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Overview

You can study our accredited Psychology program with the Bachelor of Psychology degree described here, but also through a number of other degrees at the University. For more information on the various ways you can study Psychology, please visit the Faculty of Science website

The Bachelor of Psychology is ideal for the student who knows they want to work in the industry. By the end of the four-year degree, you will have the basis for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia and enough training and experience to start working right away.

In the first three years of the course, you will build your specialisation in psychology, studying topics like behavioural neuroscience, social psychology, personality theory, perception, intelligence, abnormal psychology, and developmental psychology. In the fourth year, you will complete an Honours program that includes a research project in a specialised area of psychology that interests you.

Upon graduating, you will be eligible to pursue registration as a psychologist in Australia. For more information on how to become a registered psychologist, see the section below under ‘Professional Accreditation’.

Please note that places in this course are limited and subject to strict enrolment quotas.

Pathways to Psychology

There are several ways you can study psychology at the University of Sydney.

Our Bachelor of Psychology is a four-year degree (including honours as the fourth year), in which you study our fully accredited psychology program plus a selection of science subjects or subjects from a university-wide shared pool. After graduating, you will be eligible to pursue registration as a psychologist in Australia. (see above for more detail).

You can also study our accredited psychology program within the three-year Bachelor of ScienceBachelor of Arts; or combined four-year Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies. After completing the psychology program you are eligible to apply for honours in psychology which is necessary to enable you to pursue registration as a psychologist.

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science also offers a major in psychology. An additional honours year is available to meritorious students who wish to purse registration as a psychologist.    

Your third option is to study the non-accredited Psychological Science major, which is also available within the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science; Bachelor of Science, the combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies; and the shared pool of majors.

Subject areas

You are required to complete the Psychology Program, which incorporates the Psychological Sciences major. You are also required to complete a minor, from the shared pool.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

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Your funding & scholarships

Every year, we provide hundreds of scholarships, awards and prizes to students of all backgrounds and levels.

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website Separate Scholarship deadlines apply - visit the Scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

The Bachelor of Psychology may be undertaken full-time over four years or part-time over eight years. Full-time students enrol in units of study to the value of 48 credit points ( cp ) in each year.

All students complete core studies in psychology from a defined pool of units each year comprising a minimum 12cp of junior units, a minimum 24cp of intermediate units, and a minimum 30cp of senior units in psychology. You must achieve a minimum 70 percent in first year and maintain a minimum average mark of 70 percent in second and third years to proceed to the honours year in psychology, which comprises a research project of 48cp for the award of the degree.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Psychology

 

Year Sem Unit of study
1 1 Psychology Maths Elective Minor
  2 Psychology Elective Elective Minor
2 1 Statistics and Research Brain and Behavioural Psychology Elective Minor
  2 Personality and Social Psychology Perception, Cognition and Intelligence Elective Minor
3 1 Advanced Statistics for Psychology Psychology Elective* Elective Minor
  2 Psychology Elective* Psychology Elective* Psych 4000-level Minor
4 1 Honours Honours Honours Honours
  2 Honours Honours Honours Honours

*Psych disciplines include: social, cognitive, behaviour, perceptual systems, statistics, personality, developmental, abnormal, application, psychiatry, neuroscience.

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge depends on subjects chosen.

Mathematics is assumed knowledge for students undertaking the science pathway of this course.

Applying for honours

The Bachelor of Psychology includes a fourth year honours course that involves specialised individual research. This fourth year of honours is essential if you intend to apply for postgraduate study that will lead to registration as a professional psychologist. In order to progress successfully into the honours year of the Bachelor of Psychology, you must satisfy the minimum progression requirements expected of students in this course.

The honours year in the Bachelor of Psychology will allow you to explore your research potential and allow you to put the theory from your previous studies into practice.

During honours, you will design a project in a specialised area of psychology, and undertake your project under the supervision of an academic staff member.

The specialised areas offered in the psychology honours program include clinical, cognition, developmental, health, learning, method, neuroscience, perception, personality and intelligence, and social psychology. Please note that the areas available may differ from year to year.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

If you've already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

The course includes opportunities to participate in the University's Study Abroad and Exchange Program, the Science Link-Up and Mentoring (SLAM) Program and the Dalyell Scholars program (entry by invitation from the Dean of Science), and opportunities specific to majors or subject areas, such as the Year in Industry program offered by the School of Chemistry.

Professional accreditation

To meet the requirements for registration as a psychologist in Australia, you first need to complete a four-year tertiary program in psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. You are then eligible to apply for provisional registration, which is necessary to complete the professional training required for full registration.

Full registration requires at least two years of postgraduate study in professional psychology; or one year of postgraduate study in professional psychology plus one year of approved internships; or two years of approved internships.

Full registration as a professional psychologist in Australia and approval of internships is overseen by the Psychology Board of Australia.

You can gain full registration by completing the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Sydney.

Career Pathways

After three years of study (psychology program or Psychological Science major):

  • Advertising
  • Market research
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Science journalism
  • Public policy

After four years of study (honours in psychology) you can pursue registration as a psychologist or enter a range of other careers. Honours graduates have the necessary training to work in:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Human resources
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Various social policy areas in the private and public sectors

We’ve reimagined the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – the way we teach and the way you’ll learn – to prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

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