Start date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBAA

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
AUD$ 29,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2023

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

International Admission by Country
See full entry requirements

CRICOS Code
097506E

Snapshot

Snapshot

As a student studying the Psychology major you will develop a broad knowledge of psychological science including psychology, mental health, social services and human resources.

Key areas of study include:

  • Clinical and abnormal psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Personality psychology
  • Cognitive psychology

Students who are considering completing post graduate studies in Psychology should consider the Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and related programs.

In this unique Arts degree you can select a second major in addition to Psychology, further developing skills and knowledge in two distinct specialisations. Studying a double major plus a minor increases your employment prospects as you develop in-depth knowledge in your chosen specialisations, enhancing your critical thinking, research capabilities and problem-solving skills. You will also graduate with writing, presentation, digital, and face-to-face communication skills that can be transferred across a range of roles and are highly regarded by prospective employers.

You will also graduate with writing, presentation, digital, communication, research and problem-solving skills that can be transferable across a range of roles and are highly regarded by prospective employers.

Learn more about how to tailor your Arts degree to suit your interests in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher-Grade Point Average (GPA), you could also be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This degree will equip you with a broad knowledge of psychological science including psychology, mental health, social services and human resources. You will develop in-depth knowledge in your chosen specialisations, enhancing your critical thinking, research capabilities and problem-solving skills. You will also graduate with writing, presentation, digital, and communication skills that can be transferred across a range of roles and are highly regarded by prospective employers

Choose from a range of specialised courses including personality psychology, clinical and abnormal psychology and social and community psychology. Develop a broad and coherent knowledge of psychological science as a basis for further learning and future careers.

This degree allows you to select two majors ensuring you graduate with a broad knowledge of two areas of interest. You can choose a second major from the following:

In addition to your two majors, you will also be required to complete two core courses, four courses from a selected list of minors (also from the above list), and Professional Directions Program 1 & 2 or two electives.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Truth, Lies and Being Human HUMS 1060 4.5 Note(s): 1
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 3,4,6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 3,4,6
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
OR
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 3,4,6
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
OR
Professional Directions Program 1 COMM 2098 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6) 4.5
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5 Note(s): 1
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
OR
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 3,4,6
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
OR
Professional Directions Program 2 COMM 2099 4.5 Note(s): 2
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course - Select from the list below 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Specialist Psychology Course Options (select 1)
Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3005 4.5 Note(s): 5
Health Psychology BEHL 3012 4.5 Note(s): 5
Psychophysiology of Sleep BEHL 3029 4.5 Note(s): 5
Conservation Psychology BEHL 3022 4.5 Note(s): 5
Psychological Assessment BEHL 4003 4.5 Note(s): 5
Work and Organisational Psychology BEHL 3008 4.5 Note(s): 5
Language, Context and Social Behaviour BEHL 3023 4.5 Note(s): 5

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, as well as to 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:

  • individual and group presentations
  • critical analysis
  • essays
  • reflective journals
  • research assignments
  • portfolios
  • case studies
  • online quizzes
  • reports
  • assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Why this Degree

Study a degree that equips you with a broad understanding of psychology and its applications, including research methods, personality psychology, and clinical and abnormal psychology.

Studying a double major plus a minor increases your employment prospects as you develop in-depth knowledge in your chosen specialisations, enhancing your critical thinking, research capabilities and problem-solving skills.

You will have opportunities to engage with community and industry partners through placements and mentoring conversations as part of your studies through the Professional Directions Program
There are also opportunities to study a portion of your degree overseas, as part of the Global Experience study tours, or the University’s Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program (full semester). As part of this program you will volunteer with an international non-government organisation (NGO), usually in an overseas destination. 

You could continue your studies with a Master of Teaching with one major and one minor Learning Area. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses. 

You may also choose to further your studies through a Master of Social Work. Students must ensure they are aware of the entry requirements of this postgraduate program before selecting courses in the Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree.  

Real-world connections

As part of this degree you have opportunities to complete placements, either overseas or locally. Locally, you can engage with community and industry partners through placements and mentoring conversations in the Professional Directions Program. You may choose to participate in the University’s Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience Program. These are great opportunities for you to build professional relationships and networks.

You can also make industry connections and gain valuable work experience by taking part in any of the following:

  • Placements in over 100 organisations though the Professional Directions Program in second year.
  • A wide range of international NGOs through the Hawke Ambassador Program.
  • Attending regular University-wide employee master classes, career development planningemployment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

Your knowledge of psychological science, including psychology, mental health, social services and human resources, combined with strong analytical and research skills, can lead to further study or a career in such diverse fields as: 

  • Government 
  • Defence, intelligence and security 
  • Migrant, refugee, and multicultural services 
  • Community and social services 
  • Health, wellbeing and aged care 
  • Policy and research 
  • Education 
  • Human resources 

Career options include: 

  • Youth worker: guide and support young people in their social, educational and personal development 
  • Case manager: work with human services and community programs providing support for individuals and families in aged care, migration and rehabilitation 
  • Disability support worker: provide support for people in the community with intellectual, physical, social and emotional disabilities 
  • Training and development coach: advise organisations on learning and professional development obligations 
  • Social policy advisor: provide advice on social policy issues and gather information to develop, support and implement social policies 

You may also choose to further your studies through a Master of Social Work. Students must ensure they are aware of the entry requirements of this postgraduate program before selecting courses in the Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree  

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

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

International
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

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

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

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As an Arts student you will have access to: 

  • The on-campus Multimedia Languages Lab, where you can connect in real-time with native speakers from around the world 
  • A diverse range of community and industry partner organisations who host student placements and offer mentoring conversations off campus so you can engage and explore real-world connections between your studies and future work in the Professional Directions Program 
Your study spaces

Your program director

I am Director of the Bachelor of Arts Programs, Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, and Fellow of the Advanced Higher Education Academy, UK. 

My academic background is in Languages and Applied Linguistics (BA Hons, PhD), following extensive experience in clinical practice across a range of health and medical domains in Australia. My work places a strong focus on developing reciprocal, trusting relationships in my teaching, mentoring and engagement with students, and in my research in partnership with colleagues, community and industry. My teaching and research inform each other. I coordinate and teach core courses in the Bachelor of Arts, and my research focuses on language and communication in professions and organisations in various contexts. These include state and nationally funded projects in health care, aged care, education, counselling, and policing.  

The upshot is that our Bachelor of Arts program develops each student’s interests, strengths and aspirations, enabling each student to explore and prepare for a wide range of career and life goals. The unique double major structure combines theory and practice with real-world experience to develop strong interdisciplinary skills that are highly valued by industry, government and community. 

Dr Fiona O'Neill

Program Director

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Program Director

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