Bachelor of Psychological Science
Information correct as at
6th Dec 2016 3:30am
Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.
International - 3 years full time.
Relevant University rules and policies
This program is available to students who have completed all 1000, 2000 3000 level courses of the Bachelor of Psychology (Program Code 11394) or the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Program Code 12362) and wish to graduate with the three year BPsycSc. A Bachelor of Psychological Science provides students with psychological insights about human nature which are both interesting and relevant to everyday life.
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- Students currently in the Bachelor of Psychology (Program Code 11394) or the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Program Code 12362) 4 year programs who elect to exit their degree with an accredited 3 year degree may contact the relevant Program Advisor to request to exit with the Bachelor of Psychological Science award.
- Students do not meet the academic requirements for progress to the 4th year of the Bachelor of Psychology (Program Code 11394) or the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Program Code 12362) will graduate with the Bachelor of Psychological Science.
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
This program is an exit award only. Credit is applicable only upon exit from the Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).
Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
This program is accredited as a three year undergraduate program with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). While the degree award is for those students who do wish to pursue a career other than psychology, graduates who have a credit average are eligible to apply for a 4th year of psychology such as the Graduate Diploma of Psychology at some future time. Graduates with a Bachelor of Psychological Science will have completed a three year accredited sequence. Please note that an accredited 4th year is required for Bachelor of Psychological Science graduates who might consider seeking provisional registration with the Psychologists Board of Australia.
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
3 years full time or part time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
The requirements and structure of the program are identical to the first three years of the Bachelor of Psychology (Program Code 11394) or the Bachelor of Psycholgy (Honours) (Program Code 12362) programs. Please refer to the program handbook for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) for further details.http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-psychology-honours/handbook
The program was revised in 2016 and changes were implemented for Semester 1 2017. PHIL1060 was removed from the core of the program. Students who have not yet successfully completed PHIL1060 are now required to take an additional 10 units of electives in lieu of PHIL1060.
From 2015 there will be no new intake in the Bachelor of Psychology (Program Code 11394) as this program has been replaced by the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Program Code 12362). Where appropriate, students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychology program will be transitioned to the new Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program.
From 2015, students who transfer to the new Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program may qualify for the Bachelor of Psychological Science under the new program structure.
From 2015, students who remain enrolled in the previous Bachelor of Psychology program may also qualify for the Bachelor of Psychological Science under the program structure in which they enrolled.
Please consult with your Program Advisor if you wish to exit the Bachelor of Psychology (Program Code 11394) or the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Program Code 12362) with the Bachelor of Psychological Science.
The program was reviewed and changes were made to the degree for 2012. - Students who commenced the B Psychology program prior to 2012 can qualify for the Bachelor of Psychological Science as per program rules prior to 2012, or as per the 2012 revised program rules.
- Students who commence the Bachelor of Psychology students from 2012 can qualify for the Bachelor of Psychological Science but must adhere to the revised 2012 program rules.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available at the top of this page.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|PSYC1000||Introductory Research Methods in Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC1010||Psychology Introduction 1||10 units|
|PSYC1020||Psychology Introduction 2||10 units|
|PSYC1200||Pre-Professional Psychology 1||10 units|
|STAT1070||Statistics for the Sciences||10 units|
|PSYC2200||Pre-Professional Psychology II||10 units|
|PSYC2300||Cognitive Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC2400||Biological Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC2500||Introduction to Abnormal Behaviour||10 units|
|PSYC2600||Personality and Social Psychology||10 units|
|STAT2000||Applied Statistics and Research Methods||10 units|
|PSYC3000||Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC3001||Advanced Psychological Measurement||10 units|
|PSYC3200||Pre-Professional Psychology III||10 units|
|PSYC3301||Advanced Perception and Learning in Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC3600||Advanced Social and Organisational Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC3700||Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology||10 units|
Complete 50 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and concepts in the discipline of psychology.
- Communicate effectively and professionally in written and/or oral formats to present a competent exposition of knowledge and ideas to various audiences.
- Use well developed cognitive skills to review, analyse and synthesize empirical knowledge to make informed decisions in applied psychology and psychological research.
- Work collaboratively in psychological research projects applying competent intellectual and research abilities.
- Demonstrate understanding of and commitment to ethical principles in professional practice and research.
- Demonstrate developing knowledge and skills in the practice of psychology including topics in therapeutic intervention and psychometric testing.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.