University of Technology Sydney

C09169v1 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (BPsych(Hons))
CRICOS code: 113303A
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 192
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

Notes

UTS undergraduate psychology courses are accredited by APAC with conditions. UTS is in the process of applying to have each course considered as a professional pathway course, which if approved, would lead to psychology-based units being funded under Cluster 2.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Innovation and Transdisciplinary program
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent (essential) requirements
Assumed knowledge
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Honours
Transfer between UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) develops advanced knowledge and skills in psychology to better understand the mind, brain and behaviour. Our psychology degrees have been designed in line with the latest Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and American Psychological Association guidelines, as well as the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project frameworks. This ensures that students receive cutting-edge and internationally relevant knowledge and skillsets that are highly valued by diverse employers. Students apply psychology to many of the biggest challenges currently faced by individuals and society, including climate change and sustainability, misinformation, cybersecurity, ageing populations, human-computer interaction, and change management.

The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) prepares students for diverse career pathways in the future workforce. This degree offers the first step towards becoming a registered psychologist as well as transferable skills increasingly demanded by a range of employers. Graduates use psychology to better understand the mind, brain, and behaviour to solve challenges faced by individuals, groups, and society.

Course aims

This course is designed to equip graduates with broad and coherent knowledge and skills in the scientific discipline of psychology. Our graduates will fill the pressing need for a larger mental health workforce. Students gain transferable skills in preparation for jobs of the future that are focused on human-machine interaction, ageing, behavioural insights, data analysis, people management, leadership, neuroscience, and more. An Indigenous graduate attribute is woven throughout the course to ensure graduates are culturally responsive and well prepared to work with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. These aims are achieved through collaboration with diverse industry partners, and the provision of innovative work-integrated learning and research opportunities.

Career options

Career options include psychologist, social worker, counsellor, therapist, policy analyst, data analyst, cyber analyst, researcher, marketer, human resources manager, behaviour advisor, people advisor, evaluator.

Innovation and Transdisciplinary program

Transdisciplinarity and Innovation at UTS

All UTS students have the opportunity to develop distinctive capabilities around transdisciplinary thinking and innovation through the TD School. Transdisciplinary education at UTS brings together great minds from different disciplines to explore ideas that improve the way we live and work in the world. These offerings are unique to UTS and directly translate to many existing and emerging roles and careers.

Diploma in Innovation

The Diploma in Innovation (C20060) teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. More information including a link to apply is available at https://dipinn.uts.edu.au.

Transdisciplinary electives program

Transdisciplinary electives broaden students' horizons and supercharge their problem-solving skills, helping them to learn outside, beyond and across their degrees. Students enrolled in an undergraduate course that includes electives can choose to take a transdisciplinary subject (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation). More information about the TD Electives program is available here.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Cultural Responsiveness: Develop advanced knowledge and skills required for research and professional practice that is culturally responsive, and cognisant of the impacts of ongoing colonisation on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.
2.1 Psychological Literacy: Justify the application of advanced psychological knowledge and skills to personal, professional, and societal goals.
3.1 Research Proficiency: Design, analyse, critique, and communicate research in psychology using appropriate research methods and technologies.
4.1 Lifelong Learning: Assemble advanced knowledge, skills, and attributes required for self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in psychology and for ongoing personal and professional development.
5.1 Values and Ethics: Demonstrate appropriate values and ethical standards when applying psychological research and practice to personal, professional, and societal goals.
6.1 Interpersonal Skills: Evaluate interpersonal, teamwork, and interview skills appropriate to psychological practice and research.
6.2 Professional Capacity: Defend the theoretical underpinnings and scientific application of psychological assessment and intervention across contexts.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

Entry into the embedded honours 4th year of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is guaranteed for students who achieve an average mark of 80+ across their top 10 highest-scoring Psychology subjects. Students with a lower average mark (i.e., 75+) may still be offered a place in the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) subject to supervisory capacity, or will exit with a Bachelor of Psychology. Students with an APAC-accredited psychology Bachelor's degree are also eligible to apply for the honours-equivalent UTS Online Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced).

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Inherent (essential) requirements

Inherent (essential) requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course. This Statement should be read in conjunction with the UTS Student Rules.

Prospective or current student concerned about their ability to meet these requirements should discuss their concerns with the Academic Liaison Officer in their faculty or school and/or UTS Accessibility Service on 9514 1177 or at accessibility@uts.edu.au.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

Inherent Requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are inherent in or essential to the successful completion of a course. The inherent requirements framework for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is based on the following six themes:

  1. Legal and Behavioural Requirements;
  2. Communication Tasks – verbal; written; non-verbal;
  3. Cognitive/Intellectual Tasks – literacy; numeracy; knowledge and information;
  4. Sensory Tasks – visual; auditory;
  5. Physical Tasks – gross and fine motor requirements; and
  6. Sustainable Performance.

Students should consult the full inherent requirements.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning will be granted on the basis of successful completion of equivalent subjects from an APAC-accredited Level 1 program in Psychology within the last 10 years.

Course duration and attendance

The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is offered at the City campus on a full-time basis over four years or a part-time basis over eight years.

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 192 credit points. Students must complete 60 credit points of core subjects, 48 credit points of honours subjects, a 24 credit point sub-major, 54 credit points of free electives and 6 credit points of transdisciplinary electives.

Course completion requirements

STM91811 Core subjects (Psychology) 84cp
STM91812 Psychology Honours 48cp
CBK92245 Psychology Elective choice 54cp
CBK92069 Transdisciplinary Electives 6cp
Total 192cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical full-time program.

Year 1
Autumn C Session
96630 Introduction to Psychology A   6cp
96631 Developmental Psychology   6cp
96639 Positive Psychology   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92245 Psychology Elective choice 54cp  
Spring C Session
96632 Introduction to Psychology B   6cp
96633 Research Methods in Psychology   6cp
96640 Forensic Psychology   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92245 Psychology Elective choice 54cp  
Year 2
Autumn C Session
96634 Mental Health Conditions and Psychological Wellbeing   6cp
96635 Research Design and Statistics in Psychology   6cp
96641 Social Psychology   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92245 Psychology Elective choice 54cp  
Spring C Session
96636 Health Psychology   6cp
96848 Brain and Behaviour   6cp
96642 Psychology Career Readiness   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92245 Psychology Elective choice 54cp  
Year 3
Autumn C Session
96637 Perception and Cognition   6cp
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
CBK92245 Psychology Elective choice 54cp  
Spring C Session
96638 Individual Differences and Psychological Assessment   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92069 Transdisciplinary Electives 6cp  
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92245 Psychology Elective choice 54cp  
Year 4
Autumn C Session
96643 Psychology Honours Research Project A   12cp
96644 Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis   6cp
96645 Applied Psychological Assessment and Intervention   6cp
Spring C Session
96646 Psychology Honours Research Project B   12cp
96647 Professional and Ethical Practice in Psychology   6cp
96648 Advanced Topics in Psychology   6cp
Year 1
Autumn C Session
96630 Introduction to Psychology A   6cp
96639 Positive Psychology   6cp
Spring C Session
96632 Introduction to Psychology B   6cp
96633 Research Methods in Psychology   6cp
Year 2
Autumn C Session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92245 Psychology Elective choice 54cp  
96631 Developmental Psychology   6cp
Spring C Session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92245 Psychology Elective choice 54cp  
96640 Forensic Psychology   6cp
Year 3
Autumn C Session
96634 Mental Health Conditions and Psychological Wellbeing   6cp
96635 Research Design and Statistics in Psychology   6cp
Spring C Session
96636 Health Psychology   6cp
96848 Brain and Behaviour   6cp
Year 4
Autumn C Session
96641 Social Psychology   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92245 Psychology Elective choice 54cp  
Spring C Session
96642 Psychology Career Readiness   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92245 Psychology Elective choice 54cp  
Year 5
Autumn C Session
96637 Perception and Cognition   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92245 Psychology Elective choice 54cp  
Spring C Session
96638 Individual Differences and Psychological Assessment   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92069 Transdisciplinary Electives 6cp  
Year 6
Autumn C Session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92245 Psychology Elective choice 54cp  
Spring C Session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92245 Psychology Elective choice 54cp  
Year 7
Autumn C Session
96644 Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis   6cp
96645 Applied Psychological Assessment and Intervention   6cp
Spring C Session
96647 Professional and Ethical Practice in Psychology   6cp
96648 Advanced Topics in Psychology   6cp
Year 8
Autumn C Session
96643 Psychology Honours Research Project A   12cp
Spring C Session
96646 Psychology Honours Research Project B   12cp

Honours

The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) may be awarded with first class honours, second class honours division 1, second class honours division 2, or third class honours.

Transfer between UTS courses

Students may exit after three years with the Bachelor of Psychology, which provides APAC Level 1 foundational competencies*.

Professional recognition

This course is a four-year undergraduate degree providing the second step (i.e., APAC Level 2 pre-professional competencies*) on the pathway towards becoming a professionally accredited psychologist in Australia. Graduates of the four-year degree are eligible to apply for further training in the APAC Level 3 professional competencies, which form the third step on the pathway towards becoming a professionally accredited psychologist in Australia.

*This course is accredited by APAC with conditions.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:
Telephone – 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
Or +61 2 9514 1222
www.ask.uts.edu.au