The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
95.00
99.95 (Median SR)
95.00
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

Duration

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
Fees

AUD38,695 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

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

UON program code: 40211
CRICOS code: 0100474

Program handbook

Description

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.
  • Demonstrated skills to communicate effectively and professionally in written and/or oral formats to present a competent exposition of knowledge and ideas to various audiences.
  • Well developed cognitive skills to review, analyse and synthesize empirical knowledge to make informed decisions in applied psychology and psychological research.
  • The ability to work collaboratively in psychological research projects applying competent intellectual and research abilities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to ethical principles in professional practice and research.
  • Knowledge and skills in the practice of psychology including topics in therapeutic intervention and psychometric testing.

Details

Information correct as at6 Jun 2020 5:49 pm
Program code40211
Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 3 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Callaghan Campus95.0099.95
Ourimbah95.0099.95

This program is new for 2020, there is currently no commencing student profile available.

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Assumed knowledgeHSC Mathematics Advanced or higher
Recommended studiesHSC Biology or equivalent
Term typeSemesters
Fees
  • International students - AUD38,695 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Science
Contributing schools
  1. School of Psychology
  2. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
  3. School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code0100474

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Admission information

Admission requirements

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 - Band 5 in HSC Mathematics Advanced, or equivalent.

Credit transfer

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.


Professional recognition

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

240 units

Program duration

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

Program requirements

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Advanced) requires the successful completion of exactly 240 units. Students must complete:

170 units of core 

30 units of pathway directed courses* (including up to 10 units of electives**)

10 units of psychology directed courses

30 units of electives**

 

* Students choose their Advanced Directed courses based on previous study. Students who transition into the program having completed SCIE1001 and/or SCIE2002 must complete the Transition Pathway. 

** Electives can include suggested Elective pathways or any unrestricted courses offered within the university.

 

Please note: Students must only complete courses that form part of the program. Students may complete no more than 100 units at 1000 (first year) level. 

 


Program plans

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.


Program structure

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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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
PSYC1000Introductory Research Methods in Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 1
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PSYC1020Psychology Introduction 2
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PSYC1200Foundations of Psychological Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2200Foundations of Psychological Interventions
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2300Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2400Biological Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2500Introduction to Mental Health and Mental Disorders
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PSYC2600Personality and Social Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3000Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3001Advanced Psychological Measurement
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3200Foundations of Applied Neuropsychology
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3301Advanced Perception and Learning in Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3700Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
SCIE3003AAdvanced Transdisciplinary Capstone: Planning and ImplementingNot currently offered10 units
SCIE3003BAdvanced Transdisciplinary Capstone: Implementing and CommunicatingNot currently offered10 units

Standard pathway

To fulfil the requirements of this option complete the 20 units below plus a 10 unit elective.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
SCIE1003Advanced Scientific Thinking
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SCIE2003Advanced Interdisciplinary Challenges
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units

Transition Pathway

To fulfil the requirements of this option complete the 30 units below.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
SCIE1001Professional Scientific Thinking
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
SCIE2002Interdisciplinary Challenges
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
SCIE2004Advanced Case Studies
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units

Psychology Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
PSYC3300Advanced Cognitive PsychologyNot currently offered10 units
PSYC3400Advanced Biological PsychologyNot currently offered10 units
PSYC3500Advanced Health Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3600Advanced Social and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3800Advanced Special Topics in Psychology
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Suggested electives

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.

CodeTitleUnits
ABOR1110Introduction to Aboriginal Studies10 units
CRIM1010Introduction to Criminology10 units
CRIM1020Victimology10 units
CRIM2001Criminal Justice in Practice10 units
CRIM2010Media Criminology10 units
CRIM2020Criminal Psychology10 units
CRIM3001Criminal Justice Placement10 units
CRIM3010Crime, Power and the State20 units
DESN1101Typography Fundamentals10 units
ENVS1003Environmental Values and Ethics10 units
ENVS3005Animal Behaviour10 units
FSHN1030Introduction to the Nutritional, Physical and Psychological Aspects of Wellness10 units
INFO1010Introduction to Information Systems10 units
INFT1000Information Technology in Business10 units
MARI1000Our Oceans10 units
MARI2410Coral Reef Experiences10 units
MNGT1002Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation10 units
MNGT2002Business Venturing10 units
MNGT2003Entrepreneurial and Innovation Diversity10 units
MNGT2004Managing Innovation10 units
MNGT3007Social Entrepreneurship10 units
MNGT3008Advanced Innovation Management10 units
NHIL1005Introduction to Botanical Scientific Drawing10 units
NHIL2004Anatomical and Medical Illustration10 units
PHYS2100Introduction to Astronomy10 units
PSYC3002Work Integrated Learning in Psychology10 units
SCIE3600International Study Experience10 units
SCIM1040Foundations of Science and Technology10 units
SOCA1010Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction10 units
STEC2100Science and Professional Communication10 units

Honours

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.


Additional information

Additional Information (Prospective Students)

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.


International students

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.


Additional support

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.