Bachelor of Psychological Science
Uncover our inner workings
Are you fascinated by the human mind? Do you wonder what motivates our behaviour?
Psychological science investigates the way people think, behave, feel and learn. It studies processes of the human mind— including personality, intelligence and memory—so that we can better understand ourselves.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Psychological Science nurtures creativity, analysis and communication skills. You will:
- learn about human development and the biological bases of behaviour
- investigate the mechanics of perception and learning
- explore the nature of motivation and emotion
- gain experience with psychological tests
- develop skills for counselling
- choose between over 35 majors and electives from related disciplines
- design and undertake meaningful research projects.
Where could it take you?
You could become a social psychologist, doing large-scale research to change the way we go about our lives. You might work in community services with people of all ages and backgrounds, or in market research and advertising. Perhaps you’ll go on to further study in the field and become a qualified psychologist.
A graduate entry pathway is available. Learn more under Further Information below.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au 2018 CSP ATAR 65.45 2018 CSP IB 24 2018 Guaranteed Entry Score 80 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students team 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 Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors (such as bonus points)).
Alternative entry pathways
Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au
- Higher Education applicants
You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), 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 2017). 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.
- Other Entry Pathways
CRICOS 060177M Intake February and July
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry Requirements
Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 75 International Baccalaureate (IB) 26 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 18 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70 British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.8 Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 80 ISC & CBSE [India] 70% ISBE [India] 80% SAT [US] 1200 Abitur 3.4 Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5 Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5 STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78 Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 74 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74 Eynesbury Foundation Program 360 ANU Foundation Studies 66 Monash Foundation Year 70 Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 72 UNSW Foundation Year 7.0 University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.7 Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 59 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.2 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 74 Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
- Higher Education applicants
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $6,975
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Career ReadinessPsychology 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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
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.
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A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 Study Overseas opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
Study Overseas ExperiencePsychology students can select from a wide range of partner universities who offer semester exchange programs. See example study plan.
Degree StructureThe 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 four 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 two areas of specialisation; Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Psychology (Health).
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
- Asian Studies
- Chinese Studies
- Computer Science
- Creative Writing
- European Studies
- French Studies
- Gender Studies
- Environment and Population
- German Studies
- Human Neuroscience
- Indigenous Knowledges and Society
- Indonesian Studies
- International Development
- Italian Studies
- Japanese Studies
- Modern Greek Studies
- Politics & International Studies
- Population Health
- Spanish Studies
Example Study PlanTo 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.
*Choose three from the five core psychology courses offered at level 3.
Indicative study plan Year 1 S1 PSYCHOL 1000
Research Methods in Psychology (BPsychSc)
Open Elective Level I Open Elective Level I S2 PSYCHOL 1001
Psychology Skills & Applications
Open Elective Level I Open Elective Level I Year 2 S1 PSYCHOL 2004
Doing Research in Psychology
Foundations of Perception & Cognition
Big Picture Psychology: Global Challenges, Psychological Perspectives
Open Elective Level II S2 PSYCHOL 2007
Psychology in Society
Foundations of Health & Lifespan
Open Elective Level II Open Elective Level II Year 3 S1 Two from the following three
PSYCHOL 3022 Individual Differences, Personality & Assess
PSYCHOL 3027 Psychology, Science & Society
PSYCHOL 3026 Learning & Behaviour
Open Elective Level III Open Elective Level III S2 PSYCHOL 3020 Doing Research in Psych: Advanced (compulsory)
One from the following two
PSYCHOL 3021 Health & Lifespan Developmental Psych
PSYCHOL 3023 Perception & Cognition
Open Elective Level III Open Elective Level III
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.
AssessmentAssessment 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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- Program Information Leaflet
- School of Psychology
- Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
- Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
- Australian Psychological Society
- Psychology Board of Australia
A graduate entry pathway into the Bachelor of Psychological Science (SATAC code 3BG003) is also available. Applications for the graduate-entry version of the degree should be made via South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC) Postgraduate portal.
This Bachelor of Psychological Science pathway is designed for applicants who have completed a three-year undergraduate degree that did not include psychology. Applicants accepted as graduate-entry students will be eligible for up to 48 units of advanced standing.
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Last updated: Thursday, 10 Jan 2019