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 have enough training and experience to start working right away. As well as achieving the basis for provisional registration, you can take up positions in areas such as schools, hospitals, prisons, human resources, developmental disabilities and various social policy areas in the private and public sectors. If you would like to have full registration as a professional psychologist, the degree will allow you to continue into professional psychology programs, such as the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, which will qualify you to become a clinical psychologist.
For more information on how to become a registered psychologist, see the section below on Further Study.
Bachelor of Psychology (Science) stream
Major in Psychology Other Science areas of study: Agricultural Chemistry, Anatomy and Histology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biology, Cell Pathology, Chemistry, Computational Science, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Financial Mathematics and Statistics, Geography, Geology and Geophysics, History and Philosophy of Science, Immunobiology, Information Systems, Marine Biology, Marine Geoscience, Marine Science, Mathematics, Medicinal Chemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Nanoscience and Technology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, Plant Science, Soil Science, Statistics Bachelor of Psychology (Arts and Social Sciences) stream
Major in Psychology Major in one of the Arts and Social Sciences areas: American Studies, Ancient History, Anthropology, Arab World, Islam and the Middle East, Arabic Language and Literature, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biblical Studies, Celtic Studies, Chinese Studies, Cultural Studies, Digital Cultures, Economics, English, European Studies, Film Studies, French Studies, Gender Studies, Germanic Studies, Government and International Relations, Greek (Ancient), Hebrew (Classical), Hebrew (Modern), History, Indigenous Australian Studies, Indonesian Studies, International and Comparative Literary Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture, Korean Studies, Latin, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Modern Greek Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Economy, Sanskrit (Indian Sub-Continental Studies), Social Policy, Socio-Legal Studies, Sociology, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Studies in Religion
Please note that places in this course are limited and subject to strict enrolment quotas.
Watch Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) graduate, Amanda Green, talk about her career as a clinical psychologist and how she got there.
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.