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Start date
February
July

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBCH

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

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

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6]
  • IELTS reading [6]
  • IELTS writing [6]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
086330D

Key features

  • Improve your employment opportunities by gaining an extra qualification, with just one extra year of study.
  • Gain practical experience when you complete a 150-hour work placement in your final year.
  • Learn from researchers who are well above world-class, at a university that has been ranked number one in South Australia for research in psychology1
  • Study the only undergraduate university degree in South Australia to include core course in psychology, counselling, interpersonal skills and human resources.
  • Our Business School is in the top 1 per cent worldwide2.
  • This degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  • This degree is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and as a graduate you will have satisfied the requirements for professional membership.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 169 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, July 2017.

Snapshot

Snapshot

This degree provides a balance of courses in psychology theory, counselling, workplace culture, and staff health and wellbeing. You will graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively support and counsel staff and build staff recruitment, retention, and training and development strategies.

Employers look for graduates who can apply theory to real industry challenges. During your studies you will complete a 150-hour work placement, building your confidence and enabling you to gain valuable industry experience. Practical learning constitutes a large focus of this double degree, enhancing the work-readiness of graduates – the value of this study component has been recognised nationally in the form of an award from the Australian Federal Government Office of Teaching and Learning.

If you finish your degree with a distinction Grade Point Average (GPA), you may be eligible for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). With further study you could also become a professionally practicing or research psychologist. To follow this career path you must complete a one-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree, followed by a two-year Master of Psychology (Clinical) or PhD in Psychology.

Why Bachelor of Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills), Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

Why this Degree

Graduate with two qualifications in only one extra year of study. This is the only undergraduate university degree in South Australia to include core course in psychology, counselling, interpersonal skills and human resources. It is also recognised by the world’s largest HR professional society, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Practical experience constitutes a key focus and during your final year you will embark on real-world industry placements. You will also learn from industry experts and award-winning researchers at a university that has been ranked number one in the state for research in psychology1. You may be able to fast-track your studies with our exciting summer and winter schools.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

As part of your studies you will complete a work experience placement in your final year. This real-world experience is a major focus and provides valuable practical experience and the opportunity for you to build important industry relationships.

You will also work closely with the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX). This vibrant centre is committed to researching current and future workplace challenges. Their scientific approach enables organisations and employees to be innovative, agile and adaptable as the global marketplace, people, and technology continue to change.  

If you want to gain global experience you can take part in our student exchange program. We have more than 60 partner universities worldwide; study options range from two weeks to one year. In addition, our Business Career Mentor Program helps you to build industry networks – in 2016, we matched over 190 students with business mentors. This six-month program runs from March every year. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Between now and 2020 employment in human resources in Australia is expected to grow. The availability of roles is expected to increase by:  

  • 3,200 jobs for human resource and training professionals (or 3.7 per cent)
  • 3,200 jobs for human resource professionals (or 5.4 per cent)
  • 6,000 jobs for human resource managers (or 12.6 per cent)1

Likewise, employment opportunities in Australia in the social, welfare and counselling sectors is also expecting strong growth – employment as a social and welfare professional is predicted to increase by 15.6 per cent1, while counselling is expected to increase by 23.2 per cent1. Careers to consider:

  • human resources manager: plan, implement and enhance an organisation's employee relations, as well as an organisation's policies, programs and practices
  • recruitment consultant: work on behalf of companies to source candidates for job vacancies
  • training and development officer: look after an organisation's learning and professional development obligations
  • community development officer: employed by a city, neighbourhood or other municipality to ensure the growth, health and vitality of a region
  • counsellor: work with individuals and groups to help people overcome problems

With further study you could also become a professionally practicing or research psychologist. To follow this career path you must complete a one-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree, followed by a two-year Master of Psychology (Clinical) or PhD in Psychology.

Professional recognition

This degree is recognised by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) as meeting the requirements for graduates to receive Level 1 membership with the ACA.

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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By 2020, employment for human resource and training professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 3,200 by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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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

What others are saying

UniSA has great psychology and human resources courses. I enjoy doing practicals and learning how the coursework applies to real-world scenarios. UniSA also offers great services in professional self-development. I have gained practical experience through the UNITE Leadership Program, and volunteering under Community, Connect Club and EASS E-Pal Program.

Diana Wong

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills), Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

Diana Wong

Diana Wong

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills), Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This specialised double degree will provide you with a solid understanding of the theory associated with psychology and counselling, as well as the skills needed to effectively manage people. Core courses in business theory will give you a solid grasp of business fundamentals such as economics and accounting, and business operations and intelligence.

The psychology component of your studies will covers areas such as developmental psychology; cognitive psychology; psychological assessment and research; counselling skills; and work and organisational psychology. You'll also study specialist human resource management topics such as organisational behaviour, performance and compensation management, training and development, industrial relations, and occupational health and safety. During your final year you will complete a 150-hour work placement, ensuring you are work-ready after graduation.

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
  • examinations
  • research reports
  • projects
  • article reviews

Global opportunities

International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

UniSA has 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.

Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Counselling Foundations BEHL 1022 4.5
Foundations of Human Resource Management BUSS 2043 4.5
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, 6 or 7),
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5
Group Work BEHL 2009 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Counselling Skills BEHL 2013 4.5
Accounting Principles for Business Decisions ACCT 1009 4.5
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
Counselling Interventions BEHL 3018 4.5
Work Health and Safety Management Principles BUSS 1053 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Staffing Organisations BUSS 3082 4.5
Management of Industrial Relations BUSS 3037 4.5
Training and Development BUSS 2036 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, 6 or 7)
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Work and Organisational Psychology BEHL 3008 4.5
Performance and Compensation Management BUSS 2048 4.5
Employment Law COML 2007 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Business Operations BUSS 2065 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5
Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3005 4.5 Note(s): 1
OR
Health Psychology BEHL 3012 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, 6 or 7)
Psychological Assessment BEHL 4003 4.5
Strategic Human Resource Management BUSS 3038 4.5
Psychology Placement BEHL 3027 9

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.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

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 spaces

You will have access to facilities in the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX), which is a leading research centre in the areas of human resource management and organisational behaviour.

Your study spaces

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.

Student services

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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