Undergraduate degree Bachelor of Psychological Science
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Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.3 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 2 (19 Jul 2021), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
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CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 095149D
Program Code40099
Selection Rank
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62.00
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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.

Currently enrolled, continuing students looking for the previous version of this program should refer back to the: Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (pre 2018)

Program handbook

Description

The University of Newcastle's Bachelor of Psychological Science 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’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:

  • 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.

Details

Information correct as at11 May 2021 6:53 pm
Program code40099
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

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

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Assumed knowledgeHSC Mathematics Advanced or equivalent
Recommended studiesHSC Biology or equivalent
Term typeSemesters
Fees
  • International students - AUD40,380 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
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CRICOS Code095149D

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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.

The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0. Please be aware that the current standard English language competency for registration as a practitioner in your discipline in 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.


Professional recognition

Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Students who complete the first three years and graduate with a Bachelor of Psychological Science will have completed a three year accredited sequence. Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science seeking provisional registration with the Psychologists Board of Australia are required to undertake an accredited 4th year, the University of Newcastle offers the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).


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

Students are required to complete a total of, but no more than, 240 units, comprised of the following:

  • 150 units of core courses
  • 20 units of science directed courses
  • 20 units of psychology directed courses
  • 50 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. In addition the program must include:

  • No more than 100 units at 1000 level.
  • At least 40 units at 2000 level.
  • At least 60 units at 3000 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.

Additional documents


Transition arrangements

2021 Revision

From 2021 the following courses have been removed from the science directed courses: BIOL2020, ENVS1000, MATH1210, MATH2005, PHYS1150, and STEC2100. Students who commenced the program prior to 2021 and have completed these courses can count up to 20 units towards their science directed courses.

2020 Revision

From 2020 PSYC4100 was replaced by PSYC4300. STAT2000 was removed as a core course and replaced with a science directed course. PSYC3600 was removed as a core course and replaced with a psychology directed course. For students who commenced the program prior to 2020, please refer to the 2020 Transition Arrangements in the Additional Documents section for more information.

Please note, those commencing in 2020 should take a minimum of 60 units at 3000 level. 


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.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
PSYC1000Introductory Research Methods in Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 1
  • Summer 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
PSYC1020Psychology Introduction 2
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
PSYC1200Foundations of Psychological Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2200Foundations of Psychological Interventions
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2300Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2400Biological Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2500Introduction to Mental Health and Mental Disorders
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
PSYC2600Personality and Social Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3000Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3001Advanced Psychological Measurement
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3200Foundations of Applied Psychological Science
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3301Advanced Perception and Learning in Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3700Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units

Science Directed Courses

Complete 20 units from the following directed courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
BIOL1001Molecules, Cells and Organisms
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Winter - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
BIOL1002Organisms to Ecosystems
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
BIOL1003Professional Skills for Biological Sciences 1
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL1040Introduction to Biology INot currently offered10 units
CHEM1010Introductory Chemistry I
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Winter - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
CHEM1020Introductory Chemistry II
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
CHEM1110Chemistry for the Life Sciences I
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
CHEM1120Chemistry for the Life Sciences II
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS1001Environmental Science Concepts and Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS1003Environmental Values and Ethics
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS1004Social Development and the Environment
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
EXSS1010Foundations of Exercise and Sport ScienceNot currently offered10 units
FSHN1030Introduction to the Nutritional, Physical and Psychological Aspects of Wellness
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
GEOG1020Introduction to Human Geography
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOG1030Global Poverty and Development
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS1040Earth: The Dynamic Planet
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS1050Earth Processes and Products
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
MARI1000Our Oceans
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
MATH1001Preparatory Studies in Mathematics
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1002Foundational Studies in Mathematics
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1110Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (UNCIE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (BCA Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1120Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 2
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1510Discrete Mathematics
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS1200Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS1210Advanced Physics I
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC1800Sex, Drugs and Serial Killers
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
SCIE1001Professional Scientific Thinking
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
SCIE1002Multidisciplinary Laboratories
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
CRIM2020Criminal Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS2004Ecology
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2008The Sustainable Society
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
EXSS2030Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
FSHN2060Food Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
GEOG2080Cities and Regions
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOG2130Geographies of Development
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS2100Introduction to Astronomy
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC2505Foundations of Psychology and Sociology for Health Professionals
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
PSYC2800Special Topics in Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
SCIE2019Astrobiology: Life Beyond our Planet
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
STAT2000Applied Statistics and Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS3005Animal Behaviour
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units

Psychology Directed Courses

Complete 20 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 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
PSYC3600Advanced Social and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3800Advanced Special Topics in Psychology
  • Summer 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units

Electives

Complete 50 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.

50 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
ABOR1370Working with Aboriginal Communities10 units
ABOR1420Communicating with Aboriginal People Across Genres10 units
COMP1010Computing Fundamentals10 units
CRIM1010Introduction to Criminology10 units
CRIM1020Victimology10 units
CRIM2001Criminal Justice in Practice10 units
CRIM2010Media Criminology10 units
CRIM2030Criminology in the Legal Context10 units
CRIM3001Criminal Justice Placement10 units
CRIM3010Crime, Power and the State20 units
DESN1101Typography10 units
EXSS3030Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport10 units
INFO1010Introduction to Information Systems10 units
INFT1000Information Technology in Business10 units
INFT1004Introduction to Programming10 units
MNGT1002Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation10 units
MNGT2004Managing Innovation10 units
MNGT3007Social Entrepreneurship10 units
MNGT3008Advanced Innovation Management10 units
PSYC3002Work Integrated Learning in Psychology10 units
SCIE2001Professional Employment Skills10 units
SCIE2222Science of Surfing Performance10 units
SCIE2223Weather and Waves10 units
SCIE3600International Study Experience10 units
SOCA1010Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction10 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

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.

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