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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA(Psych)
CRICOS code066602F
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Multi-modal (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


  • Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.
  • From 2011, the core Psychology major at Gippsland is only offered off campus. All students must attend a number of on-campus weekend schools. Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.


The construction of major and minor sequences in this course enables students to undertake specialised studies in humanities and social sciences in other disciplines to complement their learning in psychology.


As well as developing the intellectual capabilities inherent in the interpretation of sources of knowledge and the capacity for quantitative and qualitative analysis, critique and creative thinking in various humanities, arts and social science disciplines, this course gives students opportunities to develop an understanding of psychology as a scientific discipline and to appreciate the role it plays within society as a whole.

Weekend schools

Psychology units require compulsory attendance at least at one weekend school per unit per semester.

Professional recognition

The 60 point major sequence in psychology, comprised of nine core units and one elective unit is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).


This course consists of a compulsory psychology major and an arts major, with additional arts studies chosen from a variety of arts disciplines.


Students complete the following:

(a.) a psychology major (54 points)

(b.) an arts major (48 points)

(c.) two additional first-year-level arts sequences (24 points)

(d.) an additional 18 points of arts elective units.

No more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level. Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at third-year level (across the duration of the degree).

Students who wish to complete requirements for registration with the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) must complete the required nine compulsory psychology core units (54 points) and use one of their arts elective units (6 points) to complete the additional unit required.

Areas of Study

Core major

Available arts majors

For information on other arts units refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)