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Duration5 years full-time.5 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 7.0, IELTS section minimum - 7.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 106658K
Program Code40290
Selection Rank
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- (Median SR)
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Entry requirements

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.

For additional information about this degree you can refer to the page for the corresponding single degree:
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined

Program handbook

Description

Within this combined degree program, students study a combination of psychological science and law courses over a period of five years full-time. On completion of the first three years students will have completed all the required courses for the Bachelor of Psychological Science degree. In the final two years of the combined degree program students complete the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and may enrol in these two years on a less than full time basis.

Students completing this combined degree meet the academic requirement to practise law in NSW, and acquire skills and knowledge through their psychological science studies. 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. Students wishing to practise Law must also complete postgraduate professional training approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board. Alternatively, students completing this degree may apply for entry to the Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice program which allows immediate admission to legal practice on graduation.

This program is conditionally accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Commencement in this program is only available in Semester 1. Due to timetabling issues this program is not available for a Semester 2 commencement.


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.
  • Lateral thinking skills to solve legal problems through the range of available dispute resolution mechanisms
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills
  • Skills to recognise the importance of acting as a professional advocate for the rule of law
  • Professional skills to apply the maintenance and reform of the legal system
  • Skills to uphold the highest ethical standards in discharging responsibilities to clients, other professionals, the courts and the public
  • Skills to understand, evaluate and critically reflect upon the interaction of law and society
  • Capacity to recognise Law as a dynamic discipline requiring professional lifelong learning and skill development
  • 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.
  • The capacity to provide professional advice, based on specialised knowledge of law and its application in diverse contexts, to employers, government and individual clients
  • The technical and cognitive skills required to plan and conduct advanced legal research tasks working independently and in collaboration with others
  • Critical thinking skills to analyse the formation , content and operation of the law

Details

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Program code40290
AQF level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 5 years full-time.
  • International students - 5 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Newcastle City PrecinctNew-

This program is new for 2022, there is currently no commencing student profile available.

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Assumed knowledgeHSC Mathematics Advanced or equivalent HSC English Standard or higher
Recommended studiesHSC Biology or equivalent HSC English (Advanced)
Term typeSemesters
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    CRICOS Code106658K

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    Admission information

    Admission requirements

    The combined Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is a 400-unit undergraduate qualification.

    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.

    Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 7.0 with no subtest result below 7.0.

    Please be aware that the current standard English language competency for registration as a practitioner in your discipline in the most states of Australia is IELTS 7.0.


    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.


    Academic requirements for program completion

    Total units required

    400 units

    Program duration

    5 years full-time.

    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

    Students are required to complete a total of, but no more than, 400 units, comprised of the following:

    • 310 units of core courses
    • 80 units of laws directed courses
    • 10 unit psychology directed course

    Please note: Students must only complete courses that form part of the 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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    Psychological Science Core Courses

    Complete the following 150 units of core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    PSYC1000Introductory Research Methods in Psychology
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 1
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
    10 units
    PSYC1020Psychology Introduction 2
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC1200Foundations of Psychological Practice
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
    • Summer 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC2200Foundations of Psychological Interventions
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC2300Cognitive Psychology
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC2400Biological Psychology
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC2500Introduction to Mental Health and Mental Disorders
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
    10 units
    PSYC2600Personality and Social Psychology
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC3000Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC3001Advanced Psychological Measurement
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC3200Foundations of Applied Psychological Science
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC3301Advanced Perception and Learning in Psychology
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC3700Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
    10 units

    Laws Core Courses

    Complete the following 160 units of core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    LAWS1010Legal System and Method I
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS1011Legal System and Method II
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS1020Torts I
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS1021Torts II
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS2030Criminal Law and Procedure
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS3040Contracts I
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS3041Contracts II
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4001Constitutional Law
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4002Administrative Law
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4003Civil Dispute Resolution
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4004Evidence
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4005Company Law
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4007Professional Conduct
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4010Equity and Trusts
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4011Property
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS4012Public International Law
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units

    Psychological Science Directed Courses

    Complete 10 units from the following directed courses.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    PSYC3300Advanced Cognitive Psychology
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC3400Advanced Biological PsychologyNot currently offered10 units
    PSYC3500Advanced Health Psychology
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
    10 units
    PSYC3600Advanced Social and Organisational PsychologyNot currently offered10 units
    PSYC3800Advanced Special Topics in Psychology
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
    10 units

    Laws Directed Courses

    Choose 80 units from the following Laws directed course list to fulfil the requirements of this program

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    LAWS5005Advanced Legal Research and WritingNot currently offered10 units
    LAWS5010Environmental Law
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS5013Health LawNot currently offered10 units
    LAWS5016Law Review
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS5039Internet LawNot currently offered10 units
    LAWS6017Family Law
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS6019International Human Rights LawNot currently offered10 units
    LAWS6023JurisprudenceNot currently offered10 units
    LAWS6024Employment Law
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS6037International Environment Law and PolicyNot currently offered10 units
    LAWS6038Law and Economics of Climate Change
    • Winter - 2022 (Online)
    • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
    10 units
    LAWS6050Commercial Dispute Resolution
    • Winter - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS6091Special Interest Topic
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    LAWS6099Sport and the LawNot currently offered10 units
    LAWS6103International ArbitrationNot currently offered10 units
    LAWS6106Advanced Communication SkillsNot currently offered10 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) 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.


    Additional information

    Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

    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 College 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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