range of areas.

If you want to practise as a clinical psychologist you will need to complete additional postgraduate study after your Bachelor of Psychological Science degree - Master of Clinical Psychology.

Following is a list of possible areas you could move into after this degree:

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Professional recognition

Professional recognition

APAC Australian Psychology Accreditation CouncilThe Bachelor of Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Accreditation ensures graduates receive a high quality education that will allow them to employ their psychological knowledge and skills in the community.

Practical experience

Practical experience

Our Newcastle (Callaghan) and Central Coast (Ourimbah) campuses offer psychology labs that are stocked with equipment to enhance your practical skills and theoretical studies.

man and skull

The degree includes a pre-professional strand of courses each year, which will help you prepare for professional practice. These courses involve guest lectures from practicing psychologists, problem-based workshops and video material to provide an accurate picture of the range of areas within psychology.

If you choose to do a fourth year of Honours you will conduct a major research project on a specific area of psychology. This gives you practical, hands-on research experience - an essential part of the psychology discipline.