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What will I study?

In the Psychology major you will take a sequence of courses that provide you with a firm grounding in all subdisciplines of psychology including neuroscience; learning and cognition; developmental psychology; and social psychology, as well as scientific methods and statistical techniques used in psychological research. As part of your program of study you will also choose from various specialty elective courses in second and third year, allowing you to pursue your personal interests in the field. Examples of elective courses include: Judgment & Decision-Making, Behavioural Neuroscience, Psychotherapies & Counselling and Development in Infancy.

Students in this major learn how to apply the scientific perspective to psychological phenomena in the laboratory and in practice. Each course in the undergraduate sequence focuses on both theory and practice, so that you will graduate with an in-depth understanding of the issues well as some proficiency in conducting psychological research and interpreting the findings. The undergraduate major in psychology prepares students for Honours-level study, which is a prerequisite for professional practice in psychology. Students who are interested in professional registration as a psychologist, must undertake the extended major in order to be eligible for entry into the Honours program. 

Psychology is available as a single or extended major.

1st Year Study Planner

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for program – all BSc students must complete this course
  • Prerequisite for major – course required for this major
  • Recommended – other science course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Elective - choose a Level 1 course that interests you
Year 1-Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
PSYC1020 Introduction to Psychology: Physiological & Cognitive Psychology Prerequisite for major
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Recommended
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
Year 1- Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
PSYC1030 Introduction to Psychology: Developmental, Social, & Clinical Psychology Prerequisite for major
PSYC1040 Psychological Research Methodology I1 Prerequisite for major
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

1. Students who complete both PSYC1040 & PSYC2010 will be exempt from STAT1201.

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

For the Extended Major you are required to complete #22 (#10 at Level 2 and #12 at Level 3) from the Psychology course list. Students interested in seeking accreditation from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) must complete the Extended Major.

The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used as a guide to planning your program. Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the major requirements.

This Australian Psychological Society (APS) accredited Psychology sequence is compulsory for students intending to apply for admission to BSc(Hons-Psychology).

#16 for -

Semester Course Code & Title
Sem 1 or 2 PSYC2010 Psychological Research Methodology II
Sem 1 or 2 PSYC2020 Neuroscience for Psychologists
Sem 1 or 2 PSYC2030 Developmental Psychology
Sem 1 or 2 PSYC2040 Social & Organisational Psychology
Sem 1 or 2 PSYC2050 Learning & Cognition
Sem 1 PSYC3010 Psychological Research Methodology III
Sem 2 PSYC3020 Principles of Psychological Assessment
Sem 1 PSYC3102 Psychopathology

and #2 for -

Semester Course Code & Title
Sem 2 PSYC3042 Psychological Research: Interpretation & Evaluation

(or one additional elective from any of the five areas of study listed below)

and #4 from two of five areas (a)–(e) listed below:

  • (a) Applied/Professional Psychology
    Semester Course Code & Title
    Sem 2 PSYC3000 Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology
    (Not currently offered) PSYC3071 Psychology of Disability
    Sem 2 PSYC3082 Psychotherapies and Counselling
    Sem 2 PSYC3132 Health Psychology
    Sem 1 PSYC3202 Industrial & Organisational Psychology
  • (b) Biological Psychology
    Semester Course Code & Title
    Sem 2 ANAT3022 Functional Neuroanatomy
    (Not currently offered) PSYC3222 Psychophysiology: Methods & Applications
    (Not currently offered) PSYC3232 Behavioural Neuroscience: Learning & Emotion
    Sem 2 PSYC3262 Evolutionary Approaches to Human Behaviour
    Sem 1 PSYC3272 The Neuroscience of Social Behaviour
    Sem 2 PSYC3302 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • (c) Cognitive Psychology
    Semester Course Code & Title
    Sem 2 PSYC3052 Judgment & Decision-Making
    Sem 1 PSYC3062 Introduction to Human Factors
    Sem 1 PSYC3192 Sensory Neuroscience
  • (d) Developmental Psychology
    Semester Course Code & Title
    Sem 2 MUSC3340 Music, Cognition & Development
    (Not currently offered) PSYC3092 Language Development
    (Not currently offered) PSYC3152 Applied Topics in Lifespan Development
    (Not currently offered) PSYC3162 Development in Infancy
    Sem 1 PSYC3282 Developmental Perspectives on the Origins of Human Culture
    Sem 2 PSYC3312 Parenting and Family Psychology
  • (e) Social Psychology
    Semester Course Code & Title
    Sem 1 PSYC3032 Topics in Social Psychology
    Sem 1 PSYC3122 Attitudes & Social Cognition
    Sem 2 PSYC3142 Intergroup Relations & Group Processes
    (Not currently offered) PSYC3292 Social Psychology of Emotion



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