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We often make assumptions about people and about the way they behave. Psychology provides us with the scientific basis to challenge those assumptions. It is a diverse discipline that investigates everything from the structure and function of brain cells through to the behaviour of people in social groups.


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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.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.


Assumed Knowledge (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Mathematics (2 unit) or equivalent.


Credit Transfer (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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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The degree shall be conferred as an Ordinary Degree with Distinction where the performance of a candidate has reached a standard determined by the Faculty, except that, where the performance of a candidate has reached a standard determined by the Faculty to be of sufficient merit, the degree shall be conferred with Honours.

Entry into the Honours stream at 4th year requires the completion of the 240 units of core, directed and elective courses in the first 3 years of the BPsych program and a minimum GPA of 5.5 calculated on all courses contributing to the BPsych program up to completion of 3rd year and including the grade associated with courses granted as credit. Where a student has received credit for prior study only those units completed at the University of Newcastle will be included in the GPA calculation.

There shall be three classes of Honours, namely Class I (First Class Honours), Class II (Class II Division I or Class II Division II), and Class III (Third Class Honours).


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Students who complete the four year program requirements are currently eligible to apply for provisional registration with the Psychologists Board of Australia. By completing the accredited sequence of courses over four years in Psychology, students will also meet the current requirements for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society Ltd (APS).

Students who complete the first three years and graduate 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.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.

Please be aware that the current standard English language competency for registration as a practitioner in your chosen health discipline in most states of Australia is IELTS 7.0.


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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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Calculation of Honours Awards:

Class I: GPA of 6.0 or more in the 3000/4000/5000 level courses undertaken and an average mark of 85 or over for the 40 unit Research Project.

Class II Division I (either option 1 or 2):

  • Option 1. GPA of 6.0 or more in the 3000/4000/5000 level courses undertaken and an average mark of 75 or over for the 40 unit Research Project.
  • Option 2. GPA of 5.5 or more in the 3000/4000/5000 level courses undertaken and an average mark of 85 or over for the 40 unit Research Project.

Class II Division II: GPA of 5.5 or more in the 3000/4000/5000 level courses undertaken and an average mark of 65 or over for the 40 unit Research Project. Class III: a GPA of at least 4.0 calculated on all graded 3000/4000/5000 courses, an average mark of 50 or over in the Research Component and have passed all 3000/4000/5000 courses of their approved program on the first attempt.

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.


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Please refer to your Program Enrolment Checklist (PECs) in the Further Information section at the top of this page. These PECs will assist you in understanding the requirements and structure of your program and will assist in your enrolment.

The degree is completed over four years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time) and requires students to pass courses totaling 320 units comprising of:

CORE COURSES (260 units)

DIRECTED COURSES (20 units)

  • BIOLOGY - 10 units chosen from either BIOL1001 or BIOL1040
  • PSYCHOLOGY - 10 units of 3000 level Psychology selected from: PSYC3300, PSYC3400, PSYC3500, PSYC3501 (Please note not all of the above courses are available each year.)

ELECTIVES (40 units) - electives can be chosen from any non-restricted courses offered by the University.

Please note:

1. Students commencing from 2012 onwards require a GPA of 5 over all 2000 and 3000 level PSYC courses and STAT2000 to gain entry into the 4th year of the program.

2. Students must complete ALL 1000, 2000 and 3000 level courses before attempting 4000 level courses.

3. A maximum of 100 units is permitted at 1000 level.

4. Most second and third year courses require previous study in specific courses.

5. Not all courses are offered each semester.


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The Bachelor of Psychology was reviewed and a revised program implemented in 2012.

  • Students who commenced the Bachelor of Psychology prior to 2012 were required to complete INFO1010 as a core course in their first year.
  • Students who commenced in the Bachelor of Psychology prior to 2012 but who have not completed INFO1010 may choose to complete either INFO1010 or PSYC1000 as a core course.
  • Students who commenced the Bachelor of Psychology in 2012 must complete PSYC1000 as a core in the first year.
  • Students who commenced a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Science prior to 2012 and transferred to the Bachelor of Psychology in 2012 may choose to complete either INFO1010 or PSYC1000 as a core course for their degree.

Students who commenced the program from 2012 will be required to complete:

  • 40 units of electives (chosen from any non-restricted courses offered by the University)

Students who commenced the program prior to 2012 will be required to complete:

  • 20 units of General Directed Courses chosen any courses from Aboriginal Studies (ABOR), Biological Sciences (BIOL), Cultural Studies (CULT), ENVS3005 Animal Behaviour, IR or Human Resources (IRHR), Linguistics (LING), Philosophy (PHIL), Population Health (PUBH), Religious Studies (RELI), Sociology and Social Anthropology (SOCA).
  • 20 units of electives (chosen from any non-restricted courses offered by the University).

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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 Sciences

Not to count with MATH1410

Semester 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 either 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 Psychology

Not to count with PSYC2020

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2400Biological Psychology

Not to count with PSYC2080

Semester 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 Psychology

Not to count with PSYC2090

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT2000Applied Statistics and Research Methods

Not to count with PSYC2070 or PSYC2000

Semester 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 Psychology

Not to count with PSYC3010

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3001Advanced Psychological Measurement

Not to count with PSYC3070

Semester 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 Psychology

Not to count with PSYC3110

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3600Advanced Social and Organisational Psychology

Not to count with PSYC3100

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3700Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology

Not to count with PSYC3130

Semester 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 Directed Courses at 3000 level.
PSYC3300Advanced Cognitive Psychology

Not to count with PSYC3030.

Not currently offered10 units
PSYC3400Advanced Biological Psychology

Not to count with PSYC3040.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3500Advanced Health Psychology

Not to count with PSYC3050.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3501Advanced Psychopathology and Neuropsychology

Not to count with PSYC3080.

Not currently offered10 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.
PSYC4000Advanced Methodology

Must be taken in the same calendar year as PSYC4810, PSYC4815A and PSYC4815B

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4100Critical Issues and Controversies in PsychologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4200Pre-Professional Psychology 4Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4400Advanced Topics in Biological, Cognitive & Developmental Psychology

Students completing the 4th Year Honours level choose either PSYC4400 or PSYC4500. Students completing the 4th Year Pass level must complete both PSYC4400 and PSYC4500.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4500Advanced Topics in Personality,Social,Clinical & Health Psychology

Students completing the 4th Year Honours level choose either PSYC4400 or PSYC4500. Students completing the 4th Year Pass level must complete both PSYC4400 and PSYC4500.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 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)
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Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements for Year 4 Honours Level (for 2006 onwards).
PSYC4800Critical review and analysis of specialised research topic

Must be taken in the same calendar year as PSYC4802A AND PSYC4802B.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4802APsychology Honours Thesis Part A

Must be taken in the same calendar year as PSYC4800 and PSYC4802B.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4802BPsychology Honours Thesis Part B

Must be taken in the same calendar year as PSYC4800 and PSYC4802A .

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
Back to topYear 4 Pass Level (for 2006 onwards) Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
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Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
PSYC4810Critical review of advanced research topic

Must be taken in the same calendar year as PSYC4815A and PSYC4815B.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4815AAdvanced Psychology Project pt A

Must be taken in the same calendar year as PSYC4810 and PSYC4815B.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4815BAdvanced Psychology Research Project Pt B

Must be taken in the same calendar year as PSYC4810 and PSYC4815A .

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units