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Start date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBPU

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 26,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
036236E

Key features

  • No. 1 in SA for psychology research1.
  • Gain industry experience through a work placement in your final year.
  • Be taught by leaders in research, at a university that is recognised for its world-class research in psychology1.
  • Gain a well-respected qualification that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  • Continue your studies to become a professional clinical psychologist.
  • Gain an additional qualification when you study this as a double degree.

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Snapshot

Snapshot

This degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to embark on a fulfilling career in psychology.

Designed and taught by world-class researchers in the field of psychological science, the curriculum is relevant, up-to-date and informed by the research of our academics. You will graduate with:

  • an understanding of the theoretical basis of psychology
  • critical and analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to manage data
  • the ability to use and produce research

You can expand your employment options by combining your Bachelor of Psychological Science degree with another degree. With just one year of extra study you can graduate with a double degree. Double degree options include Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services), Bachelor of Human Movement, or Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management). You can discuss the possibilities with the Campus Central.

Why Bachelor of Psychological Science

Why this Degree

You will be taught by world-class researchers in their field, at a university that has been ranked number one in the state for research in psychology1.

Studying this degree will see you graduate industry-ready; during your final year you will complete a 150-hour work placement where you will gain practical experience and build important industry networks.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

During work experience placement in your final year you will complete 150 hours in a real workplace. Here you will build important industry networks and develop relationships that may be pivotal as you transition into the workforce after graduation. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

The job prospects in the area of psychological science are looking good, with expected strong growth in Australia in the coming years1. Careers to consider:

  • youth worker: work with young people, providing support and encouragement
  • disability support officer: provide support for people in the community with intellectual, physical, social and emotional disabilities
  • counsellor: work with individuals in a confidential setting, helping them to overcome problems
  • community development officer: work with communities to bring about social change
  • human resources manager: plan, implement and enhance an organisation's employee relations, as well as the organisation's policies, programs and practices
  • training officer: look after an organisation's learning and professional development obligations
  • crime prevention officer: educate people about crime and crime prevention methods; teach young people about the consequences of crime, may also work with victims of crime
  • behavioural ecologist: work with animals, analysing behavioural patterns; behavioural ecologists may work at museums, zoos and aquariums
  • drug/alcohol case worker: provide counselling support to individuals and families affected by drug/alcohol

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. On completion of the program, graduates will have met the prerequisites to apply for fourth year programs in Psychology.

Industry facts

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Employment for social and welfare professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 19,600 (15.6 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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By 2020, employment for counsellors in Australia is projected to increase by 23.2 per cent1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What others are saying

I’ve always had an affinity with how the mind works and my time spent in the military also made me realise that there are a lot of people with mental illness who don’t know where to seek help – I’d like to be part of changing that!

Sophie Dahlenburg

Bachelor of Psychological Science

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Sophie Dahlenburg

Bachelor of Psychological Science

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Graduates of this degree will have an in-depth understanding of the field of psychology. You will be able to demonstrate problem solving skills, planning, judgement and decision-making – all necessary attributes of a successful practicing psychologist. You will also develop knowledge in:

  • research and project work
  • social services
  • human resources

As well as a focus on theoretical knowledge, this degree has a strong practical focus. During your final year you will do a practical placement where you will complete 150 hours in a real workplace. This will help to further develop your skills, preparing you for your transition into the workforce.

You will be able to pursue other areas of interest through the electives you choose. Electives can be selected from any courses offered in any bachelor degree at UniSA and will enable you to specialise in a non-psychology discipline, maximising your employment opportunities. For example, you may choose to study social work or human services as an elective.

You will also have the opportunity to further explore specific areas of interest with a series of specialist psychology courses (these courses are subject to student demand and staff availability). The courses include:

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychophysiology of Sleep
  • Health Psychology
  • Conservation Psychology
  • Language, Context and Social Behaviour
  • Work and Organisational Psychology

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • case studies
  • research reports
  • projects
  • presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
STUDY PLAN FOR STUDENTS TAKING 8 ELECTIVES
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Aboriginal Australians: Culture and Colonisation HUMS 1051 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, 6 or 7)
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
Professional Development: Counselling and Psychology WELF 1013 4.5
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 1
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Elective 4 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 5 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, 6 or 7)
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
Elective 6 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 7 4.5 Note(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 1 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Specialist Psychology Course 2 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Elective 8 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, 6 or 7)
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 3 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Psychology Placement BEHL 3027 9 Note(s): 4
STUDY PLAN FOR STUDENTS TAKING A MAJOR OR SUBMAJOR
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Aboriginal Australians: Culture and Colonisation HUMS 1051 4.5
Major 1 or Submajor 1 4.5 Note(s): 5
Major 2 or Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, 6 or 7)
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
Professional Development: Counselling and Psychology WELF 1013 4.5
Major 3 or Submajor 2 4.5 Note(s): 5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Major 4 or Submajor 3 4.5 Note(s): 5
Major 5 or Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, 6 or 7)
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 1 4.5
Major 6 or Submajor 4 4.5 Note(s): 5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 2 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 3 4.5
Major 7 or Submajor 5 4.5 Note(s): 5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, 6 or 7)
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Psychology Placement BEHL 3027 9
Major 8 or Submajor 6 4.5 Note(s): 5
SPECIALIST PSYCHOLOGY COURSES Note(s): 2,3
Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3005 4.5 Note(s): 3
Health Psychology BEHL 3012 4.5
Psychophysiology of Sleep BEHL 3029 4.5
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5
Language, Context and Social Behaviour BEHL 3023 4.5
Work and Organisational Psychology BEHL 3008 4.5
Psychological Assessment BEHL 4003 4.5 Note(s): 3
Conservation Psychology BEHL 3022 4.5

I am the Program Director for the Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills), Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management), and the first three years of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).

Mrs Cathy Balfour

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Magill

Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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