Bachelor of Applied Science - Psychology

RMIT University

Psychology explores the science of the mind and human nature. You'll examine mental states and processes and how they affect human behaviour. You'll gain strong theoretical and practical skills. The program is the basis for further study if you want to become a practising psychologist or use your study in other careers. Your studies will include the biological bases of behaviour including brain behaviour relationships, sensation, perception and consciousness, theories of learning, memory and cognition emotion, motivation and stress. The course includes a research project where you work one-on-one with staff on staff-initiated research projects. You'll also have the option of completing a 15-day industry placement. The psychology component of the degree is 25% of first year, 62.5% of second year and 62.5% of third year. Elective subjects may include information technology, nutrition, applied psychology, health statistics and computer science amongst others.

Course Fee:

Australian: $83,520
International: $97,920

Entry Requirements:

Current Year 12 prerequisites - units 1 and 2 - Mathematics (any). Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in one of Geography, Mathematics (any) or Science (any); and a study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English (EAL).


Year 1 - You'll study these foundation areas: biological bases of behaviour including brain behaviour relationships, sensation, perception and consciousness; theories of learning, memory and cognition (including theories of intelligence); theories of emotion, motivation and stress You will also study these principles of psychology: personality, psychopathology. social psychology Year 2 - You'll study biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, research methods in psychology and social psychology. Year 3 - The third year includes philosophy and methodology of psychology, psychological assessment and individual differences, psychology in society and organisations, psychopathology and models of intervention, and a research project. Australian Psychology Accreditation Council elective examples: Cross-cultural and Organisational Psychology; Forensic Psychology; Psychology of Gender; Health and Sport Psychology

Subjects you can Study:

Behavioural science, Consumer behaviour, Psychology (biological), Psychology (cognitive), Psychology (developmental), Psychology (personality), Psychology (social).

Study Pathways:

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) or the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), you may be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours). Degree graduates in another discipline who have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Behavioural Science may be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours).

Further information:

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include organisational management, health, sport, cross-cultural studies, counselling, HR, working with people with disabilities, research, training, market research and with further study, teaching.


The psychology major in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) is a partial requirement for membership of the Australian Psychological Society. It is also a partial requirement for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, subject to further study or clinical practice. This program has been accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00122A

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 68.1 No Full time 3 years
City 68.1 No Part time
Bundoora 65.15 No Full time 3 years
Bundoora 65.15 No Part time 6 years

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

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At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

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The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

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