Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units). Find out more about feesAUD 40,630 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units). Find out more about fees
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.
The University of Newcastle's Bachelor of Psychological Science (Advanced) is for those who are interested in understanding how people think, feel and behave. This degree is for those that are inspired to build new knowledge and discover new things. You will learn from leading psychologists who will guide you through a tailored program, specifically designed to give you the skills that employers are seeking. You will have the opportunity to extend your knowledge and deepen your critical thinking skills through advanced coursework and a major project. You’ll be able to follow your passions, and customise your study with a wide range of disciplinary choices. Our guidance and mentoring give you the confidence to know you’re heading where you want to with your career in psychology. You’ll begin the important process of establishing the professional networks that will be critical throughout your career. You’ll have authentic opportunities to work with industry and in research whilst you study. By the time you finish your studies, you will have the practical skills to make a difference in the world and contribute new solutions to the many scientific challenges we face.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Demonstrated broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and concepts in the discipline of psychology.
- Communicated effectively and professionally in written and/or oral formats to present a competent exposition of knowledge and ideas to various audiences.
- Used well developed cognitive skills to review, analyse and synthesise empirical knowledge to make informed decisions in applied psychology and psychological research.
- Worked collaboratively in psychological research projects applying competent intellectual and research abilities.
- Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to ethical principles in professional practice and research.
- Demonstrated developing knowledge and skills in the practice of psychology including topics in therapeutic intervention and psychometric testing.
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Level 7 Bachelor Degree
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This program is new for 2021, there is currently no commencing student profile available.
|Assumed knowledge||HSC Mathematics Advanced or equivalent|
|Recommended studies||HSC Biology or equivalent|
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and International students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for International students can be found here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
Additional selection criteria
- Previous Studies - An admission rank cut-off of 95.00, or equivalent.
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 the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
Students who complete the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Advanced) will have completed a three year accredited sequence. Please note that an accredited 4th year is required for Bachelor of Psychological Science (Advanced) graduates who might consider seeking provisional registration with the Psychologists Board of Australia.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
Students are required to complete a total of, but no more than, 240 units, comprised of the following:
- 190 units of core courses
- 10 unit psychology directed course
- 40 units of electives
Please note: Students must only complete courses that form part of the program. Electives include any unrestricted courses offered within the university. Students may complete no more than 100 units at 1000 level.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
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From 2021 there are changes to the program. For students who commenced the program prior to 2021, please refer to the 2021 Transition Arrangements in the Additional Documents section for more information.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|PSYC1000||Introductory Research Methods in Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC1010||Psychology Introduction 1||10 units|
|PSYC1020||Psychology Introduction 2||10 units|
|PSYC1200||Foundations of Psychological Practice||10 units|
|SCIE1003||Advanced Scientific Thinking||10 units|
|STAT1070||Statistics for the Sciences||10 units|
|PSYC2200||Foundations of Psychological Interventions||10 units|
|PSYC2300||Cognitive Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC2400||Biological Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC2500||Introduction to Mental Health and Mental Disorders||10 units|
|PSYC2600||Personality and Social Psychology||10 units|
|SCIE2003||Advanced Interdisciplinary Challenges||10 units|
|PSYC3000||Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC3001||Advanced Psychological Measurement||10 units|
|PSYC3200||Foundations of Applied Neuropsychology||10 units|
|PSYC3301||Advanced Perception and Learning in Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC3700||Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology||10 units|
|SCIE3003A||Advanced Transdisciplinary Capstone: Planning and Implementing||10 units|
|SCIE3003B||Advanced Transdisciplinary Capstone: Implementing and Communicating||10 units|
Psychology Directed Courses
Complete 10 units from the following directed courses.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|PSYC3300||Advanced Cognitive Psychology||Not currently offered||10 units|
|PSYC3400||Advanced Biological Psychology||Not currently offered||10 units|
|PSYC3500||Advanced Health Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC3600||Advanced Social and Organisational Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC3800||Advanced Special Topics in Psychology||10 units|
Complete 40 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them. However, the Faculty suggests the following course options that may complement your program or major.
A full list of courses that are available to study as an elective can be found in the course handbook.
An Honours year is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements. Please refer to the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) program handbook for information about admission requirements.
All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.
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.
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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online.
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