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Bachelor of Psychological Science
Bachelor of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Psychological Science

  • ID:CDU610055
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.

  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.

  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.

  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.

  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).

  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.

  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

English Requirements

  • IELTS Academic Module :  A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module: A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE):  A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.

  • Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency: A minimum overall grade of B2.

  • Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards):  A minimum overall pass and 55% in Academic English 3. 

Course Information

In the Bachelor of Psychological Science, you will develop an integrated understanding of human behaviour including social-cultural perspective, motivations, health and psychopathology as well as the fundamental premise of psychology as an empirically based science.

Key study areas include:

  • research methods

  • abnormal psychology

  • social-cultural psychology

  • learning and motivation

  • cognitive psychology

  • the biological bases of behaviour

  • introduction to forensic psychology counselling.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science will also prepare you for the Honours program, as well as postgraduate professional coursework or supervised training in psychology.


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Specific requirements

  • Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

  • CUC107Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)

  • Plus either:

  • CUC106Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology OR

  • CUC100Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (new title from 2016)

  • SelectCommon Unitsto find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

  • Compulsory Core units totalling 150 credit points as detailed below. 

  • IAS101Indigenous Australia (replaces IND120 from 2020 which replaced ATI120 from 2016)

  • PSY115Psychological Skills

  • PSY140Introduction to Psychology A

  • PSY141Introduction to Psychology B

  • PSY202Developmental Psychology

  • PSY208Biological Bases of Behaviour

  • PSY209Social-Cultural Psychology

  • PSY245Cognition and Language

  • PSY247Research Design and Analysis

  • PSY305Theories of Personality

  • PSY340Behavioural Therapies (new title from 2016)

  • PSY347Advanced Research Design and Analysis

  • PSY353Abnormal Psychology

  • PSY355Applied Psychology (new title from 2016)

  • Plus either:

  • IAS131Colonising Australia (replaces IND150 from 2020 which replaced ATI150 from 2016)

  • OR

  • IAS144Indigenous Land and Resources (replaces ATI140 from 2020)

  • Select units totalling 30 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

  • PSY143Traumatology - Assessment and Intervention

  • AOD201Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies

  • PSY211Introduction to Forensic Psychology

  • AOD301Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • PSY390Counselling (new title from 2016)

  • Select units totalling 40 credit points may be selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in child and family services, child protection, community health and welfare, drug and alcohol, disability and rehabilitation services, health service management, research and evaluation, policy and planning, human resources management and marketing.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 530 ($) AUD per year

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