Bachelor of Psychological Science
Why study the Bachelor of Psychological Science?
The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Global Stream) is designed for students who wish to study psychology intensively over a three-year period, with a view to pursue a career as a research or professional psychologist. In the three years of the degree, students will cover the core areas of the scientific discipline of psychology, as well as being able to pursue their specific interests in a range of areas relating to the application of the scientific discipline of psychology. By pursuing this degree, the students will gain in-depth knowledge of how studies on psychology, cognition, emotion, society and the self can and have been applied to help with enhancing human lives. With full 16 units in psychology, students will have the opportunity to gain deeper understanding of the area/discipline of psychology. The students will qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Psychological Science upon successful completion of the course. Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Psychological Science will be eligible to apply for entry to other fourth year programs in psychology, such as the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology.
Students will enhance their ability to develop careers in psychology through the development of effective interpersonal and communication skills, the mastering of essential research design procedures, statistical analyses and methods of written and oral communication relevant to the field of psychology. Students will also be develop a better understanding of pure science and social science through this program, learning to apply their knowledge to their learning in psychology.
Areas of study
Psychology and its application in a Global context
The course takes three years of full-time study to complete.
The course comprises 144 points, of which 126 points are focussed on the study of psychological science and 18 points are free electives. Units are generally six points.
The course develops through three themes that combined underpin the discipline of psychology:
A. Psychology fundamentals and foundational skills This will develop your understanding of core areas of psychology, including knowledge of the theoretical and empirical basis of our current understanding of human psychology.
B.Research methods and critical thinking
This will assist you to develop an understanding of the scientific method and use this knowledge in order to critically evaluate contemporary and historical claims relating to human behaviour and mental processes and to apply this knowledge to the generation of new research questions.
C. Psychology in practice and society
This is the component of the course through which you will develop further skills and knowledge in psychology or study units in supporting disciplines that underpin your particular area of focus for practice.
This will enable you to further develop your knowledge of psychology, or to select units from across the Faculty or the University (in which you are eligible to enrol).
The Monash University Handbook has detailed information about the structure and requirements for the Bachelor of Psychological Science.
Units are six credit points unless otherwise stated.
A. Psychology fundamentals and foundational skills (66 points)
All students complete:
BIO1011 Biology I
BIO1022 Biology II
PSY1011 Psychology I A
PSY1022 Psychology I B
PSY2031 Developmental and biological psychology
PSY2042 Personality and social psychology
PSY3032 Abnormal psychology
PSY3051 Perception and cognitive psychology
and Three additional units appropriate to the area of focus (18 points)
Global Context stream:
AMU1325 Contemporary Worlds I
AMU1326 Contemporary Worlds II
PSY3150 Contemporary Social Psychology
B. Research methods and critical thinking (12 points)
All students complete:
PSY2051 Research design and analysis
PSY3062 Research methods and theory
C. Psychology in practice and society (48 points)
All students complete (24 points):
PMH1011 Mental health in the community
PSY3041 Psychological testing, theories of ability and ethics
PSY3130 Health psychology
PSY3120 Introduction to counselling
Global Context stream also complete the following units (24 points):
AMU2814 Transforming Community: Project Design and Public Relations for Social Campaigns
AMU2625 Borders, People and Identity: migration in the 21st century
ATS1366 The individual and society
PSY3250 Positive Psychology
D. Elective study (18 points)
Elective units may be chosen from the faculty or across the University so long as you have the prerequisites and there are no restrictions on admission to the units. The units may be at any level, however, no more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at level 1 in this course.
Mode of study
Expected course outcomes
On completion of this course, students will have:
- acquired a fundamental understanding of the major principles of psychology
- been exposed to a broad cross-section of topics relevant to applied and professional psychology
- developed critical thinking skills that will help broaden their understanding and perspectives about contemporary issues as well as psychology
- developed effective interpersonal and communication skills
- mastered the essential research design procedures, statistical analyses and methods of written and oral communication relevant to the field of psychology
- developed an understanding of psychology in the global context
- acquired skills in modern information technologies, which will enhance their effectiveness in employment
- the ability to commence or develop careers in psychology
- the skills and encouragement to progress to postgraduate studies and/or research
You can have a career in a diverse range of fields including research, clinical psychology, human resources, community services and counselling, education and health services.
To enter Monash University, students must satisfy particular academic, English language and age requirements.
You will need the following entry scores for the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Business: