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Bachelor of Psychological Science

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 394001

CRICOS 060177M

Psychology is a fascinating area of study that offers unique insight into human behaviour and why people think and behave in certain ways. The Bachelor of Psychological Science is ideal for students who are creative but enjoy facts and figures, and who wish to develop superior problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills relevant to a wide range of careers.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science delivers a comprehensive foundation in psychology as well as providing a choice of more than 20 majors and electives from various disciplines across the University. Innovative teaching methods and interactive classes provide ample opportunities for students to develop strong connections with their classmates and to learn from lecturers who are leaders in their field.

A graduate entry pathway into the Bachelor of Psychological Science (SATAC code 3BG003) is also available for applicants who have a completed an undergraduate degree that does not include psychology or does not include psychology beyond Level I. Further information can be found in the postgraduate section of the SATAC website.

Graduates from the Bachelor of Psychological Science are well suited to a range of exciting careers in a variety of jobs and sectors, and have the option of engaging in further study to become a qualified psychologist.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Apply through SATAC
    2016 CSP ATAR 66.15
    Adelaide Approved Score 80
    2016 CSP IB 24
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    Apply through SATAC:

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 75
    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6.5 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 060177M
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 75
    IB 25
    A-Level 7
    UEC [Malaysia] 20
    SAT [US] 1200
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] [1] 80%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    Bradford Foundation Program 74
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,825

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Psychology prepares graduates for a range of exciting careers that require superior problem-solving, critical thinking and understanding of human behaviour, such as:

    • human resource management
    • advertising and marketing
    • evaluation and applied research
    • mental health services
    • youth work
    • family and social services
    • public and private sector management
    • juvenile justice and corrective services
    • relationship counselling
    • residential care worker
    • private sector administration and management
    • correctional services

    Graduates from the Bachelor of Psychological Science work across a range of jobs and sectors, in addition to the option of engaging in further study to hold a career as a Psychologist. Graduates from this degree can look in areas such as research assistants, recruitment agencies, government agencies such as Centerlink, rehabilitation agencies, marketing companies, human resources or any type of area that can utilise skills in data analysis, critical thinking, report writing, time management, communication and presentation.

    The Bachelor of Psychological Science leads to a variety of careers, some of which will require further study.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    This program has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Graduates who have completed this program will be eligible to apply for an honours year, followed by a two-year postgraduate qualification. This sequence of study will lead to professional registration as a psychologist.

    Potential careers

    Lecturer, Animal Behaviouralist, Ministerial Adviser, Parliamentary Member, Development Officer, Project Officer, Research Assistant, Welfare Officer, Marketer / Marketing Manager, Human Resource Manager, Clinical Psychologist, Community Psychologist, Organisational Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Educational & Developmental Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, Sports & Exercise Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Academic, Medical Research, Careers Counsellor, Political Adviser, ...

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Global Learning Experience

    Psychology students can select from a wide range of partner universities who offer semester exchange programs. See example study plan.

  • Degree Structure
    The Bachelor of Psychological Science is a flexible degree with a variety of elective courses available. Students can choose their courses based on general interest or to broaden their major.

    In the first year, students are able to choose five elective courses from areas such as arts, health and medical sciences, sciences, computer science and commerce, alongside the three core psychology courses.

    At the beginning of second year, students either select a second major or continue to choose from a wide variety of electives alongside four core psychology courses.

    In the third year, students complete four core psychology courses, including a compulsory research methodology course. The other four courses can be selected from psychology courses or electives. For students who chose to undertake a second major, the electives in third year will consist of second major courses.

    The main objective of the degree is to provide students with a thorough education in the scientific discipline of psychology, while also introducing students to the application of the discipline. Since psychology is an evidence-based discipline, students will also have an opportunity to find out about the range of methodologies employed to collect and analyse data.

    The Bachelor of Psychological Science enables students to graduate with a psychology specialty and a second specialty chosen from more than 35 available topics.

    On completion of this degree, students are eligible to apply for an honours year in psychology at the University of Adelaide as well as other universities around the country that offer honours programs accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. It should be noted that an honours year in psychology is required to gain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

    To become a registered psychologist, students need to complete a 2-year Masters program. At the University of Adelaide we offer three areas of specialisation; Master of Psychology (Clinical), Master of Psychology (Health) and Master of Psychology (Organisational & Human Factors).

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Students have the option of completing a second major in the Bachelor of Psychological Science. Along with their core psychology courses students can choose from one of the following areas:

    • Addiction Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Asian Studies
    • Biochemistry
    • Chinese Studies
    • Classics
    • Computer Science
    • Creative Writing
    • Criminology
    • English
    • European Studies
    • French Studies
    • Gender Studies
    • Genetics
    • Geography
    • Environment and Population
    • German Studies
    • History
    • Human Neuroscience
    • Indigenous Knowledges and Society
    • Indonesian Studies
    • International Development
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Microbiology
    • Modern Greek Studies
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Politics & International Studies
    • Population Health
    • Sociology
    • Spanish Studies

    Example Study Plan

    To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Psychological Science, the student must satisfactorily complete a program of study consisting of core Psychology courses.

    A second major, as specified in the Bachelor of Psychological Science Academic Program Rules, is optional and not a compulsory requirement for this degree. Students choosing a second major must also complete electives to the value of 15 units, with a combined total of not less than 72 units. 

    Students choosing not to complete a second major must complete electives up to the value of 39 units with a combined total of not less than 72 units. Students have the option of completing all six Level 3 core psychology cores.

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1         S1 Psychology IA Second major Elective Elective
    S2 Psychology IB Research Methods in Psychology Second major Elective
    Year 2S1 Doing Research in Psychology Foundations of Perception and Cognition Second major Elective
    S2 Psychology in Society Foundations of Health and Lifespan Second major Elective
    Year 3S1 Two from the following three:
    Individual Differences, Personality & Assessment*
    • Psychology, Science and Society*
    • Learning and Behaviour*
    Second major Second major
    S2 Doing Research in Psychology:
    Advanced (compulsory)
    One from the following two:
    Health & Lifespan Developmental Psychology*
    • Perception and Cognition*
    Second major Second major
    *Choose three from the five core psychology courses offered at level 3.

    Concurrent degrees

    Students are able to study a second degree concurrently with their Bachelor of Psychological Science degree. This will take four years. Credit will be granted towards both degrees for Level 1 and 2 courses. Students will need to complete a full load at Level 3 for both the Bachelor of Psychological Science and for the concurrent degree.


    Assessment will be based on a combination of oral presentations, practical assignments, tutorial participation and written examinations. Both face-to-face and online methodologies will be used.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017


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