Psychology (2018)

Psychology is about understanding the behaviour and cognitive processes of people and animals in their physical, social and organisational environment. As a behavioural science, it examines the way behaviour is learned and can be changed. As a social science, it focuses on individuals within the context of families, organisations and other groups, communities, cultures and societies. As a biological science, it studies the senses (hearing, vision, touch) and how the brain and physiological systems relate to behaviour. As a cognitive science it studies perception, attention, memory, thinking and language understanding. The study of development, personality, learning and motivation are also part of Psychology.

Psychology is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Sciences and the Bachelor of Science. Psychology may also be taken as a second major or as a minor within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Psychology as a single major for the BSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Psychology, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include PSYCH100, PSYCH101, PSYCH203, PSYCH204, PSYCH211, and 60 points from PSYCH303, PSYCH304, PSYCH305, PSYCH306, PSYCH308, PSYCH309, PSYCH312 and PSYCH313.

To complete Psychology as a single major for the BA or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points in papers listed for Psychology, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include PSYCH100, PSYCH101.

To complete Psychology as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points including at least 45 points above 200 level.

BSc students must include at least 30 points from PSYCH303, PSYCH304, PSYCH305, PSYCH306, PSYCH308, PSYCH309, PSYCH311, PSYCH312 and PSYCH313.

It is recommended that all students intending to major in Psychology include PSYCH211 and PSYCH311 in their programme of study in order to meet prerequisites for study at 300 level and postgraduate study.

To complete a minor in Psychology, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Psychology major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Psychology in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 10 and 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice.


  • 100 level

  • 200 level

  • 300 level

  • Prescriptions for the Dip(SocSc) GradDip(GradDipPsych) and GradCert(Psych)
    A Diploma in Social Sciences, Graduate Diploma and a Graduate Certificate are available to graduates who have not included Psychology at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Psych), PGDip(Psych), BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA, MSc, MSc(Research) and MSocSc
    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Psychology papers, a student should normally have at least a B average either over 120 points of their Psychology major or over 300 level Psychology papers to a value of 60 points and must have passed PSYC307.

    The requirements for admission to masters level study in Psychology are set out in the Faculty and School Handbooks.

    Students should choose an appropriate and balanced programme of study from among the options listed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook. All programmes of study should be devised in consultation with the Chair of School and/or the Graduate Studies Committee.

    To complete a BA(Hons), BSc(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Psychology, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally PSYC591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Psychology. PSYC511, PSYC513, PSYC517, PSYC518, PSYC575, PSYC581, PSYC582 and PSYC583 are not able to be counted towards the BSc(Hons).

    Applications for entry to the BA(Hons), BSc(Hons) and BSocSc(Hons) close on the first Monday in December in the year preceding entry. Mid-year enrolments are accepted for the PGDip(Psych) only. Please contact the School of Psychology for further details. Applications for the PGDip(Psych) are accepted right up to the start of each semester.

    To complete an MA or MSocSc in Psychology, students must take a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and the equivalent of 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and the equivalent of 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

    To complete an MSc in Psychology, students must take either a 120 point thesis and the equivalent of 120 points from approved 500 level papers or a 90 point thesis and the equivalent of 150 points from approved 500 level papers.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(ClinAniBehav), PGDip(ClinAniBehav) and MCAB
    Note: The Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate and Master of Clinical Animal Behaviour are not available in 2018.

    • PSYC501  - Clinical Animal Behaviour: Introduction to Theoretical Foundations
    • PSYC502  - Clinical Animal Behaviour: Welfare and Ethics
    • PSYC504  - Applied Learning Theory
    • PSYC505  - Clinical Practice in Human-Animal Counselling
    • PSYC507  - Professional Practice in Clinical Animal Behaviour
  • Prescriptions for the MAppPsy
    There are three specified programmes available within this degree: Behaviour Analysis, Community Psychology, and Organisational Psychology.

    The requirements for admission to masters level study in Psychology are set out in the Faculty and School Handbooks.

    Behaviour Analysis

    To complete an MAppPsy in Behaviour Analysis, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points comprising the compulsory papers (PSYC538, PSYC560, PSYC561, PSYC577), a 15 or 30 point directed study (PSYC587, PSYC589 or PSYC590) in a relevant area, a 60 point dissertation (PSYC592), 90 point thesis (PSYC593) or a 120 point thesis (PSYC594) and a further 30 to 105 points selected from the optional papers: PSYC559, PSYC564, PSYC575 and PSYC581. In addition students with appropriate academic backgrounds may select an Education paper (eg HDCO510 or HDCO523) or the Biological Sciences paper (BIOL533). Note that PSYC538, PSYC559, PSYC560, PSYC561, PSYC577, PSYC587 and PSYC589 are available both on campus and online. Optional papers should be selected in consultation with the Behaviour Analysis Programme Convenor.

    Community Psychology

    To complete an MAppPsy in Community Psychology, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points comprising 90 points from the compulsory papers (PSYC511, PSYC513, PSYC575, PSYC582, PSYC583), a 60 point dissertation (PSYC592) or a 90 point thesis (PSYC593) or a 120 point thesis (PSYC594), and 30 to 90 points from optional papers in Anthropology, Demography, Development Studies, Geography, History, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Screen and Media Studies, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies. Optional papers should be selected in consultation with the Community Psychology Programme Convenor.

    Organisational Psychology

    To complete an MAppPsy in Organisational Psychology, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points comprising 105 points from the compulsory papers (LBST531 or LBST532, PSYC539, PSYC571, PSYC572, PSYC573, PSYC579, PSYC585), a 90 point thesis (PSYC593), and 45 points from optional papers in Human Resource Management, Labour Studies and Psychology eg HRMG543, HRMG544, HRMG545, PSYC581. Optional papers should be selected in consultation with the Organisational Psychology Programme Convenor.

    Students considering enrolment in the MAppPsy must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements set out in the appropriate regulations, meet the School of Psychology requirements for entry into the programme. Applications should be made to the Convenor (indicating one of Behaviour Analysis, Community Psychology, or Organisational Psychology), MAppPsy, School of Psychology.

  • Prescriptions for the PGDipPracPsych
    A Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology is available to suitably qualified graduates and is designed to meet the requirements for registration as a psychologist under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded endorsed in Applied Behaviour Analysis, Community Psychology, or Organisational Psychology. To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, students must gain 120 points in the following papers.

  • Organisational Psychology

  • Community Psychology

  • Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)

  • Prescriptions for the PGDipPsych(Clin)
    Students considering enrolment in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical) must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements set out in the appropriate regulations, also meet the requirements for entry to the School's graduate programme. Applications must be received by 1 October in the year prior to their enrolment, and should be made to the Secretary, School of Psychology. The number of students accepted into the programme is limited and shortlisted applicants are interviewed in November.

    Note: The following papers are only available to students enrolled in the PGDipPsych(Clin).

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil
    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality. The requirements for admission to masters level study in Philosophy are set out in the Faculty Handbook.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD
    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information as of 20 September 2017 4:40pm

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