Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Psychological Science

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Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Psychological Science

James Cook University (JCU) students choose this dual course of studies because it boosts their career prospects. You'll learn analytic thinking and scientific research methods that are relevant to many careers. The course gives you the academic knowledge and practical skills that are valuable if you want to practice in Psychology - and are equally valued by employers in diverse business fields.

Start dates
February, July
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
English (4,SA). Desirable: Maths B (4,SA)

Career opportunities

This course prepares you so that you can choose between a whole range of rewarding and interesting careers in business or psychological practice. You can choose from a diverse list of Majors and subject areas. You'll gain skills that equip you to build a career in:

  • Private psychology practices
  • Counselling roles in business, community or government organisations
  • Human resources management
  • Staff training and professional development
  • Business and market research
  • Education (with further training)
  • and much more, depending on your choice of major...

Professional recognition

If you plan to apply for registration as a Psychologist, you must complete an accredited fourth year of study, such as a Graduate Diploma of Psychology or a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). Once that is done, you'll require two years of supervised practice in the field, or an accredited Masters degree such as a Master of Psychology (Clinical), with one further year of supervised practice.

Depending on the business major you select, you may be eligible to apply for membership of professional organisations such as the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Human Resources Institute or the Australian Marketing Institute.

Course highlights

The great thing about studying at JCU is that you'll be fast-tracked into the workforce. Through JCU's Townsville campus which has a fully functioning psychology clinic, as well as opportunities to learn from industry experts, you'll participate in real-world experiences, work on your own special projects, or undertake an internship. You'll also have amazing opportunities to learn from JCU's world-recognised researchers and lecturers, so you'll get first-hand knowledge from people who are experts in their field.

JCU's psychology staff have a research focus that will give you opportunities that few undergraduate students have. You'll be encouraged to actively engage in current research. And as JCU hosts a series of annual seminars presented by national and international experts, you'll be able to learn even more, and meet up with experts in their field.

You will also have the opportunity to become part of active Psychology Clubs and organisations - whether you're studying at Townsville or Cairns - and you'll be able to build friendships and networks with fellow students from all year levels who share your interests and experiences.

JCU business majors give you knowledge and experience that is valued by many businesses and organisations. You can select from an interesting choice of Major options. The curriculum you'll study has been designed with input from industry experts, so what you learn is firmly founded on current research and has real-world relevance.

Course overview

This broad four-year course of studies offers you many options, and equips you with knowledge and experience in fields that will help you achieve your career goals.

JCU's Psychology staff have a research focus that will give you opportunities to learn about:

  • Forensic psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Mental health
  • Stress
  • Cognitive sciences
  • Personality assessment
  • Ageing and geriatric mental health.

Your choice of majors is broad, and includes:

  • Social Sciences
  • Business Intelligence and Information Systems
  • Sports and Events Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Banking and Finance.

Among the many core subjects and options are:

  • Economics for Sustainable Business
  • Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics
  • Contemporary Business Communications
  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Managing Consumer Markets
  • Exploring Psychology: From Brain to Practice
  • Exploring Psychology: From Perception to Reality
  • Critical Thinking in Psychology: How to Think About Weird Things
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Personality Psychology: decoding the Mysteries of Humans.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (311081) - Apply now
Cairns (321081) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.

Pathway into course

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree at JCU. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university. Contact us for more information.

Applicants with TAFE diplomas in Business, Business and Commerce Studies, Events, Hospitality, Human Resources Management, Management, and Travel and Tourism can apply for credit.


Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Psychological Science

Handbook year


Course Code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete an accredited fourth year course (e.g. GDipPsych or BPsychSc(Hons)) plus two years of supervised practice in the field; or an accredited masters degree (e.g. Master of Psychology (Clinical)) with one further year of supervised practice.


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course prerequisites


Recommended: Maths B desirable

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Business graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate essential knowledge necessary for a career in business related professions

  • Synthesise underlying principles and concepts for making business decisions

  • Critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of organisations including sustainability

  • Critically evaluate data and resources in the context of relevant academic literature

  • Apply critical thinking to address issues in business

  • Convey information clearly and fluently, in high quality written form appropriate for their audience

  • Demonstrate effective oral presentation skills for academic and professional audiences

  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively

  • Apply technical skills, including numeracy, necessary for professional practice in business

  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical and social responsibility in professional practice

  • Identify and act upon, learning opportunities and self-improvements

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in major theoretical perspectives and concepts, and philosophical and historical developments, in the core areas of psychology
  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and evidence bases in the core areas of psychology
  • Review and reflect on the methods and ethics of scientific investigation as applied to psychology
  • Exercise critical thinking and judgement in the design and conduct of scientific investigations to solve psychological questions with intellectual independence
  • Apply advanced English language and technological and numeracy skills to generate, interpret and communicate knowledge, data, arguments and research findings appropriate for a variety of audiences
  • Adapt and apply research skills and psychological understanding, including where appropriate knowledge of cultural diversity, to investigate human and animal behaviour in diverse contexts
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for one's own learning and practice in collaboration with others

Course Structure


Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1105:03 Contemporary Business Communications

BU1112:03 Business Law

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology: from Brain to Practice

PY1102:03 Exploring Psychology: from Perception to Reality

PY1103:03 Critical Thinking in Psychology: How to Think About Weird Things

PY1106:03 Communicating Psychology: Listening, Translating & Disseminating

Level 2

PY2103:03 Describing and Analysing Behaviour

PY2107:03 Experimental Investigation and Analysis of Behaviour

BU2108:03 Managing Consumer Markets

PY2111:03 Learning Processes, Behaviour and Performance

PY2112:03 Memory and Cognition

PY2101:03 Psychological Neuroscience

PY2106:03 Through the Looking Glass: Development Across the Lifespan

Level 3

BU3101:03 Professional Internship or BU3102:03 Multi-Disciplinary Project or BU3103:03 Independent Project

PY3101:03 Psychological Research Methods and Interpretation

PY3102:03 Social Psychology in Everyday Life

PY3103:03 Mining the Mind: Psychopathology

PY3107:03 Psychological Assessment in Action

PY3108:03 Personality Psychology: Decoding the Mysteries of Humans


Select 6 credit points of Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects (from the following prefixes: AN, AR, AY, CI, CU, CY, EL, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SS, SY and WS) or BU and BX level 2 and BU and BX level 3 subjects


Select a Business major from Table A


Type of major

Optional, single

Credit points in major

24 credit points




Banking and Finance


Business major

Business Intelligence and Information Systems



Business major




Business major

Financial Management



Business major

Governance, Business and Society



Business major

Hospitality and Tourism Management


Business major

Human Resources Management



Business major

International Business


Business major




Business major




Business major

Sports and Events Management



Business major







Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 year


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment


Professional accreditation

The accredited sequence in Psychology leads to provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia with the addition of a fourth year of accredited studies in psychology e.g. Graduate Diploma of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Not permitted for Psychology subjects (subjects with the prefix SP or PY)

Supplementary exam for
final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards the degree and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject



Students may apply for credit for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

60 credit points


Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on

Majors will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed ALL appropriate subjects for the relevant degree, may be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable


Honours availability

Honours is available in each discipline as additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]


A student admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Psychological Science at this university may be invited by the College Dean to undertake the Honours degree in Psychology if that student has

Psychology Honours

  • obtained a minimum of 72 credit points including successful completion of all Psychology level 1, 2 and 3 subjects prescribed in Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Psychological Science

  • obtained a minimum of a Credit average (65%) across PY2103, PY2107 and a minimum Distinction average (75%) across 15 credit points of level 3 PY subjects, including PY3101

Business Honours

Normally a minimum average grade of Credit is required in the pass degree subjects relevant to the field in which Honours is to be taken.


Honours is available in each discipline as additional 24 credit points of study. Please refer to either the Bachelor of Business (Honours), or the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

What is a Business and Psychological Science course?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.