Students commencing from 2016 should refer to the handbook for our new program:
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.
Bachelor of Psychology
Information correct as at
10th Feb 2016 2:04pm
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 4 years full time or part time equivalent.
International - 4 years full time.
Relevant University rules and policies
We often make assumptions about people and about the way they behave. Psychology provides us with the scientific basis to challenge those assumptions. It is a diverse discipline that investigates everything from the structure and function of brain cells through to the behaviour of people in social groups.
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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, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution if they were completed within the previous 10 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University.
Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
Psychology Board of Australia (under AHPRA)
Students who complete the four year program requirements are currently eligible to apply for provisional registration with the Psychologists Board of Australia.
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
4 years full time or part time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
The degree is completed over four years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time) and requires students to pass courses totaling 320 units comprising of:
CORE COURSES (260 units)
DIRECTED COURSES (20 units)
- BIOLOGY - 10 units chosen from either BIOL1001 or BIOL1040
- PSYCHOLOGY - 10 units of 3000 level Psychology selected from: PSYC3300, PSYC3400, PSYC3500, PSYC3501 (Please note not all of the above courses are available each year.)
ELECTIVES (40 units) - electives can be chosen from any non-restricted courses offered by the University.
- Students commencing from 2012 onwards require a GPA of 5 over all 2000 and 3000 level PSYC courses and STAT2000 to gain entry into the 4th year of the program.
- Students must complete ALL 1000, 2000 and 3000 level courses before attempting 4000 level courses.
- A maximum of 100 units is permitted at 1000 level.
- Most second and third year courses require previous study in specific courses.
Students commencing 4th year in 2015 who meet the minimum GPA requirement will be transferred into the new B Psychology (Honours) degree (Program Code 12362). Students who commence 4th year in 2014 and enrol part time over 2014/2015 will remain in the current program and be awarded a degree according to the current degree rules of B Psychology (Program Code 11394). Students who are entering or continuing years 1, 2 and 3 of the degree in 2015 will be transferred into the new B Psychology (Honours) degree.
Students who commenced the B Psychology program (Program Code 11394) prior to 2012 will only be transferred to the new B Psychology (Honours) degree (Program Code 12362) if they meet the minimum entry requirement for 4th year which is a GPA of 5.0 over all 2000 and 3000 level Psych courses and STAT2000. Students who commenced prior to 2012 and who fail to meet this minimum GPA requirement will remain in the old B Psychology program. Due to the old 4000 level courses being discontinued from 2015, these students will undertake the 4000 level courses in the ungraded undergraduate honours stream of the new B Psychology (Honours) degree but will be awarded an ordinary B Psychology degree upon completion.
For students who commenced in the Bachelor of Psychology prior to 2012 but who have not completed INFO1010 may choose to complete either INFO1010 or PSYC1000 as a core course.
Students who commenced the program from 2012 will be required to complete PSYC1000 and 40 units of electives (chosen from any non-restricted courses offered by the University)
Students who commenced the program prior to 2012 will be require will be required to complete 20 units of General Directed Courses and 20 units of electives.
Students who commenced prior to 2012 must consult with their Program Advisor to determine what course they require to finish their program.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|PHIL1060||Intro to Philosophy of Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC1000||Introductory Research Methods in Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC1010||Psychology Introduction 1||10 units|
|PSYC1020||Psychology Introduction 2||10 units|
|PSYC1200||Pre-Professional Psychology 1||10 units|
|STAT1070||Statistics for the Sciences||10 units|
|PSYC2200||Pre-Professional Psychology II||10 units|
|PSYC2300||Cognitive Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC2400||Biological Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC2500||Introduction to Abnormal Behaviour||10 units|
|PSYC2600||Personality and Social Psychology||10 units|
|STAT2000||Applied Statistics and Research Methods||10 units|
|PSYC3000||Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC3001||Advanced Psychological Measurement||10 units|
|PSYC3200||Pre-Professional Psychology III||10 units|
|PSYC3301||Advanced Perception and Learning in Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC3600||Advanced Social and Organisational Psychology||10 units|
|PSYC3700||Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology||10 units|
Students are required to take either the Pass Level stream or Honours Level stream. Requirements for entry to the Honours stream are specified under Honours, below.
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.
The degree shall be conferred as an Ordinary Degree with Distinction where the performance of a candidate has reached a standard determined by the Faculty, except that, where the performance of a candidate has reached a standard determined by the Faculty to be of sufficient merit, the degree shall be conferred with Honours.
Entry into the Honours stream at 4th year requires the completion of the 240 units of core, directed and elective courses in the first 3 years of the BPsych program and a minimum GPA of 5.5 calculated on all courses contributing to the BPsych program up to completion of 3rd year and including the grade associated with courses granted as credit. Where a student has received credit for prior study only those units completed at the University of Newcastle will be included in the GPA calculation.
There shall be three classes of Honours, namely Class I (First Class Honours), Class II (Class II Division I or Class II Division II), and Class III (Third Class Honours).Calculation of Honours Awards:
Class I: GPA of 6.0 or more in the 3000/4000/5000 level courses undertaken and an average mark of 85 or over for the 40 unit Research Project.
Class II Division I (either option 1 or 2):
- Option 1. GPA of 6.0 or more in the 3000/4000/5000 level courses undertaken and an average mark of 75 or over for the 40 unit Research Project.
- Option 2. GPA of 5.5 or more in the 3000/4000/5000 level courses undertaken and an average mark of 85 or over for the 40 unit Research Project.
Class II Division II: GPA of 5.5 or more in the 3000/4000/5000 level courses undertaken and an average mark of 65 or over for the 40 unit Research Project. Class III: a GPA of at least 4.0 calculated on all graded 3000/4000/5000 courses, an average mark of 50 or over in the Research Component and have passed all 3000/4000/5000 courses of their approved program on the first attempt.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided 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. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.