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Bachelor of Psychological Science
Bachelor of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Psychological Science

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

Entry Requirements

Prerequisites: English, English as an Additional Language, Literature or English & Literature Extension (Units 3&4, C).

English Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0

  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL

  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)

  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)

  • OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)

  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old

Course Information

The Bachelor of Psychological Science will give you a thorough grounding in clinical, developmental, biological, cognitive, social and organisational psychology.

You will learn how to:

  • apply psychological theories to topics such as thinking and perceiving, motivation, stress, health, criminal activity, and group behaviour;
  • evaluate and understand tests that measure intellectual, behavioural and emotional states;
  • use interpersonal skills and the principles of counselling to help people with personal, health, vocational and social difficulties.

As an International student, you will receive dedicated support from your arrival in Australia through to your departure after graduation. You will be introduced to Griffith through an orientation program, and receive ongoing social, personal and academic support throughout your degree.

Honours is available through an additional year of study at the Gold Coast or Mt Gravatt campus.


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Year 1

You must complete the following courses:

  • Introduction to Psychology 1 - 1001PSY

  • Interpersonal Skills - 1008PSY

  • Psychology in Professional Contexts - 1011PSY

  • Listed and/or Free-choice electives

  • Introduction to Psychology 2 - 1002PSY

  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology - 1003PSY

  • Counselling Skills - 1018PSY

  • Listed and/or Free-choice electives

Year 2

You must complete the following courses:

  • Experimental Design and Analysis - 2000PSY

  • Lifespan Development - 3011PSY (offered in 2017 only)

  • Developmental Psychology - 2015PSY (offered from 2018)

  • Biological Psychology - 2007PSY

  • Listed and/or Free-choice electives (see Note 1)

  • Social and Cultural Psychology - 2008PSY

  • Cognitive Psychology - 2006PSY

  • Group Facilitation and Coaching Skills - 2018PSY

  • Listed and/or Free-choice electives

Note 1: Students entering the program in Year 2 and are required to undertake the English Language Enhancement course must complete 5902LHS in their first trimester of study in place of one elective course.

Year 3

You must complete the following courses:

  • Survey Design and Analysis - 3003PSY

  • Behaviour Change Skills - 3018PSY

  • Listed and/or Free-choice electives (see Note 1)

  • Psychological Assessment of Individual Differences - 3006PSY

  • Abnormal Psychology - 3009PSY

Note 1: Students must complete at least 20 credit points of listed and/or free-choice electives at third year level.


High-achieving students who meet certain criteria are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) (2004) or Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) (2033).

Listed electives

  • Workplace Psychology - 2004PSY

  • Applied Psychology - 1021PSY

  • Personality Psychology - 2016PSY

  • Career Psychology and Counselling - 2020PSY

  • Counselling Theory and Practice - 3005PSY

  • Positive Psychology - 1010PSY

  • Health Psychology - 2010PSY

  • Adult Development and Ageing - 3012PSY

  • Cognitive Neuropsychology - 3019PSY

  • Psychological Perspectives on Cultural Diversity - 3033PSY

  • Adolescent Development - 3021PSY

Free-choice electives

You may select free-choice electives from the list below or any Undergraduate free-choice elective/s offered across the University provided pre-requisites are met. If you require guidance please liaise with your Program Director.

When selecting a course, you are required to check the trimester/year of offering, campus of offer, and mode of offer. If the course is an in-person offering, you must be able to attend classes on the campus of offer. Some courses outside the School of Applied Psychology may require permission from the Course Convenor.

  • Human Services Structures - 1006HSV

  • Applied Psychology - 1021PSY

  • Linguistics 1A - Introduction to the Study of Language I - 1001LHS (not offered from 2022)

  • First Peoples - 1088LHS

  • Introduction to Politics - 1101GIR

  • Introduction to Health Promotion - 1977MED

  • Psychological Perspectives on Cultural Diversity - 3033PSY

  • First Peoples and Social Justice - 2032HSV

  • Sociology of Identity - 2143LHS

  • Nutrition - 2210AHS

  • Priorities and Interventions in Public Health - 2209MED

  • Developmental and Life Course Criminology - 3025CCJ

  • Race, Crime and Justice - 3016CCJ

  • Youth Justice - 3015CCJ

  • Children and Youth - 3013HSV

  • Child and Youth Mental Health - 3936NRS

  • Exercise and Sport Psychology - 3009AHS

  • The Future of Work - 1007GBS

  • First Peoples Health and Practice - 3121MED

  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice - 1013CCJ

  • Social Problems - Inequality and (In)justice - 1008CCJ (Tri 3: Online)

  • Criminology Skills - 1011CCJ

  • Sociology of Crime - 2007CCJ

  • Business Decision-Making - 1008GBS

  • Community Internship and Partnerships for SDGs - 3002LFC

  • Self-Marketing - 3029MKT

  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology - 1010CCJ (Tri 3 online only)

  • Homicide - 1014CCJ (Tri 3 online only)

  • Human Services Processes - 1007HSV

  • Introduction to Social Theory - 1014HSV

  • Equity and Diversity - 1028HSV

  • Language, Culture and Society - 1402LHS

  • Music, Mind and Brain - 3105QCM

  • Victimology - 2014CCJ

  • Crime and Media - 2013CCJ

  • Working in Organisations - 2031HSV

  • Community Practice Approaches - 2010HSV

  • Childhood: Early Years - 2026HSV

  • Sociology of Youth - 2026LHS

  • Fraud and Cybercrime - 3026CCJ

  • Informing Decision Making in Dementia Care - 3981NRS

  • Foundations of Academic Writing - 1019LHS (online only)

  • Ideas, Issues and Inquiry - 1061LHS (not offered from 2021)

  • Health Challenges for the 21st Century - 1205MED

  • Psychology of Crime - 2000CCJ (Tri 3: Online)

  • Gender, Crime and Justice - 2015CCJ

  • Punishment, Justice and Reform - 3006CCJ

  • Engaging with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Business Communities - 3100AFE

  • Essential Skills for the New Health Professional - 3025MSC

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

As a Bachelor of Psychological Science graduate you will be prepared for careers in counselling, guidance, health management, social research, human services, social welfare and other related fields. You may also be eligible for entry into a range of postgraduate degrees in areas such as speech pathology, social work, rehabilitation counselling, forensic mental health, criminology and criminal justice, human services, mental health practice, disability studies, health research, and business research.

Psychological science graduates are employed in a wide range of occupations and industries including in community corrections, in business as performance and workforce managers and occupational psychologists, in marketing, in the police service and defence forces, and in schools as guidance officers.

To practice as a psychologist in Australia, you must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. To be eligible for registration, you must complete the Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours. As a graduate with honours, you will be eligible for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society and provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. For full registration, you will need to complete a further two years of approved postgraduate study or supervised practice (on-the-job training) with a registered psychologist.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 609 ($) AUD per year

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