Campuses and locations
The University of Newcastle is a multi-campus institution offering programs in a number of locations.
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.
Face to Face
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
AUD38,455 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
3 years full-time.
Face to Face
140% projected career growth, 1000% rewarding.
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 memory, decision-making and developmental 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.
The Bachelor of Psychological Science covers a wide range of subject areas. In your first year 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 areas of the biological basis of behaviour, while in third year you will study core topics in more depth. Throughout the degree you will learn about:
Depending on your marks throughout your degree you will have the option to study Honours. Honours gives you a good research base to progress on to postgraduate study 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.
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:
After successful completion of this degree, graduates can:
Following is a list of possible areas you could move into after this degree:
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The 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.
Our Newcastle (Callaghan) and Central Coast (Ourimbah) campuses offer psychology labs that are stocked with equipment to enhance your practical skills and theoretical studies.
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.