Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

The University of Adelaide

Psychology is a fascinating area of study that offers unique insight into human behaviour and why people think and behave in certain ways. The Bachelor of Psychological Science is ideal for students who are creative but enjoy facts and figures, and who wish to develop superior problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills relevant to a wide range of careers. The Bachelor of Psychological Science delivers a comprehensive foundation in psychology as well as providing a choice of more than 35 majors and electives from various disciplines across the University. Innovative teaching methods and small class sizes provide ample opportunities for students to develop strong connections with their classmates and to learn from lecturers who are leaders in their field. Graduates from the Bachelor of Psychological Science are well suited to a range of exciting careers in a variety of jobs and sectors, and have the option of engaging in further study to become a qualified psychologist.

Entry Requirements:

Graduate entry only. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from an approved university (less than 10 years old). The undergraduate degree must be equivalent to an Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three year major sequence of study in Psychology. For information on accrediation please see: http://www.psychologycouncil.org.au/faqs/ Applicants will be ranked for an offer based on academic performance of psychology courses taken at Level II and Level III. The formula used to calculate this weighted average score is as follows: Weighted Average = (Level II Psychology courses x 50% weighting) + (Level III Psychology courses x 50% weighting) Quotas apply.

Structure:

The 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 five 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.

Subjects you can Study:

Honours can be completed full-time (1-year) or part-time (2 consecutive years). Students completing a full-time load need to complete 24 units from which 12 units will be the thesis, 6 units will be 2 compulsory courses and 6-units will be 2 elective choices.

Study Pathways:

Clinical psychology—specialising in the assessment, treatment and prevention of a wide range of emotional and behavioural problems; Health psychology—learning skills in illness prevention and treatment in public health settings; Organisational psychology—applying knowledge of human behaviour to the enhancement of organisational effectiveness, productivity and individual wellbeing; Clinical neuropsychology—specialising in the assessment and treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders associated with dysfunction of brain processes or head injury; Counselling psychology—helping individuals, families and other groups with issues related to personal wellbeing, interpersonal relationships, work, recreation, health and crisis management; Educational psychology—working within schools or the public service; Sport and exercise psychology—helping individuals and teams develop the skills needed to enhance performance and enjoyment when participating in physical activity; Research/academic psychology—applying skills to the advancement and communication of knowledge relating to psychology; Geropsychology—applying practical knowledge of primary prevention strategies, clinical intervention and rehabilitation for older people;

Recognition:

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.

Accepts International Students:

Yes

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