Bachelor of Psychological Science

Federation University

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is designed to prepare graduates to embark on a career in psychology and related professions. This degree is accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Upon graduation, students intending to become psychologists can apply to continue their studies in one of our APAC accredited fourth-year programs: Graduate Diploma of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). Alternatively, you may wish to pursue a career in a related profession. The Bachelor of Psychological Science provides you with a strong foundation of fundamental knowledge, theory, and understanding of different aspects of psychology. Our study options and smaller class sizes provide the opportunity to learn, develop, and apply a host of transferable skills that will be valuable in your professional and personal lives, including communication skills, research skills, and high level of problem solving and critical thinking skills. Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to explore a range of subjects which examine complexities of human thought and behavior, including developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, abnormal psychology, and personality. You will also have the option of broadening the scope of your studies through your chosen electives. Career options for Bachelor of Psychological Science graduates include work in community welfare and case management, business and industry, youth and family support, the criminal justice system, marketing, and research. Following further study you can join other Federation University graduates as registered psychologists who work in one of the many specialist psychology areas, including clinical, clinical-neuro, community, counselling, developmental, forensic, health, organisational, sport and academic psychology.

Course Fee:

International: $77,100

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 - Prerequisites Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English; ATAR. Non Year 12 - Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the Federation University Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST); Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher; applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.


This program consists of 360 credit points. Students will complete 17 core courses, as well as four specialised minor elective courses and 2 general elective courses.

Subjects you can Study:

Abnormal psychology; Cognitive psychology; Current issues in psychology; Introduction to psychology; Introduction to research methods in psychology; Lifespan developmental psychology; Logic and reasoning; Personality; Psychological testing and assessment; Social psychology; Statistical methods

Study Pathways:

Credit will be considered if students have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications. Graduates of this program can proceed to an accredited fourth year program, a Graduate Diploma or Honours in Psychology. After an appropriate fourth year program and either two years postgraduate study or two years of supervised practice, students may apply for registration as a psychologist in Australia.

Further information:

Further information:


The degree is recognised as an accredited undergraduate course by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No info Yes Full time 3 years
Gippsland (Churchill) No info Yes Online 6 years
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No info Yes Part time 6 years
Berwick No info Yes Part time 6 years
Gippsland (Churchill) No info Yes Part time 6 years
Berwick No info Yes Full time 3 years
Gippsland (Churchill) No info Yes Full time 3 years

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