Bachelor of Psychology

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Award granted Bachelor of Psychology
Campus

Offered at Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, Warrnambool Campus

Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code
Deakin course codeH345

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Psychology is designed to enable students to complete a four year sequence in psychology that complies with requirements for probationary registration as a psychologist with the Psychologists Board of Australia (PBA) and also for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

It is comprised of the three-year undergraduate sequence in psychology and the fourth year Honours program in psychology which are currently offered separately. Students will normally complete the course in four years of full time study or within nine years part time. Due to the stringent requirements of entry to an Honours year and the requirements for registration, students who do not attain the progression standards will exit with a three-year award, the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology).

The undergraduate major in psychology is currently available to students enrolled in a three year psychology sequence within the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Management, Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Health Sciences, the combined Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) and the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) degree, this last degree is offered only on the Burwood campus. The fourth year sequence (Honours in Psychology) is currently available to students at both the Waterfront and Burwood campuses.

Professional recognition

This course is Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

 

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The course comprises 32 1-credit point units including a minimum of 20 psychology units. At year one, two introductory units in psychology are taken (HPS111 Introduction to Psychology A and HPS121 Introduction to Psychology B). In addition students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychology will take three foundation faculty units - HBS107 Understanding Health, HBS108 Health Information and Data and HBS110 Health Behaviour.

At year two, students typically take five units at a more advanced level (HPS201 Research Methods in Psychology A is a core unit, a minimum of four other units are selected from those on offer), together with electives to achieve 8 credit points for the year.

Course structure


Level 1
Trimester 1

HPS111Unit description is currently unavailable

HBS107Unit description is currently unavailable

plus two elective units


Trimester 2

HPS121Unit description is currently unavailable

HBS110Unit description is currently unavailable

HBS108Unit description is currently unavailable

plus one elective unit

Level 2

Trimester 1
HPS203Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS204Unit description is currently unavailable

plus two elective units


Trimester 2

HPS201Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS202Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS205Unit description is currently unavailable


plus one elective; the recommended elective is:

HPS206Unit description is currently unavailable


Unit HPS201 is a core unit

Level 2 elective units

Four second-level elective units must be taken from the currently available psychology units listed above. The additional elective units at this level may include other psychology units, or students may choose to take complementary studies in other disciplines.

At level 3, students take an advanced unit in Research Methods in Psychology (HPS301) and a unit in Psychological Testing and Measurement (HPS309) together with at least three other third level psychology units.

Level 3

Trimester 1
HPS301Unit description is currently unavailable

plus three elective units


Trimester 2

HPS309Unit description is currently unavailable

plus three elective units

Level 3 elective units

A minimum of three third-level elective units must be chosen from the psychology units listed below. The additional elective units at this level may include other psychology units, or students may choose to take complementary studies in other disciplines.


Trimester 1

HPS302Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS307Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS395Unit description is currently unavailable


Trimester 2

HPS303Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS304Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS308Unit description is currently unavailable

HPY310Unit description is currently unavailable


Level 4

Trimester 1
HPS425Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS427Unit description is currently unavailable


Trimester 2

HPS426Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS428Unit description is currently unavailable

The four units HPS425, HPS426, HPS427, HPS428 comprise the honours sequence in psychology. All four parts must be successfully completed before a result will be obtained. 8 credit points will be achieved at the end of the sequence.

Total coursework weighting at fourth level is 50%. The research thesis at fourth level is completed across the entire level and accounts for 50% of the total weighting. Attendance and presentation at the annual School Honours Conference and attendance at the weekly School Research Colloquia are hurdle requirements.

 

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