Bachelor of Psychological Sciences
Swinburne Online - online delivery only
The three-year undergraduate major in psychology is professionally accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
Graduates of this degree are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) – Graduate Entry.
Every international student application is considered for a scholarship
Whether you’re living in Australia or overseas, you’re automatically considered for a scholarship of up to 30% off your course fees. Please check our updated entry requirements.
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Online (March, July, November) - View application and start dates
A$37520 (annual for 2023)*
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Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
The Bachelor of Psychological Sciences provides students with knowledge and skills that will improve their ability to understand and explain human behaviour and relationships.
The Psychology sequence within the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This course provides a first step to becoming a professional psychologist.
After completing a degree with an APAC accredited major in psychology, students may apply to undertake a fourth year in psychology and then further study in specialist areas of professional psychology such as counselling, health, clinical, organisational, and sports psychology.
International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.
- 4 core units of study (50 credit points)
- 1 online core unit of study (12.5 credit points)
- 8 Psychology discipline major units of study (100 credit points)
- 11 units of study (137.5 credit points) comprising a second major, co-major, advanced minor, minor/s and/or electives
Maximum Academic Credit
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences is 200 credit points (normally 16 units)
Units of study
PSY10008 Fundamentals of Psychology
PSY10005 Introduction to Research Methods
PSY20007 Developmental Psychology*
PSY30013 History and Philosophy of Psychology
STA20006 Analysis of Variance and Regression*
PSY20016 Social Psychology *
PSY30003 Psychology Project*
PSY30008 Psychology of Personality*
PSY30010 Abnormal Psychology*
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives and professional recognition.
Aims and objectives
- systematically review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to inform their knowledge and conceptual understandings in social and behavioural sciences, and psychology
- formulate arguments that are fit for purpose and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theories and evidence in behavioural studies and psychology
- critically analyse information to generate creative solutions to solve complex problems in the area of social and behavioural sciences and psychology
- define and integrate theoretical principles and apply these in their disciplinary areas of expertise
- apply knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for their own learning and practice, individually and in collaboration with others
- interpret and communicate ideas, problems and arguments in modes suitable to a range of audiences using a range of media
- coherently articulate a line of reasoning demonstrating cultural sensitivity and apply a framework to analyse and offer solutions to ethical dilemmas in local and international context.
The Psychology sequence within the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Course fees and requirements
- Fees, entry requirements and English language requirements.
English language requirements
Satisfactory completion of one of the following:
- Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%
- minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.
- any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.
Find out more about English language requirements.
How to apply
Please note: This online course is not available to on-shore international students holding a student visa.
View the Course Admission Information, which includes the ATAR and Student profiles for this course. Swinburne’s general admissions information is also available here.
Find out more
Tel: +61 3 9956 0777 (outside Australia)