Bachelor of Psychology

Approved Abbreviation: BPsy

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1500.3

CRICOS Code: 041143A

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2006 to 2007.

Commencement Year 2005 - 1500.2 Bachelor of Psychology

Commencement Year 2001 to 2004 - 1500.1 Bachelor of Psychology

The Bachelor of Psychology award is a four-year undergraduate program. The degree is strongly vocational and seeks to equip the student with the specialist psychological, and research methods skills that a new psychologist would need on entering the workforce, or on proceeding to advanced study. For those students who meet the entry requirements the fourth year of the course is an honours program, comprising year-long research methods seminar, two units on contemporary issues in psychology, and a specialised research project presented as a thesis. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) graded award. Those students not undertaking honours complete the specialist program in their fourth year. This comprises three electives, a year-long research methods seminar, and an empirical research project. Students intending to apply for the honours program must do so by 31 October of their third year of study.

Study Mode
Four years full-time.

Advanced standing

Enquiries regarding credit transfer should be directed to the head of the School of Psychology.

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Graduates of this award will be eligible for Provisional registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).


Admission is through UAC, or equivalent rank for non-recent school leavers.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

101184Psychology: Human Behaviour
101187Biology for Psychology
101190Introduction to Research Methods

One elective unit

Spring session

101183Psychology: Behavioural Science
101188Genetics and Bioscience for Psychologists
101189Introduction to Logical Thinking

One elective unit

Year 2

Autumn session

100013Experimental Design and Analysis
100020Social and Developmental Psychology
101182Behaviour and Environment

One elective unit

Spring session

100006Advanced Survey Design and Analysis
100018Personality, Motivation and Emotion
100022Biological Psychology and Perceptual Processes

One elective unit

Year 3

Autumn session

100015History and Philosophy of Psychology
100016Human Learning and Cognition

Two psychology units from the prescribed pool

Spring session

100004Abnormal Behaviour and Psychological Testing

Two psychology units from the prescribed pool

Undergraduate Psychology Prescribed Pool of Optional Units:

100007Applied Cognition and Human Performance
100010Depth Psychology
100021The Psychology of Superstitious Belief and Paranormal Experiences
100023Psychology of Language
100539Psychology Across Cultures
100800Consumer Psychology
100932Social Processes and Behaviour
101191Organisational Psychology
101193Health Psychology
101192Psychology of Religion
101186Psychology of Learning Environments
101185Developmental Psychology 0-18 years

Psychology of Learning Environments (101186.1) and Developmental Psychology 0-18 Years (101185.1) are new units to be offered by the School of Psychology as elective units in the Bachelor of Education Studies (Child and Family). These units will also be available as Psychology electives to students in this program and to students studying a Psychology Key Program.

Year 4

Students complete either the year long embedded Honours program or the Specialist Psychology program as follows:

Bachelor of Psychology Specialist Year

The one year specialist program consists of 80 credit points comprising five components:

100488Empirical Research Project
100487Empirical Research Methods Seminar

Three Postgraduate Diploma units drawn from the following Psychology prescribed pool:

Autumn session

100027Addictive Behaviours
100037Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents
100543Foundations of Analytical Psychology
101196Human Performance in Applied Psychology
101202Narrative and Jungian Psychology
101247Counselling and Consultation

Spring session

100530Developmental Psychopathology
101195Counselling and Intervention Through the Lifespan
101197Consulting in Applied Psychology
101198Principles and Practices of Forensic Psychology
101201Madness and Culture

Bachelor of Psychology Honours Year

An Honours stream is offered - see the Honours in Bachelors Awards Policy and associated College Guidelines for the admission criteria:

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The Honours year in psychology is an embedded award which permits Western Sydney University and other psychology graduates to take a challenging fourth year of undergraduate study by coursework and research. The Honours year has two, one semester contemporary issues seminars, one research methods seminar, and a major thesis. The award is offered on Bankstown Campus. For those students who meet entry requirements, this award provides an accredited fourth year of study enabling conditional registration with the NSW Psychologists Registration Board.

100980Psychology Honours Thesis
100983Research Methods Seminar
100981Contemporary Issues Seminar 1
100982Contemporary Issues Seminar 2

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

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Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

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Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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