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City East

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 71.00 (for 2020)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 80.00 (for 2021)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): AdvDIP
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Assumed Knowledge


The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Cognitive Neuroscience) will provide an integrated knowledge of the biological basis of behaviour with psychology. The three year Bachelor Degree qualifies individuals who apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge, and a depth of specialised practical and research skills in cognitive neuroscience (the basic biology of behaviour) and psychology in the context of the biomedical industry or psychological practice. The program also provides students with a potential pathway to further study in psychology or cognitive neuroscience.

Content & Structure

The three year Bachelor of Psychological Science (Cognitive Neuroscience) requires the completion of 108 units comprising: a 45 unit major in cognitive neuroscience, 45 units of psychology courses, and 18 units of elective courses which may be taken as a minor sequence. The Major in cognitive neuroscience comprises ten courses. The five cognitive neuroscience courses will allow students to focus on their area of specialisation. Students will undertake a foundational cognitive neuroscience course in their first year, a sequenced cognitive neuroscience course in the second year and three advanced cognitive neuroscience courses in the third year. The Major also includes a three course sequence of biological and anatomical courses at the City East campus, with two foundational courses in human anatomy and biological science in the first year, and a human anatomy course in the second year (to build on and extend previous learning in the foundational anatomical course).

What courses you'll study

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Biology A BIOL 1007 4.5
Aboriginal Australians: Culture and Colonisation HUMS 1051 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
Foundations in Cognitive Neuroscience BEHL 1024 4.5
Professional Development: Counselling and Psychology WELF 1013 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Human Anatomy 200 HLTH 2022 4.5
Cognitive Neuroscience BEHL 3021 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
States of Awareness BEHL 2015 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3005 4.5
The Neuroscience of Language BEHL 3030 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 4.5 Note(s): 1
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 2
Neuroscience Across the Lifespan BEHL 3025 4.5
Psychology Research Experience BEHL 3028 4.5 Note(s): 3
Health Psychology BEHL 3012 4.5
Psychological Assessment BEHL 4003 4.5
Work and Organisational Psychology BEHL 3008 4.5
Language, Context and Social Behaviour BEHL 3023 4.5
Conservation Psychology BEHL 3022 4.5
Psychophysiology of Sleep BEHL 3029 4.5
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5

Professional accreditation and recognition

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.

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