Bachelor of Psychological Science

Undergraduate degree

A Bachelor of Psychological Science helps you understand human behaviour and why people think, feel and behave the way they do. Learn more and apply today.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

3 years full time

Campuses

  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Gain insight into why people think, feel and behave the way they do. You will uncover all aspects of human behaviour and personality, giving you the best possible foundation for further study in psychology to apply for provisional registration, or to pursue a range of careers in the fast-growing health sector.

Do you want to learn from psychology professionals, and be exposed to real-world workplace experience?

Deakin’s School of Psychology is one of the largest in Victoria and offers the Bachelor of Psychological Science across all campuses, including fully online through our Cloud campus, enabling you to study where and when it suits you.

Deakin is also the only university in Victoria where you can study specialist psychology majors during your undergraduate degree. Start following your passion sooner with a major in Child and Family, Organisational Studies or Forensic Studies.

You will get the chance to build real-world experience by electing to undertake the Psychology at Work (Internship) unit in your final year of study, giving you 140 hours of practical industry placement, strengthening your employment prospects.

This course recognises the importance of, and interrelationships between, a range of human factors you will encounter in your future career. You will explore diverse areas of psychology, including:

  • behavioural and clinical neuroscience
  • child and adolescent psychology
  • human social behaviour
  • cognitive psychology
  • forensic psychology

You will also have the opportunity to develop your counselling and coaching skills through a suite of specialised elective units, or further explore topics including addiction and cognitive neuroscience.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia, and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration as a psychologist. The course is also accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

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 your degree remains relevant to industry and workforce needs. You will be in high demand by employers who want graduates that are ready to face real-world problems with confidence.

If you are intending to become a psychologist, this course is the pathway to a 4th year level of study (honours or graduate diploma level). After completing a 4th year of study, you will be eligible to apply to register as a provisional psychologist. Students wishing to become fully registered psychologists can then apply to continue their study by undertaking one of the following:

 

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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. 

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

13

Compulsory units

2

Psychology electives

9

Elective units

24

Total

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2020 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2020 can follow this course structure from Level 2 onwards or refer to previous online Handbooks

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity HAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour HPS111
  • Foundations of Psychological Science HPS104
  • plus two level 1 elective unit from any discipline

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Foundations of Psychological Practice HPS105
  • 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

    AND

    one level 3 elective unit

    Major sequences

    The following majors are available within the Bachelor of Psychological Science

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    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

  • Pathways Through Adulthood HPS302
  • Addiction HPS325
  • Trimester 2

  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology HPS206
  • Preparing for Employment HPS207
  • Applied Health Psychology HPS226
  • The Social Psychology of Relationships HPS304
  • Research Methods Capstone HPS327
  • Cognitive Neuroscience HPS395
  • The remaining eight electives may include other psychology units such as:

  • Coaching and Counselling for Behaviour Change HPY210
  • Start Anytime

  • Psychology At Work (Internship) HPS328
  • or

    students may choose to take complementary studies in other disciplines.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Psychological Science
    Year

    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400314233 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    1400514233 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    1400714233 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    H344
    CRICOS code?
    079316E
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud (online)

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

    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 Psychological Science – 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).

    Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing.

    In addition to the Bachelor of Psychological Science, psychology may be studied as a three-year major sequence in any of the following degrees: Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) or Bachelor of Management.

    Students intending to become psychologists, however, must take four years of academic study (three years of undergraduate study, including ten units of psychology, plus either a level-4 Honours year or the level-4 Graduate Diploma of Psychology).

    The 10-credit-point undergraduate Psychology sequence consists of two units at level 1, HPS111 and HPS121; four units at level 2, HPS201, HPS202, HPS203 and HPS204; plus four units at level 3, HPS301, HPS307, HPS308 and HPS310.

    Students may also choose to take a limited sequence in psychology of 6 or 8 credit points (depending on the requirements of their course). These sequences are designed as terminal studies in psychology to complement other studies within an award. They do not meet the 10-credit-point requirement for entry into fourth-year studies in psychology; nor will they lead to professional qualifications in psychology. However, these requirements may be met by completing additional psychology units, either as single-unit enrolments or via the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies.

    The 6 or 8-credit-point sequences consist of two units at level one, HPS111 and HPS121; two or three units at level 2, selected from HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS206, HPS207 and HPS226; and two or three units at level 3, selected from HPS301, HPS302, HPS304, HPS307, HPS308, HPS310, HPS325, HPS327, HPS328 and HPS395. Students wishing to take alternative psychology units must seek approval from the School of Psychology .

    For details of the campus on which the unit is offered, please refer to the Unit Descriptions section of the Handbook. Cloud (online) students may apply to enrol in campus units. Students studying in both campus and cloud (online) modes may apply for entry to either the Honours or Graduate Diploma of Psychology programs.  

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer the relevant unit guide.

    Workload

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

    All applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.
    Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of 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

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    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


    Apply direct to Deakin

    If you're applying to study in Trimester 3 (November), 2019:

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    If you're applying to study in Trimester 1 (March), 2020:

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance


    Need more information on how to apply?

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


    Frequently asked questions

    What are the key study start dates?

    Browse all start and finish dates for Deakin’s main study periods. You’ll also find dates relating to applications and prospective student events, plus a list of all public holidays and study breaks.

    How much does it cost to study at Deakin?

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    Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.

    Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

    Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Following the completion of your bachelor’s degree, taking the next step towards becoming a psychologist involves applying for an honours year (e.g. Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)) or Graduate Diploma of Psychology). Once completed, you’ll be able to register as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

    If your passion isn’t to complete further study to become a registered psychologist, there are still many diverse career options available, including:

    • child protection
    • counselling
    • family support
    • human services
    • marketing
    • not for profit aid
    • public health
    • social work.

    If you choose to pursue full registration as a psychologist, you may find employment in a variety of roles, including:

    • clinical psychologist
    • cognitive neuroscientist
    • counsellor
    • criminal psychologist
    • educational and developmental psychologist
    • family therapist
    • forensic psychologist
    • health and community psychologist
    • organisational psychologist
    • rehabilitation counsellor
    • sport and exercise psychologist
    • youth psychologist.

    These positions can be found in:

    • private clinics and practices
    • public and private hospitals
    • corporate organisations
    • schools and universities
    • government departments and agencies
    • sporting clubs and institutes
    • social research organisations.

    Professional recognition

    All of the psychology courses offered at Deakin meet the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS), translating into excellent job and career opportunities for our graduates. Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Integrate theoretical knowledge of the discipline of psychology in relation to: health, social, cognitive, methodology, neuroscience, development, and personality.

    Communication

    Communicate psychological knowledge and arguments effectively using the most appropriate means utilising clear, discipline appropriate, coherent and well-developed communication skills.

    Digital Literacy

    Utilise online technologies to interact with others, access research and evaluate empirical evidence; and create and disseminate psychology-relevant content.

    Critical thinking

    Identify and critique the factors that contribute to the development of unhealthy mental processes and behaviours, develop arguments, reports, or commentaries based on empirical research and apply the results to affect healthy behaviour change in oneself or others, and; apply the skills required to affect healthy behaviour change in oneself and in others in diverse contexts.

    Problem Solving

    Apply knowledge of the scientific method when addressing problems related to behaviour and mental processes; design, plan, and conduct research that addresses these problems; and apply analytic and statistical skills to interpret the results and validity of research.

    Self-management

    Engage in independent learning as a reflective practitioner to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practice of psychology; and manage resources, timelines and other constraints to achieve quality and timely outcomes.

    Teamwork

    Collaborate and communicate psychological principles and practices effectively in interdisciplinary teams to work and learn in a range of environments including communities of practice, research and professional practice.

    Global Citizenship

    Embody the values and attitudes of the scientist-practitioner; applying ethical and professional responsibilities to local and global communities and future clients and employers; within diverse cultural, social, and regulatory frameworks.

     

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