When you study psychology at the University of Newcastle, you will examine the influences on behaviour and personality plus the mechanisms of behaviour.

Bachelor of Psychology

What you will study

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour that helps us understand the way we act and why.

When you study a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Newcastle, you will cover a broad range of areas within psychology such as memory, decision making, and developmental studies. Biology and statistics courses are also included which are fundamental to understanding psychology.

In first year of the psychology degree you will examine the influences on behaviour and personality plus the mechanisms of behaviour such as cognitive processes for emotions, perception, learning and memory. Studies in research methodology and statistics are included.

Second year expands on these topics to include areas of the biological basis of behaviour, which include cognition and information processing, social psychology and personality, statistics and methodology and clinical and abnormal behaviour.

In the third year of the psychology degree you will study core topics in more depth such as neuroscience and psychopharmacology, experimental methodology and statistics, perceptual processes and learning theory plus developmental psychology.

Entry into fourth year study, also known as an Honours year, requires a certain GPA level, but those who do not gain entry into fourth year can exit with a Bachelor of Psychological Science and go on to work in positions where a background in psychology is useful but registration is not required.

Completing your four year Bachelor of Psychology degree with the required GPA will enable you to pursue further postgraduate study that will lead to registration as a psychologist. This degree can be studied at both our Newcastle (Callaghan) and Central Coast (Ourimbah) campuses.

For more information about the Bachelor of Psychology course content please refer to the handbook.

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