Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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)
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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.
  • 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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • apply critical understanding of psychology as a scientific discipline
  • analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge from a range of sources
  • apply critical understanding and analysis to the literature within the humanities, arts and social sciences
  • demonstrate an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the disciplines they have studied
  • apply critical understanding of personal and cultural understandings, ethical attitudes, and (where appropriate) the physical and aesthetic appreciations that underpin traditional liberal arts education
  • demonstrate advanced skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis
  • demonstrate the capacity to apply these studies in the changing circumstances of intellectual life and of the profession they are likely to inhabit
  • apply a critical awareness of international issues, good intercultural competence, and the ability to function effectively in international professional and social domains

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.

Areas of study

Core major

Available arts majors

For the specific requirements of arts majors and minors and information on other arts units refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Students must complete the following:

(a.) a psychology major (54 points)

(b.) an arts major in a different available area of study (48 points)

(c.) two additional first-year-level arts sequences in different areas of study (24 points)

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

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.

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).


Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)