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Bachelor of Psychological Science

February, July
3 years full-time
Part-time available
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Entry Requirements
OP 15 | English (4,SA)
ATAR 63.15 | English (Units 3/4,C)
Rank 68
TSV: 311081
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JCU Psychological Science graduates are sought-after professionals who excel in their chosen fields.

Graduates pursue careers in areas including private practice, academic and applied research settings, counselling services, law courts, police and defence forces, prisons, hospitals, and schools.

With further study, you could find employment as a clinical psychologist, counselling psychologist, educational psychologist, forensic psychologist, occupational psychologist, sport and exercise psychologist, or psychotherapist.

To become eligible for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, you are required to complete a minimum six-year sequence of education and supervised training. View the handbook for professional accreditation requirements.

Study the human mind and develop a strong foundation of psychological theory, practice, and research skills with JCU’s Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Gain expertise in analytical thinking and scientific research methods relevant to a broad range of careers and further study.

Study a core program in Psychology along with additional electives to suit your interests. Choose from a range of specialised subjects, including forensic psychology, memory and cognition, cognitive neuroscience, psychopathology, intercultural psychology, and social psychology.

Access world-class research and observation facilities, including a working Psychology clinic on-campus in Townsville. Combine this degree with business or sports and exercise science to broaden your skillset.

JCU Psychological Science graduates are innovative, critical thinkers who are widely-skilled and contribute valuably in their chosen fields.
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View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.

About JCU's Bachelor of Psychological Science

Are you eager to learn how the science of human behaviour and how the study of the mind can shape our world for good? With a Bachelor of Psychological Science (similar to a Bachelor of Behavioural Science) from JCU, you will be a strong critical thinker understanding how to improve the quality of life of others.

Learn from lecturers committed to student success and build a strong theoretical foundation with your behavioural science degree studies at JCU. Throughout your degree, apply theory into hands-on practice, learning the research skills you need to make practical use of your knowledge.

Become a skilled analytical thinker, a master of modern scientific research methods, and an innovative problem solver.

Study Behavioural Science and Master the Human Mind

With access to JCU's world-class research facilities, develop your insight into how major theories and concepts of psychology have practical application to the human condition. As you learn more about yourself, you will be ready to choose your own path through specialisations in areas like cognitive neuroscience, intercultural psychology, or memory and cognition.

A Behavioural Science Degree Gets You Ready for the Jobs of the Future

With your degree in behavioural studies, you will be ready to contribute valuably in your chosen field.

Graduates who study behavioural science at JCU, take their degrees into academic disciplines, research facilities, or private practice. You could serve the community with counselling services or in the courts or defence forces. Your degree, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, will make you a valuable employee to hospitals, schools, and even prisons.

Use your psychological science degree as a stepping stone to become a licensed clinical, educational, sport, or even forensic psychologist. As a graduate, you will be part of an elite group of highly sought-after professionals.

A Psychological Science Degree That Makes a Difference

Develop your skills and knowledge to move beyond theories and basic practical abilities. Throughout your behavioural science courses, you have the chance to reflect on how the scientific method applies to the human mind. Learn how to work within the ethical contexts that makes us human.

Gain skills as an effective communicator and collaborator, working with colleagues and peers while still exercising the intellectual independence you need to be a leader. With a keen understanding of cultural diversity, work with people across the cultural spectrum.

Experience a World-Class Education With JCU’s Bachelor of Psychological Science

Make a difference in the lives of your community, contribute to research that makes a difference, or be part of the solution. Build an understanding of human behaviour to help solve societal issues.

Whatever you choose to do with your degree, it all starts with a world-class education. Benefit from JCU Psychology’s strong focus on research and contribute to discoveries or interactions that make a difference.
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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.

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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. 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.


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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 Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis

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



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

48 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 17 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 9 credit points of credit 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

Award title


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.

Annual Tuition Fee: $6,684. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

An OP or ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an OP or ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent rank score. Ranks are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.

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

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