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Bachelor of Psychology

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Overview

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.

Majors

You are required to choose either the Arts and Social Sciences stream or the Science stream at enrolment which will determine your majors and subject selection. Arts and Social Sciences stream: You will choose the Psychology major and complete a major from the Bachelor of Arts (Table A). Science stream: You will choose the Psychology major and complete science units from the disciplines below.

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Psychology may be undertaken full-time over four years or part-time over eight years. Full-time students enrol in units of study to the value of 48 credit points ( cp ) in each year.

All students complete core studies in psychology from a defined pool of units each year comprising a minimum 12cp of junior units, a minimum 24cp of intermediate units, and a minimum 30cp of senior units in psychology. You must achieve a minimum 65 percent in first year and maintain a minimum average mark of 75 percent in second and third years to proceed to the honours year in psychology, which comprises a research project of 48cp for the award of the degree.

In addition to your psychology studies, the course offers a choice of two streams. The arts and social sciences stream caters for students whose interests lie in the humanities and social sciences, while the science stream caters for those who are more interested in sciences. Rounding out your studies, you will have the opportunity to complete additional electives in arts or science in both streams.

Degree sample: Bachelor of Psychology

Year Sem Unit of study
1 1 Psychology Maths Elective Minor
  2 Psychology Elective Elective Minor
2 1 Statistics and Research Brain and Behavioural Psychology Elective Minor
  2 Personality and Social Psychology Perception, Cognition and Intelligence Elective Minor
3 1 Advanced Statistics for Psychology Psychology Elective* Elective Minor
  2 Psychology Elective* Psychology Elective* Psych 4000-level Minor
4 1 Honours Honours Honours Honours
  2 Honours Honours Honours Honours

*Psych disciplines include: social, cognitive, behaviour, perceptual systems, statistics, personality, developmental, abnormal, application, psychiatry, neuroscience.

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge depends on subjects chosen.

Mathematics is assumed knowledge for students undertaking the science pathway of this course.

From 2019, Mathematics (Band 4 or higher) will be a prerequisite. The assumed knowledge will still apply

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in Australia. For details including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Course opportunities

The course includes opportunities to participate in the University's Study Abroad and Exchange Program, the Science Link-Up and Mentoring (SLAM) Program and the Science Talented Student Program (entry by invitation from the Dean of Science), and opportunities specific to majors or subject areas, such as the Year in Industry program offered by the School of Chemistry.

 

Professional accreditation

To meet the requirements for registration as a psychologist in Australia, you first need to complete a four-year tertiary program in psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. You are then eligible to apply for provisional registration, which is necessary to complete the professional training required for full registration.

Full registration requires at least two years of postgraduate study in professional psychology; or one year of postgraduate study in professional psychology plus one year of approved internships; or two years of approved internships.

Full registration as a professional psychologist in Australia and approval of internships is overseen by the Psychology Board of Australia.

You can gain full registration by completing the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Sydney.

Graduate opportunities

After three years of study (our psychology program or the Behavioural Sciences major)

While not sufficient for registration as a psychologist, a three-year degree will provide opportunities in diverse career fields such as advertising, market research, marketing, public relations, science journalism and public policy.

After four years of study (honours in psychology)

As well as allowing you to pursue registration as a psychologist, completing honours in psychology opens the door to a wide variety of careers. Honours graduates have the necessary training to work in schools, hospitals, prisons, human resources, developmental disabilities, and various social policy areas in the private and public sectors.

Watch graduate Amanda Green talk about her work as a clinical psychologist and how she got there.

Career information for UAC

Clinical psychologist (with further study); neuroscientist; organisational psychologist; market researcher; advertising executive; social psychology researcher; learning and attention researcher.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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