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3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

444211 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 60.50 (for 2020)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2021)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Assumed Knowledge

Degree overview

  • Join SA’s number one university for psychology researchand number one in SA for teaching quality in psychology2.
  • Study with the No.1 University in SA for graduate careers in Psychology3.
  • Gain industry experience through a work placement in your final year.
  • 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.

1The 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).
2ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
3ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.



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 psychology, 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 also expand your employment options by combining your Bachelor of Psychology degree with another degree. With just one year of extra study you can graduate with a double degree in areas such as law, human services or human resource management.

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

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Personal and Professional Development BEHL 1033 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
Aboriginal Australians and Psychology BEHL 1032 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Psychology Applications BEHL 2024 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
Career Development BEHL 2021 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Specialist Psychology Course 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 4.5 Note(s): 2
Psychology Placement BEHL 3027 9 Note(s): 2,4,7
2 Electives 9 Note(s): 1,5
Students must take a minimum of 3 of the following Specialist Psychology Courses Note(s): 2,3
Cognitive Neuroscience BEHL 3021 4.5
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

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. 



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

Why Bachelor of Psychology

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.

Career outcomes

Your career

The job prospects in the area of psychology are expected to increase in Australia in the coming years1.

Careers to consider include:

  • 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
  • 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
  • counsellor (with further study): work with individuals in a confidential setting, helping them to overcome problems
  • clinical psychologist (with further study): work with patients to identify and diagnose emotional, mental and behavioural issues

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Projections, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

Industry facts


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


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


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

Australian Government Department of Employment 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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

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


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads 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, 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 student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

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

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

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

Mrs Cathy Balfour

Program Director

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Mrs Cathy Balfour

Program Director


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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!

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Sophie Dahlenburg

UniSA Psychology graduate