Bachelor of Psychological Science (Exit Award Only)

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This program is available to students who have completed all 1000, 2000 3000 level courses of the Bachelor of Psychology 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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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


Admission Requirements (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

1) Students currently in the Bachelor of Psychology 4 year program who elect to exit their degree with an accredited 3 year degree may contact the relevant Program Officer to request to exit with the Bachelor of Psychological Science award.

2) Students do not meet the academic requirements for progress to the 4th year of the Bachelor of Psychology will graduate with the Bachelor of Psychological Science.


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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to your new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.


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Honours is not awarded in this program.


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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.


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International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. 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/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with disabilities 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 reasonably 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.


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All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/lsp/

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.


Requirements and Structure Back to top

The requirements and structure of the program are identical to the first three years of the Bachelor of Psychology program. Please refer to the program handbook for the Bachelor of Psychology for further details.


Transition Arrangements Back to top

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.

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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
PHIL1060Introduction to Philosophy of PsychologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC1000Introductory Research Methods in PsychologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
PSYC1020Psychology Introduction 2Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC1200Pre-professional Psychology ISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the SciencesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from BIOL1001 or BIOL1040.
BIOL1001Molecules, Cells and Organisms

Not to count with BIOL1040 or BIOL1050.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1040Introduction to Biology I

Not to count with BIOL1001 or BIOL1002 or BIOL1003.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
PSYC2200Pre-professional Psychology IISemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2300Cognitive PsychologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2400Biological PsychologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2500Introduction to Abnormal BehaviourSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2600Personality and Social PsychologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT2000Applied Statistics and Research MethodsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
PSYC3000Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in PsychologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3001Advanced Psychological MeasurementSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3200Pre-professional Psychology IIISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3301Advanced Perception and Learning in PsychologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3600Advanced Social and Organisational PsychologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3700Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental PsychopathologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from 3000 level Directed Courses.
PSYC3300Advanced Cognitive PsychologyNot currently offered10 units
PSYC3400Advanced Biological PsychologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3500Advanced Health PsychologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3501Advanced Psychopathology and NeuropsychologyNot currently offered10 units
Back to topElectives (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 40 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.40 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)