Bachelor of Psychological Science - 2019

Undergraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017 and 2016

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title


Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Dr Vanlal Thanzami

Admission and fees


Course progression map

M2004 (pdf)

Course type


Standard duration

3 years FT

You have a maximum of 8 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Malaysia)


Bachelor of Psychological Science


This course is designed for students who wish to study psychological science and pursue a career in a diverse range of fields including research, clinical psychology, human resources, community services and counselling, education and health services.

In addition to studies in psychology you will be introduced to knowledge and skills in other disciplines which inform the practice of psychology in society. You will focus your study of psychology on its application in a global context.

Students focussing on psychology and its application in a global context will develop a detailed knowledge of the practice of psychology in society. The understanding you will gain will form the preparation toward a career in applied psychology fields or the basis of knowledge for the pursuit of further studies in diverse areas of psychology.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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

  1. describe and discuss theories and research, and investigate and critically evaluate issues in the core discipline areas of psychology perception, cognition, learning, motivation, emotion, language, social and biological bases of behaviour, abnormal psychology, lifespan development, individual differences, history and philosophy of psychology, testing, assessment, intercultural and indigenous psychology
  2. contribute to discipline knowledge through research, including critical review of scientific literature, identification of research problems, design and conduct of research, application of statistical analyses to evaluate research outcomes, and clear communication of findings according to the professional requirements of the discipline
  3. describe and discuss the ethical standards and legislative frameworks governing research and practice in psychology, and demonstrate an appreciation of the role of ethics in maintaining the integrity of the profession
  4. recognise the importance of the relationship between knowledge of the scientific discipline of psychology and the application of this knowledge in the practice of psychology, and to demonstrate this understanding across a number of applications of the discipline
  5. demonstrate the skills required to maintain professional competence by keeping up with recent developments and contemporary issues in the field and appreciate the importance of ongoing professional development and training and demonstrate a foundation knowledge in a selected range of related discipline areas that complement the theoretical and practical application of psychology.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, permitting students to undertake the further training needed to obtain professional qualifications.


The course develops through three themes of psychology fundamentals and foundational skills, research methods and critical thinking, and psychology in practice and society. These together underpin the discipline of psychology.

Part A. Psychology fundamentals and foundational skills

These studies will develop your understanding of core areas of psychology, including knowledge of the theoretical and empirical basis of our current understanding of human psychology.

Part B. Research methods and critical thinking

These studies 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.

Part 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.

Part D. Free elective study

This will enable you to further develop your knowledge of psychology through electives covering contemporary topics in the field, or to select units in which you are eligible to enrol from across the faculty or the University.


The course comprises 144 points, of which 126 points are focussed on the study of psychological science and 18 points are free electives.

The course develops through theme studies in: Part A. Psychology fundamentals and foundational skills (72 points), Part B. Research methods and critical thinking (6 points), and Part C. Psychology in practice and society (48 points) and Part D. Free electives (18 points).

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Psychology fundamentals and foundational skills (72 points)

You must complete:

a. The following nine units (54 points):

* The 2019 Malaysian offering of BIO1022 should only be taken by if you have not undertaken BIO1011 in previous years. If you have successfully completed BIO1011 in October 2018, or earlier, you should undertake BIO1062 in Semester 1 2019 instead of BIO1022.

b. The following sets of three units (18 points):


  • AMU1325 Introduction to world politics and history
  • AMU1326 Transformation from above: Globalisation and the state
  • PSY3150 Contemporary social psychology


  • PHY2011 Neuroscience of sensory and control systems in the body
  • PSY3320 Sleep and circadian rhythms
  • RAD3004 Neuroimaging for neuroscience research

Part B. Research methods and critical thinking (6 points)

You must complete:

  • PSY3062 Research methods and theory

Part C. Psychology in practice and society (48 points)

You must complete:

a. The following four units (24 points):

  • PMH1011 Mental health in the community
  • PSY3041 Psychological testing, theories of ability and ethics
  • PSY3130 Health psychology or PSY3180 Human neuropsychology: Developmental and neurodegenerative disorders*
  • PSY3120 Introduction to counselling*

* Clayton students will complete 12 points of elective units

b. The following sets of four units (24 points):


  • SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication
  • AMU2814 Transforming community: Project design and public relations for social campaigns
  • AMU2625 Borders, people and identity: Migration in the 21st century
  • PSY3250 Positive psychology


  • BMS1042 Public health and preventive medicine
  • PSY3190 Addiction studies
  • 12 points of electives

Part D. Free elective study (18 points)

Elective units may be chosen from psychology (PSY-coded units) or across the University as 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) at level 1 can be credited to this course.

Free electives can be identified using the browse unitsbrowse units ( tool and indexes of unitsindexes of units ( in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3. You may need permission from the owning faculty to enrol in some units taught by other faculties.

Progression to further studies

To be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia you must meet the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). The first step to becoming a psychologist is to complete four years of approved study in psychology. This normally comprises a bachelor degree (or graduate diploma) that includes the three-year Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence of 10 units in psychology, followed by an accredited fourth year course in psychology. The Bachelor of Psychological Science provides the three-year APAC accredited sequence and the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) will provide the fourth year.

In order to be eligible for general registration as a psychologist, a further minimum two years of approved study must be undertaken at master's or doctoral level or alternatively two years of supervised practice.

By satisfying Victorian registration, you will comply with the registration requirements of other states in Australia. Students in Malaysia apply for PsyBA provisional registration through a streamlined international application process.