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Psychology (major in Behavioural Sciences)

Program

There are several ways you can study Psychology at the University of Sydney.

Download the Psychology Study information guide for details of the options available to you.

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviours and mental processes by investigating the way we behave as individuals and as social beings, interrogating the way we act and the way we think, and exploring our interaction with the physical world and with each other. The undergraduate Psychology program forms an ideal base if you want to pursue registration as a clinical psychologist, and offers you study options in a wide range of specialist psychology areas. 

In this program you will study a range of areas including behavioural neuroscience, social psychology, personality theory, perception, intelligence, abnormal psychology and developmental psychology.

The three-year program can be extended by adding a fourth year of Honours in Psychology. With four years of accredited psychology study you will have the necessary qualification to be eligible for entry into all professional psychology programs that qualify you to become a clinical psychologist.

About this program

Sample plan:
Bachelor of Science; Psychology program

Year 

 Sem 

Unit of study 

Unit of study

Unit of study

Unit of study

 1

 1

Psychology

Science elective

Mathematics

Minor/ Major 2

 

 2

Psychology

Science elective

Mathematics

Minor/ Major 2

2

1

Statistics and Research Methods for Psychology

Brain and behaviour

Open Learning Environment (OLE) unit

Minor/ Major 2

 

2

Cognitive and Social Psychology

Personality and Psychology Assessment 1

Open Learning Environment (OLE) unit

Minor/ Major 2

3

1

Psychology selective*

Psychology selective*

Minor/ Major 2

Elective/ Major 2

 

2

Psychology selective*

Advanced Statistics for Psychology

Minor/ Major 2

Elective/ Major 2

* Psychology selective units: Learning and Behaviour; Cognition, Language and Thought; Personality and Intelligence 2; Social Psychology or Abnormal Psychology or Psychology and Psychiatry: History and Philosophy; Perceptual Systems or Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience or Developmental Psychology or Applications of Psychological Science.

Graduate opportunities

The Psychology program is designed to both meet the requirements for accreditation so that students can engage in further training to become registered and practicing psychologists and/or to engage in higher degree research in one or more of the areas of Psychological Science.

Career pathways

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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