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Southern Cross University (SCU)

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Bachelor of Psychological Science

  • Bachelor

How do we think and learn? How do we control our movements and behaviour? What makes us tick? Exploration of the human mind is a fascinating field and this degree is an equally fascinating educational journey into behaviour, cognition, and psychological principles and theory.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Course Code
3007244, 071464B, 071464B
Study Mode
In person, Online
International Fees
$29,600 per year / $88,800 total
ATAR
65

About this course

How do we think and learn? How do we control our movements and behaviour? What makes us tick? Exploration of the human mind is a fascinating field and this degree is an equally fascinating educational journey into behaviour, cognition, and psychological principles and theory.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science develops strong analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as proficiency in research and statistics, all of which will inform your ability to apply scientific approaches in professional settings.

Graduates can seek employment in health, social and disability services, youth services, corrective services, armed services, research agencies and education in a range of careers that require critical thinking and an understanding of human psychological factors.

Alternatively, eligible graduates may undertake a fourth year of study by enrolling in the accredited Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours. Completion of this fourth year of study is the minimal educational qualification to apply for conditional registration as a postgraduate intern in psychology in Australia.

Study locations

Gold Coast

Coffs Harbour

Online

What you will learn

The course covers analytical skills in solving human, organisational and community-wide problems; core topics such as social psychology, cross-cultural psychology, abnormal psychology, and biological psychology; competency in the design of research and interpretation of research findings; and a comprehensive understanding of statistical methods.

The structure moves from basic theory to application, with a strong emphasis on acquisition of an understanding of the scientific principles leading to effective professional practice. Some second and third year units involve applied skills (e.g. personal reflection, demonstration of testing methods and other assessment techniques and methods for facilitating behaviour change) while others emphasise areas in experimental psychology, statistics and research methods.

This degree also allows you to combine subjects from diverse disciplines across the University. You can choose elective units or a group of units in a shared major as part of your degree.

Career pathways

This is a pathway to the Honours year for eligible students and to further training for registration as a psychologist.

Psychologists are employed in health, social and disability services, youth services, corrective services, the armed services, research agencies such as the CSIRO, and in education.

Private industry is also a large employer of those with psychology degrees who receive further specialised training for work; in management, human resources and corporate consultancy services.

Course structure

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Psychological Science, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

  • 15 core units (180 credit points); and
  • 1 shared major (96 credit points) and 1 elective (12 credit points) OR 9 elective units (108 credit points) from university wide offerings.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.