Bachelor of Psychological Science



Gain an insight into why people think, feel and behave the way they do when you study psychological science at Deakin. You will discover the complexity of human personality and behaviour, and graduate with a versatile degree that help you pursue a range of different career options.

This course exposes you to a contemporary integrative approach to psychology – one that recognises the importance of, and interrelationships between, biological, developmental, social, cognitive, and developmental factors.

You will cover areas of psychology including behavioural and clinical neuroscience, child and adolescent psychology, relationships and the psychology of groups, cognitive psychology, forensic psychology, and psychopathology. You will also have the opportunity to develop your counselling skills through a suite of elective units.

Following completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science students intending to become psychologists must successfully apply for and complete a level-4 Honours year or the level-4 Graduate Diploma of Psychology. This will allow students to register as provisional psychologists. Students wishing to become fully registered psychologists would need to continue studying by undertaking either a Masters or Doctorate qualification in psychology to meet full registration requirements.

Deakin’s School of Psychology has strong partnerships with industry, including collaborative activities with government agencies, public and private organisations, hospitals, and other universities. These partnerships ensure that our courses remain relevant to industry and workforce needs.

Deakin's Bachelor of Psychological Science is recognised for registration by the Psychology Board of Australia, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration.

As a graduate, you may seek work in mental and general hospitals and clinics, business and industry, education, the criminal justice system, media, marketing, sport and research. Fully-registered psychologists enjoy roles in clinical, forensic, organisational, educational, health, and sport settings.


Key facts

Clearly-in ATAR 2016

Burwood: 61.10
Waurn Ponds: 57.25
Warrnambool: N/A
Cloud: N/A


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Warrnambool
    • Cloud Campus
    • Deakin Learning Centre Dandenong
    • Hume Global Learning Centre-Craigieburn
    • Werribee Learning Centre

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus
    • Deakin Learning Centre Dandenong
    • Hume Global Learning Centre-Craigieburn
    • Werribee Learning Centre

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Psychological Science


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Not applicable

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$7,189 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

VTAC code

1400314231 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514231 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614231 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714231 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

Deakin code






Deakin Learning Centre course codes

Deakin Learning Centre students must enrol in the course code applicable to their centre

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Professional Recognition

Deakin's Bachelor of Psychological Science is recognised for registration by the Psychology Board of Australia, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration.

Career outcomes

As a graduate of this course you will have developed the knowledge and skills that make you highly employable across an array of stimulating employment settings. You may find work in schools and education settings, or in a variety of businesses, delivering employee assistance programs or training. Increasingly, opportunities are available in commerce and industry such as human resources, business and management.

If you choose to pursue full registration as a psychologist, you may find employment in a variety of settings including clinical, forensic, organisational, educational, health sport and many other specialist areas. The contexts in which you work may include private practice, hospitals, business organisations, schools, universities, government agencies, community sport groups and various research groups.

Course Structure

To complete the Bachelor of Psychological Science students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 24 credit points you will need to study 24 units (AKA 'subjects'). Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 24 credit points include 13 core units (these are compulsory), 2 psychology elective units (you can choose which psychology units to study) and 9 elective units, one of which must be from the Faculty of Health. 

You may choose to accelerate your progress through the course by selecting from the following units that are normally offered in Trimester 3: HBS110, HBS107, HPS104, HPS111, HPS121, HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS206 (psychology elective unit), HPS301, HPS307, HPS308 and HPS310.  

Following completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science students intending to become psychologists must successfully apply for and complete a level-4 Honours year or the level-4 Graduate Diploma of Psychology. 


Compulsory units


Psychology electives


Elective units



Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2016 onwards.

Students who commenced in 2014 and 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour HPS111
  • Understanding Health HBS107
  • Foundations of Psychological Science HPS104
  • plus one level 1 elective unit from any discipline

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Psychology B: Individual and Social Development HPS121
  • Health Behaviour HBS110
  • plus two level 1 elective units from any discipline

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • The Human Mind HPS203
  • Human Social Behaviour HPS204
  • plus two level 2 elective units from psychology or any discipline

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Research Methods in Psychology A HPS201
  • Child and Adolescent Development HPS202
  • plus one level 2 or level 3 HPS psychology elective unit AND one level 2 elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Research Methods in Psychology B HPS301
  • Brain, Biology and Behaviour HPS310
  • plus one level 3 HPS psychology elective unit and one level 3 elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Personality HPS307
  • Psychopathology HPS308
  • plus one level 3 HPS psychology elective unit OR one level 3 health elective unit


    one level 3 elective unit

    Elective units

    Three of the 11 elective units must be chosen from the psychology units listed below - one from level 2 or level 3 and two from level 3.

    Trimester 1

  • Preparing for Employment HPS207
  • Pathways Through Adulthood HPS302
  • Addiction HPS325
  • Trimester 2

  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology HPS206
  • Health Psychology HPS226
  • The Social Psychology of Relationships HPS304
  • Research Methods Capstone HPS327
  • Transitioning to Work HPS328
  • Cognitive Neuroscience HPS395
  • The remaining eight electives may include other psychology units such as:

  • Coaching and Counselling Individuals for Behaviour Change HPY210
  • Coaching and Counselling Groups for Behaviour Change HPY310
  • or

    students may choose to take complementary studies in other disciplines.

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    However, you should apply directly to Deakin if you are not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or you're applying for a Deakin course which is not listed on the VTAC website.

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    If you're applying to start studying in Trimester 3 2016, you'll need to apply directly to Deakin.

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Learning Centre

    Applicants for courses offered at a Deakin Learning Centre can be made directly to Deakin online or via the application form.

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    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Course pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

    Tap the infographic to explore your options

    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Health - Student and Academic Services
    Tel 03 9251 7777


    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time

    Work experience

    As part of this course, you will also be given the opportunity to undertake preparation for work and work placement elective units as well as elective units designed to develop your counselling skills.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    The current requirements for registration as a provisional psychologist include the completion of four years of academic study of psychology that is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia. The academic program usually consists of an approved undergraduate psychology sequence – such as Deakin’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) – followed by an approved fourth-year of study (such as Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology or honours in psychology).

    Following successful completion of an approved fourth-year of psychology study, you may apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

    In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists must then complete either two years of supervised practice, or a minimum two years of further study, which may include: Master of Psychology, Doctor of Psychology or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (with supervised practice completed outside the degree).

    Offered campuses

    Learning centres

    To save regional students from traveling long distances, learning centres involve 'converged’ study, combining on-screen classes and face-to-face workshops.


    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

    Geelong Waurn Ponds

    Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is located on the western edge of Geelong, boasting expansive landscaped grounds.


    Three-hours from Melbourne, our Warrnambool Campus is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches.

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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