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.
Psychological science is a fascinating area which examines the cause of human behaviour. This understanding is then used to solve practical problems that will positively impact the lives of others. As a B Psychological Science/B Business graduate, you might work as a marketing manager researching products and audiences for a global consumer goods company, or be responsible for the creation of a safe and supportive company culture as a human resource officer.
Please note that registration as a psychologist requires completion of an accredited 4th year such as the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) plus postgraduate training in psychology.
This program is conditionally accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Comprehended and applied a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including the following topics: the history and philosophy underpinning the science of psychology and the social, cultural, historical and professional influences on the practice of psychology, individual differences in capacity, behaviour and personality, psychological health and well-being, psychological disorders and evidence-based interventions, learning and memory, cognition, language and perception, motivation and emotion, neuroscience and the biological bases of behaviour, lifespan developmental psychology, social psychology, culturally appropriate psychological assessment and measurement, and research methods and statistics.
- Applied knowledge and skills of psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.
- Analysed and critique theory and research in the discipline of psychology and communicate these in written and oral formats.
- Demonstrated an understanding of appropriate values and ethics in psychology.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills and teamwork.
- Demonstrated self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in psychology.
- Communicated effectively, (a) orally and/or (b) in writing.
- Worked effectively (a) independently and in (b) teams.
- Engaged in critical thinking and analytical problem-solving.
- Demonstrated knowledge of theory, models and concepts relevant to Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Governance, Policy and Political Economy; Human Resource Management; International Business; Leadership and Management; Logistics and Supply Chain Management; Marketing; Sports Management; or Tourism Management.
- Displayed proficiency in the utilisation of information and technology in business.
- Applied broadly business skills that incorporate understanding of ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives.
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|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.
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.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 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, 320 units, comprised of the following:
- 210 units of core courses
- 10 units of psychology directed courses
- 60-70 unit Business major, chosen from the Bachelor of Business program handbook (see note 1)
- 30-40 units of electives (see note 1)
1) Each major in the Bachelor of Business is comprised of a total of 80 units and includes between 10-20 units of core courses. Students who are completing a Marketing major or Leadership and Management major must complete a total of 40 units of electives as both majors include 20 units of core courses. Students completing major that includes 10 units of core courses must complete 30 units of electives.
2) Students who wish to exit the combined program and qualify for one award only will need to ensure that they meet the requirements of the single program by checking the appropriate single program handbook and contacting their Academic Program Advisor at: email@example.com.
3) Students must only complete courses that form part of their program.
4) Electives include any unrestricted courses offered within the university.
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|
|ACFI1001||Accounting for Decision Makers||10 units|
|ACFI1003||Introduction to Finance||10 units|
|ECON1001||Microeconomics for Business Decisions||10 units|
|LEGL1001||Foundations of Law||10 units|
|MKTG1001||Foundations of Marketing||10 units|
|MNGT1001||Introduction to Management||10 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|
|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|
|PSYC3000||Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC3001||Advanced Psychological Measurement||10 units|
|PSYC3200||Foundations of Applied Psychological Science||10 units|
|PSYC3301||Advanced Perception and Learning in Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC3700||Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology||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|
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) and the Bachelor of Business (Honours) for information about admission requirements.
Entry into Honours programs is competitive and meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee that an applicant will be admitted to the program.
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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