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Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

If you have completed a degree in another field, and wish to pursue a career in psychology, the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) may be for you.

In order to be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist, you are required to complete a four year psychology degree or equivalent. The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) is designed to allow you to complete the equivalent of the first three years of this requirement. Upon completion, you will then be eligible to apply to enter our Graduate Diploma of Psychology Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology to complete the fourth year of study required.

You are also eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning, in which case you will only be required to complete only 12 core psychology courses; shortening the time it will take you to complete this degree.

The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will equip you with a broad range of theoretical perspectives, designed to enhance your knowledge surrounding the discipline of psychology and its applications. During this program you will also enhance your research skills with focus placed on the various methodologies and statistical techniques adopted by researchers already within the profession. The ability to apply theoretical knowledge when undertaking research activities will provide you with the opportunity to either continue with further study to become a registered psychologist or commence in a career that requires and utilises an in depth understanding of human behaviour.

At CQUniversity, our staff will provide you with a high-quality learning experience through the use of both innovative and technologically advanced teaching strategies. These methods will be adopted for both on-campus and distance education students. As a distance student, you will benefit from access to dedicated tutors and Distance Education Study Centres located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Bachelor of Science (Psychology) **

Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Intake Dates February; July; November
Mode of Study On-Campus; Distance
Domestic Availability  BundabergRockhamptonDistance Education 
Prerequisites English (4,SA)
Rank*  OP: NEW    SR: NEW    ATAR: NEW
QTAC Code BDG: 813591, ROK: 853591, Distance: 853595

BDG - Bundaberg, ROK - Rockhampton

* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page should be used as a guide only, please check with the respective Admission Centre for the latest information www.qtac.edu.au, www.vtac.edu.au, www.uac.edu.au

**  October entry is for study by Distance Education only.

What am I studying?

The roles of psychologists are as many and varied as human life itself. Psychologists study human (and sometimes animal) behaviour, conduct research and intervene in order to help individuals, organisations or even societies.

They can be involved in work as diverse as promoting mental health through to providing the police with a criminal profile. Research-active psychologists conduct both pure and applied research. Practitioner psychologists may work in schools, assessing children’s cognitive abilities or behaviour; in hospitals, assessing patients’ mental state and devising interventions; in the workplace, developing selection tests or diagnosing dysfunctional organisations; or on the sports field, developing psychological programs to help athletes reach their full potential.

To become a registered psychologist you must complete an accredited four year undergraduate degree in psychology, or equivalent, and then undertake the required industry supervision (approximately two years) or relevant postgraduate study.

If you wish to complete an undergraduate psychology degree and do not want to become a registered psychologist, you will be able to use your skills in areas such as research and statistics, human resources, policy and planning, welfare, counselling, employment services, training and education and marketing. If you have an inquisitive mind, enjoy working with people and want diversity in your job, then a career in psychology could be for you.

Why Study Psychology and Social Work at CQUniversity

CQUniversity offers programs in arts, psychology, professional communication, sociology and social work.

These programs are dynamic and diverse, providing a solid basis for a range of career options. Our programs assist in developing your critical-thinking skills, oral and written communication techniques, research ability and capacity for further independent study.

Work experience and practical projects have also been integrated into many of our programs to ensure that your learning is relevant to your chosen career and provides you with the skills you need in the workforce.

Our lecturers and academics are leaders in their respective fields and bring a wealth of practical knowledge and real-life experience from which you can learn. Our programs have been designed as a way to launch your career or to allow you to pursue specialist postgraduate studies and research higher degrees, which we also offer.

CQUniversity also hosts a range of research centres that enable you to undertake a research project in an area of interest.

Career Opportunities

Psychologists are employed in a variety of settings including career counselling, clinical neuropsychology, clinical, child, counselling, educational, forensic, health, organisational and sports psychology, as well as in teaching and research. The majority of psychologists work in the private sector, although significant numbers are also employed by government departments and agencies. However, not all graduates with a psychology degree ultimately choose to practice as psychologists with many choosing additional pathways that rely heavily on a sound understanding of human behaviour and interactions. For example, you may also find employment in areas such as human resource management, rehabilitation, business management, teaching, school guidance counselling, scientific research, public health, defence and special education.

Program Structure

You are required to complete a total of 24 courses including 12 core psychology courses and 12 elective courses. If you have previously completed a Bachelor’s degree, you will only be required to complete the 12 core psychology courses. Please contact us for more information.

Course Information

For example courses you could study as part of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) program please click here.

As CQUniversity is committed to providing quality, up-to-date and relevant education, please note courses are refreshed regularly and may not be an exact indication of course availability for your study. Please call 13CQUni 13 27 86 if you have specific questions regarding course information regarding your specific application.

Residential School and Study Requirements

There is an optional residential school in the third year of study.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).