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62.00
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62.00
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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
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

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

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Fees

AUD40,380 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
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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

Program code: 40099
CRICOS code: 095149D

Study psychological science

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 mental illness, interventions, the biology of the brain, memory, decision making, as well as developmental, social and personality studies.

In addition to learning about a diverse array of psychology fields, the Bachelor of Psychological Science at The University of Newcastle also encompasses statistical analysis and research methodologies to provide you with comprehensive skills that can be utilised across a variety of career paths. Your study of psychology 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?

  • Hands-on learning - you will have access to guest lectures from practicing psychologists, problem-based workshops and video material to give you a well-rounded perspective of the range of areas within psychology.
  • 87.3% of undergraduate Psychology students are satisfied with teaching quality (Student Experience Survey 2019)
  • We are globally recognised for excellence in scientific research - you will learn from award winning academics who are research leaders in their field, including Professor Scott Brown who was named Australia’s leading researcher in cognitive science (The Australian’s 2019 Research magazine). The University of Newcastle's top researchers in psychology teach into your program and you will have opportunities for one-on-one discussions with some of the top researchers in the country.
  • Graduate with a distinct employment advantage - Graduates have the opportunity to go on to complete an Honours year, which is considered by employers as an added skill, and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher level positions and salaries.
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APAC ? accredited degree

What you will study

The Bachelor of Psychological Science includes a variety of courses covering a wide range of subject areas. In your first year of your psychology degree, 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 courses in the biological basis of behaviour, while in third year you will study core courses in more depth. Throughout your psychology degree you will learn about:

  • psychological 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 an Honours year in psychology. Honours gives you a good research base to progress on to postgraduate study in psychology 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

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries.

Students who achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 upon completion of their three year APAC accredited degree will be eligible to apply to undertake an APAC accredited Honours year. If you are accepted into the program you will complete advanced level coursework and a research project focusing on a specific topic or problem, further developing your specific areas of interest as well as your research skills.

The completion of an Honours year can also be a pathway into Research Higher Degree study or postgraduate study that will lead to registration as a psychologist, such as the Master of Clinical Psychology, Master of Professional Psychology or Master of Business Psychology programs.

Psychological Science (Honours) program handbook

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Expand your career in psychological science 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.

The Master of Professional Psychology is a professional qualification which should be completed if you would like to practice as a Registered Psychologist.

If you want to advance your leadership and management skills from a psychological perspective to enhance performance and wellbeing in the workplace, then the Master of Business Psychology is for you.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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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.

Some typical roles include:

  • Careers Counsellor
  • NDIS Case Worker
  • Juvenile Justice Officer
  • Market Researcher
  • Mediator
  • Practicing Psychologist

After successful completion of this degree, graduates can:

  • Work with the law, police services and in correctional services
  • Undertake further study

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.

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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.

Additional work integrated learning opportunities may include School of Psychology research spaces, the the University of Newcastle Psychology Community Clinic and external professional agencies.