Bachelor of Psychological Science

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Bachelor of Psychological Science

Choosing to study Psychological Science at JCU means you will be studying within some of Australia's smallest tutorial groups. Your tutor will care about your success. You'll have access to world-leading research, study and observation facilities and be able to hear leading experts presenting lectures and seminars – and also build networks that could help you when you're ready to begin your career.

Townsville, Singapore
Start dates
February, July
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
English (4,SA)

Career opportunities

Demand for registered psychologists continues to grow in:

  • Academic and applied research settings
  • Law courts
  • Police and defence forces
  • Prisons
  • Private practice and consulting firms
  • Public and private hospitals, and
  • Schools.

Once registered, you can also progress to specialist areas including Organisational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Educational and Developmental Psychology.

Psychology provides excellent training in analytic thinking and scientific research methods that are relevant to a broad range of careers.

If you decide not to gain accreditation you can seek employment in fields such as:

  • Business and market research
  • Community services and counselling education
  • Administration, and
  • Management.

An increasing number of psychology graduates work as researchers in industry and government agencies.

A minimum 6-year sequence of education and supervised training is required to become eligible for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

After graduating from this 3-year degree you must complete an accredited extra year of study, either the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or the Graduate Diploma of Psychology – plus two years of supervised practice in the field. Alternatively, you can complete a 2-year Master of Psychology (Clinical) with one year of supervised practice.

Course highlights

Psychology is a large and well-established area of study at JCU. As a student you can look forward to:

  • Personalised attention: You will learn in tutorial classes that are among the smallest in the country, with friendly, helpful and approachable academic staff.
  • Dedicated facilities: Laboratories in Townsville including observation suites, electrically shielded psychophysiology recording facilities and a controlled environment research suite. The Townsville Hospital has state-of-the art neural imaging equipment and provides outstanding training, treatment, and research opportunities. In Cairns, modern research facilities include a purpose-built drugs and human performance research facility, and others for cognitive neuroscience and perception. A working Psychology clinic treats patients on campus in Townsville.
  • Studying abroad: Why not participate in an international exchange to study Psychology overseas for six months? This could be a tour Singapore campus, or with other partner universities including Maastricht University in the Netherlands – with its respected Psychology program taught in English.
  • Research driven: As a student in the College of Health Sciences you will enjoy excellent teaching, and the College’s research focus can open doors to further study and exciting Psychology research projects.

Course overview

Learn to benefit individuals and society as a result of your studies of human behaviour, relationships, mental functions and social processes. Explore current concepts and historical developments in psychology.

Study the methods and ethics of scientific investigation and evidence-based practice. Experience the benefits of studying within some of Australia's smallest tutorial classes. Access JCU's observation suites, electrically shielded psychophysiology recording facilities, drugs and human performance research facilities.

Some subjects include:

  • Behavioural Research Design and Analysis
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Intercultural Psychology, and
  • Social Psychology.

You may also decide to study a joint degree. Graduates of this course, who wish to become a fully registered psychologist, must complete an accredited fourth year course (e.g. BPsychSc [Hons] or Grad DipPsych) plus two years of supervised practice in the field; or an accredited Master’s degree (e.g. Master of Psychology [Clinical]) with one further year of supervised practice.

You will study a core program in Psychology and choose additional psychology electives according to your interests and requirements. You’ll also study electives from non-psychology subjects.

Joint degree options

Applicants who gain entry to this course can study a combined degree with the Bachelor of Business (except accounting major) over four years full-time or equivalent part-time.

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.

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Bachelor of Psychological Science

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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. BPsychSc(Hons) or GDipPsych) 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


Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

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

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


Level 1

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

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

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 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects


Select 6 credit points of specified PY level 2 subjects from List 1


Select 9 credit points of specified PY level 3 subjects from List 2

List 1

PY2018:03 Intercultural Psychology and Cross Cultural Communication

PY2104:03 Connecting Social, Psychological and Physical Health

PY2109:03 The World around Us: Environmental Psychology

PY2110:03 Intersections of Psychology and Law: Forensic Psychology

List 2

PY3104:03 Counselling Principles and Practice for Diverse Environments

PY3105:03 Working it: Psychology in the Workforce

PY3106:03 Historical Narratives: Foundations of Modern Psychology

PY3109:03 Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of Mind

PY3110:03 Sensing and Interpreting the World: a Psychology Perspective

PY3111:03 Population Clinical Health Promotion and Communication








Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression

Must successfully complete all level 1 requirements before attempting any level 2 subjects. Must successfully complete 50% (12 credit points) of level 2 subjects before attempting any level 3 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment


Professional accreditation

Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete an accredited fourth year course (e.g. BPsychSc(Hons) or GDipPsych) 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.

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


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

Maximum allowed

48 credit points


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


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 17 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 9 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

Up to 24 credit points may be granted only to applicants who have been awarded a Diploma of Higher Education (Psychological Science).

Award Details

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Approved abbreviation


This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

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

Available as an additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]


Application for entry to the Honours program is by approval of the College Dean.

Completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science; and

Achievement of a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across PY2103, PY2107, and a minimum grade point average of 6.0 (i.e. distinction average) across 15 credit points of level 3 PY subjects, including PY3101 in the Bachelor of Psychological Science.


The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Refer to the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

We also offer the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).

What is Psychology?

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.