Bachelor of Psychological Science

University of New England
University of New England
  • Awarded by

    University of New England

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    1.5‒3 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start Date

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  • Location


  • Career Outcomes

    Counsellor | Psychologist | Exercise Scientist | Welfare Worker | View all

Last modified: 01 Feb 2018

In a Nutshell

If you've always wanted to know what makes people tick, this online or on-campus Bachelor of Psychology at the University of New England (UNE) could be the course for you.

You'll study more psychology units as you progress through the course, giving you the option to explore other areas of interest in the early years of your degree. When you graduate, you'll possess a coherent theoretical and empirical knowledge of core psychology topics, and familiarity with a variety of specialist areas, such as social psychology, biopsychology, psychological assessment and psychopathology.

If you've already completed a bachelor degree, you'll be eligible to apply for entry to this course as a graduate student.

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
    • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
    • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
    • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
    • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
    • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
    • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission; AND
    • Hold a bachelor degree from a recognised university in any discipline.

    Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

    You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this psychology course, the subjects you may study include:

    Core units:

    • Critical thinking and decision-making
    • Introductory psychology I & II
    • Social psychology
    • Research methods and statistics
    • Cognitive psychology
    • Lifespan developmental psychology
    • Biopsychology
    • Psychological testing
    • Advanced research methods and statistics

    Listed units:

    • The craft of academic writing
    • Professional communication practice
    • Health psychology
    • Psychology in the workplace
    • Motivation and emotion
    • Sport and exercise psychology
    • Cognitive affective and social neuroscience
    • Behaviour modification
    • Environmental psychology: how to tame an ecological serial killer
    • Psychology of perception
    • Abnormal psychology
    • Special topics in psychological research
    • Mixed methods in social research
    • Work integrated learning – professional skills development
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  • Why University of New England?

    Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.

    The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

    With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

    To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

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: Armidale

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of New England.

Employment opportunities for graduates are available in a wide range of public, private and non-profit settings, including human service organisations, employment agencies, counselling services, personnel management, market research, health and community services. This degree can also allow graduates to apply for entry into advanced psychology courses.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Wondering where a career in psychology could take you? Potential job outcomes may include;

Let's Talk Price

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.


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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