The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
99.95 (Median SR)
99.95 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

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 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


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

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020

AUD38,695 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40211
CRICOS code: 0100474

Study psychological science (advanced)

Understanding the science behind human behaviour, the human brain and its effect on the way we act and why form the foundation of psychological science. This fascinating area of study covers a broad range of areas such as memory, decision-making and developmental studies.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Advanced) will not only help you deepen your understanding of theoretical methodologies – but with opportunities to participate in work integrated and project based learning, you’ll develop valuable connections with industry and other professionals to improve employment outcomes when you graduate. This fascinating and evolving field will prepare you to work in a broad range of industries where you can positively impact the lives of others.

Why study with us?

  • Join a high achieving cohort: You will study alongside other high achieving students through a series of courses designed specifically for those with advanced academic capabilities.
  • Unique course design: Our Advanced Psychology program has been uniquely designed to combine professional practice skills courses, research training and work integrated learning. You will have access to guest lectures from practicing psychologists, problem-based workshops and video material to give you well-rounded perspective of the range of areas within psychology.
  • Great projected career growth – according to the department of employment, psychology is predicted to experience very strong job growth over the next four years.
  • We are globally recognised for excellence in scientific research meaning you will learn from award winning academics who are research leaders in their field including Professor Scott Brown who was recently 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.
APAC ? accredited degree

What you will study

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:

  • research methodology
  • statistics
  • cognition and information processing
  • social psychology and personality
  • clinical and abnormal behaviour
  • neuroscience
  • psychopharmacology
  • perceptual processes and learning theory
  • developmental psychology

High achieving students who receive the required marks degree throughout their degree 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.

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 program.

Psychological Science (Honours) program handbook


Expand your career 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.

Related undergraduate degrees

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 the honours year followed by additional postgraduate study after your Bachelor of Psychological Science degree - Master of Clinical Psychology.

Some typical roles include:

  • Careers Counsellor
  • Juvenile Justice Officer
  • Practicing Psychologist

After successful completion of this degree, graduates can:

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

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Advanced) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. APAC 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.

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 and research integrated learning opportunities may include cross-institutional collaboration, Psychology Biomedical Science and HMRI Research labs, the University of Newcastle Psychology Community Clinic and external professional agencies.