The Bachelor of Psychology is ideal for the student who knows they want to work in the industry. By the end of the four-year degree, you will have the basis for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia and enough training and experience to start working right away.
Upon enrolling in the Bachelor of Psychology, you will choose either the science stream or the arts and social sciences stream, depending on your interests. While the psychology units you study are identical for both streams, you might choose to pair them with subjects like Statistics and Neuroscience in the science stream, or Linguistics and Cultural Studies in the arts and social sciences stream, for example.
In the first three years of the course, you will build your specialisation in psychology, studying topics like behavioural neuroscience, social psychology, personality theory, perception, intelligence, abnormal psychology, and developmental psychology. In the fourth year, you will complete an Honours program that includes a research project in a specialised area of psychology that interests you.
Upon graduating, you will be eligible to pursue registration as a psychologist in Australia. For more information on how to become a registered psychologist, see the section below under ‘Professional Accreditation’.
Pathways to Psychology
There are several ways you can study psychology at the University of Sydney.
Our Bachelor of Psychology is a four-year degree (including honours as the fourth year), in which you study our fully accredited psychology program plus a selection of arts or science subjects. After graduating, you will be eligible to pursue registration as a psychologist in Australia. (see above for more detail)
You can also study our accredited psychology program within the three-year Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Arts; or combined four-year Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies. After completing the psychology program you are eligible to apply for honours in psychology which is necessary to enable you to pursue registration as a psychologist.
The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science also offers a major in psychology. An additional honours year is available to meritorious students who wish to purse registration as a psychologist.
Your third option is to study the non-accredited Behavioural Sciences major, which is also available within the Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Arts; and the combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies.
Applying for Honours
The Bachelor of Psychology includes a fourth year honours course that involves specialised individual research. This fourth year of honours is essential if you intend to apply for postgraduate study that will lead to registration as a professional psychologist. In order to progress successfully into the honours year of the Bachelor of Psychology, you must satisfy the minimum progression requirements expected of students in this course.
The honours year in the Bachelor of Psychology will allow you to explore your research potential and allow you to put the theory from your previous studies into practice.
During honours, you will design a project in a specialised area of psychology, and undertake your project under the supervision of an academic staff member.
The specialised areas offered in the psychology honours program include clinical, cognition, developmental, health, learning, method, neuroscience, perception, personality and intelligence, and social psychology. Please note that the areas available may differ from year to year.
Please note that places in this course are limited and subject to strict enrolment quotas.