Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business

Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University
  • Awarded by

    Charles Sturt University

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    4 years full-time, 8 years part-time

  • Start Date

    Apply now for next intake

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes

    Business Manager | Marketing Manager | Counsellor

Last modified: 01 May 2018

In a Nutshell

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University is a highly specialised double degree that fosters the professional, organisational and communication skills required to forge a successful career in business management.

By combining the study of human behavioural processes with fundamental business training, students will receive a multidisciplinary grounding in skills crucial to effective management.

The course is designed to develop critical analysis and scientific methods, and aims to prepare students to ask the right questions, search for relevant data and interpret results. Students will also be trained to become highly dynamic communicators, with the course targeting skills such as rational argument, critical evaluation and effective listening and writing. 

Distance education students should also note this course includes a compulsory residential school component for some subjects. 

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    To be eligible to enter this program, applicants must:

    • Have completed the Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of at least 66 or equivalent
    • AND

    • Meet minimum requirements for English language proficiency
  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business course, the subjects you will study include:

    Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) core subjects:

    • Foundations of psychology 1
    • Foundations of psychology 2
    • Introduction to psychological enquiry
    • Research methods and statistics in psychology
    • Developmental psychology
    • Social psychology
    • Psychological testing
    • Biopsychology
    • Advanced research methods and statistics in psychology
    • Qualitative research methods

    And at least three of the following subjects:

    • Language and subjectivity
    • Psychopathology
    • Psychology of personality
    • Cognition
    • Psychology of learning

    Plus one subject chosen from the remaining core level 3 psychology subjects, OR from the following:

    • Indigenous Australians and psychology: an introduction
    • Psychology of crime
    • Health psychology
    • Psychology of substance abuse
    • Psychology international experience
    • Psychology and the legal system

    Compulsory sociology subjects:

    • Introductory sociology
    • Social inequality

    Bachelor of Business core subjects:

    • Business economics
    • Organisations and management
    • Ethics and sustainability culture

    Foundation subjects (choose at least two):

    • Accounting 1: information for businesses
    • Business placement
    • Communication and information management
    • Business law
    • Marketing and society (excluded for students majoring in marketing)

    Human resource management specialisation subjects:

    • Human resource management
    • Developing human resources
    • Issues in human resource management
    • Strategic human resource management

    And at least four subjects from the following:

    • Labour economics
    • Industrial relations in Australia
    • Organisational behaviour
    • Managing change
    • Business strategy
    • Leadership issues

    Management specialisation subjects:

    • Human resource management
    • Organisational behaviour
    • Service operations management
    • Business strategy

    And at least four subjects from the following:

    • Industrial relations in Australia
    • Business organisations law
    • E-commerce
    • Project management
    • Managing change
    • International business management
    • Leadership issues

    Marketing specialisation subjects:

    • Marketing and society
    • Buyer behaviour
    • Market research
    • Strategic marketing management

    And at least four subjects from the following:

    • Brand management
    • Market analysis
    • International marketing
    • Marketing communications
    • Marketing of services
    • B2B marketing
    • Product innovation management
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  • Why Charles Sturt University?

    One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology. Charles Sturt has 16 campuses in the eastern states of Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include: Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.

    CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

    You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • New South Wales: Bathurst

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon completion of this course, you will have gained the knowledge and skills to become an effective and professionally responsible businessperson with core capabilities in organisational management.

Graduates are provided with the dual competencies of psychology and business, offering prospects in a wide range of career paths in both private and government sectors. Fields such as human resources, personnel, market research, community services, health and social welfare present a number of opportunities for employment.

Wondering where a career in business management could take you? Potential job outcomes may include: Manager, Team Leader, Operations Manager, Business Development Manager, Office Manager, Store Manager, Sales Manager, Project Manager, Supervisor.

Let's Talk Price

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are an Australian resident you may also be eligible to receive Austudy/Abstudy or Youth Allowance.

CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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