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What will I learn?

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour, the human brain and its effect on the way we act and why. This fascinating area of study covers a broad range of areas such as memory, decision-making and developmental studies.

In addition to gaining knowledge in a diverse array of psychology fields, the Bachelor of Psychological Science also encompasses statistical analysis and research methodologies to provide you with comprehensive skills that can be utilised across a variety of career paths. Your study will help you become an expert in human behaviour and give you the skills to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science covers a wide range of subject areas. In your first year you will examine the influences on behaviour and personality plus the mechanisms of behaviour such as emotions, perception, learning and memory. Second year expands on these topics to include areas of the biological basis of behaviour, while in third year you will study core topics in more depth. Throughout the degree you will learn about:

  • research methodology
  • statistics
  • cognition and information processing
  • social psychology and personality
  • clinical and abnormal behaviour
  • neuroscience
  • psychopharmacology
  • perceptual processes and learning theory
  • developmental psychology

Depending on your marks throughout your degree you will have the option to study Honours. Honours gives you a good research base to progress on to postgraduate study and can also boost your employment prospects. We are one of only a handful of universities to offer a Psychological Science (Honours) degree and this gives you a better chance to pursue higher positions and salaries after you graduate.

Career opportunities

Professionals in the field of psychology work in a large range of areas.

If you want to practise as a clinical psychologist you will need to complete additional postgraduate study after your Bachelor of Psychological Science degree - Master of Clinical Psychology.

Following is a list of possible areas you could move into after this degree:

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Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

CRICOS

095149D

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$41,430.00 (22,32,220) per year
The University of Newcastle is pleased to announce a new Study from Home Fee Waiver for commencing international students who cannot study in Australia due to border closures. Do not delay your study plans – start studying online and complete your studies in Australia when borders open. For students who commence studies online and offshore, we are offering a discount of up to 20%.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 July 2022

Venue

Central Coast Campus

10 Chittaway Road,

OURIMBAH,

New South Wales,

2258, CENTRAL COAST, Australia

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$41,430.00 (22,32,220) per year
The University of Newcastle is pleased to announce a new Study from Home Fee Waiver for commencing international students who cannot study in Australia due to border closures. Do not delay your study plans – start studying online and complete your studies in Australia when borders open. For students who commence studies online and offshore, we are offering a discount of up to 20%.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 July 2022

Venue

University of Newcastle

Callaghan Campus,

University Drive,

CALLAGHAN,

New South Wales,

2308, NEWCASTLE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC). TOEFL paper-based test score of 500; TOEFL internet based score of 60; IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0; PTE GSE score of 50; Cambridge English: Advanced score of 52.

For international students

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC).

TOEFL paper-based test score of 589; TOEFL internet based score of 94; IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0; PTE GSE score of 65; Cambridge English: Advanced score of 67.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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