Start date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBCH

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2021: AUD$ 29,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2022: AUD$ 29,300 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

Degree overview

  • Study the only undergraduate university degree in South Australia specialising in psychology, counselling, interpersonal skills and human resource management.
  • Improve your employment opportunities and broaden your expertise with a double degree.
  • Join Australia's No. 1 university for work-ready graduates in psychology1.
  • Learn from researchers who are well above world-class, at a university ranked No. 1 in South Australia for research in psychology2.
  • Study a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Human Resource Management3.
  • Ranked No. 1 in SA and Top 10 in Australia for Business and Management4.
  • Gain a well-respected qualification that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  • UniSA Business is in the top one per cent worldwide5 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2020.
  • This degree is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and as a graduate you will have satisfied the requirements for professional membership.
  • Undertake further study towards becoming a registered psychologist or research psychologist.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities only. 2The only university in SA to have all its assessed Psychology and Cognitive Sciences research rated well-above world standard. 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 42021 QS Subject Rankings. 5UniSA Business is one of just 11 institutions in Australia and 191 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2021. 

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. By studying this degree, you will benefit from curriculum informed by world-class research, focusing on current and future workplace challenges. Graduate with a degree accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

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 practising or research psychologist. To follow this career path you must complete a one-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), followed by additional postgraduate studies in psychology.

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, accounting, business law and employment relations.

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. 

Degree 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
Effective Communication PERF 1001 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 for Business ACCT 1008 4.5
OR
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 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
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Recruitment and Selection of Organisational Talent BUSS 3082 4.5
Managing the Employment Relationship 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
Group Work BEHL 2009 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Entrepreneurship for Social and Market Impact BUSS 2085 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Business Practicum BUSS 3080 4.5 Note(s): 2
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
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
Working with Community WELF 2010 4.5
HR Analytics BUSS 3110 4.5

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:

  • case studies 
  • research reports
  • projects
  • presentations 
  • essays
  • quizzes
  • article evaluations
  • journals
  • examinations

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 Psychology (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 courses 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), as well as the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

UniSA Business is also the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business education and research at a global level. These dual accreditations demonstrate the high standards we hold across all areas such as teaching, student learning and research, as well as our commitment to continually improving the quality of our programs.

Real-world connections

You will have the opportunity to undertake industry placements in your final year of study and learn from world-class researchers across both psychology and human resource management.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

Our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

Careers to consider include:

  • 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
  • counsellor (with further study): work with individuals in a confidential setting, helping them to overcome problems

With further study at UniSA, you could also become a registered psychologist or research psychologist. To follow this career path at UniSA, you will need to go on to complete a one-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree, followed by additional postgraduate studies in psychology. 

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program has met the criteria for course accreditation and is currently accredited by the Australian HR Institute (AHRI). Accreditation is reviewed every three years by the AHRI National Accreditation Committee. Students applying for this course can be assured that the quality of core units map onto the AHRI Model of Excellence for HR Practitioners and Academics, a recognised benchmark of HR best practice and standards.

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 human resource and training professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 11,900 by May 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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Employment for social and welfare professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 39,300 (24.3 per cent) by May 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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By 2024, employment for counsellors in Australia is projected to increase by 24.8 per cent.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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 gainaccess 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 should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

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 advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campuses.

Your program director

You will graduate with a knowledge of theories and concepts, along with critical and analytical research skills through a mix of practical and theoretical learning opportunities. I look forward to working with you to understand how the skills and knowledge you will develop can be applied to your chosen career pathway – either as a psychologist or in a broad range of other career opportunities.

Dr Georgina Heath

Program Director

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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*."

*Now known as UniMentors

Diana Wong

UniSA Psychology (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills) and Human Resource Management graduate

Diana Wong

Diana Wong

UniSA Psychology (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills) and Human Resource Management graduate