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Psychology
Undergraduate

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Graduate Entry)

Key details

Duration

1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time
1 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1
Online - No
Important Dates

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

80

Course code

WPSYG2
SATAC codes

Overview

If you wish to pursue a career as a psychologist, this course offers you a foundation in psychology by allowing you to undertake an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited degree online, on campus, or via a combination of both. It provides you with an integrated understanding of human behaviour which includes the fundamental premise of psychology as an empirically based science. 

Successfully completing the course and maintaining a minimum GPA of 5.5 or better (and a credit or better in PSY247/PSY248 and PSY347/PSY337) will prepare you to undertake further study by applying to enrol into an Honours degree. Please note that the Honours degree is subject to a quota, and a student's ability to enrol in the Honours degree is not guaranteed.



Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and prepares you for entry into an Honours year in psychology. During your studies, you can also join the Australian Psychological Society.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) be an Australian citizen, who will complete some of your course of study while resident in Australia; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent visa holder; or an eligible former permanent humanitarian visa holder; who studies the entire course while living in Australia.

Further information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study in 2024 is AUD $30,192.00. This equates to $ $3,774.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

CDU Social Work and Psychology program

Why study psychology at CDU?

Gain a deeper understanding of human behaviour and make a positive impact on the lives of other people when you study psychology with us. Becoming a psychologist is only one of many potential careers, with graduates finding a wide variety of roles in government organisations, community services, advertising and marketing, preventative health, and more. 

  • #1 in Australia for psychology employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • Choose to study online, on campus, part-time or full-time as it suits you
Social Work CDU Event

Why study Psychology at CDU?

Gain a deeper understanding of human behaviour and make a positive impact on the lives of other people when you study psychology with us. Becoming a psychologist is only one of many potential careers, with graduates finding a wide variety of roles in government organisations, community services, advertising and marketing, preventative health, and more.

  • #1 in Australia for psychology employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
CDU Social Work and Psychology program

Why study psychology at CDU?

Gain a deeper understanding of human behaviour and make a positive impact on the lives of other people when you study psychology with us. Becoming a psychologist is only one of many potential careers, with graduates finding a wide variety of roles in government organisations, community services, advertising and marketing, preventative health, and more. 

  • #1 in Australia for psychology employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • Choose to study online, on campus, part-time or full-time as it suits you
Social Work CDU Event

Why study Psychology at CDU?

Gain a deeper understanding of human behaviour and make a positive impact on the lives of other people when you study psychology with us. Becoming a psychologist is only one of many potential careers, with graduates finding a wide variety of roles in government organisations, community services, advertising and marketing, preventative health, and more.

  • #1 in Australia for psychology employment outcomes (GUG 2024)

What will I study?

You will be provided with knowledge from core areas of psychology such as human development, social-cultural perspectives, and research methods, whilst having the opportunity to explore areas of interest from a selection of units specifically designed for this course.

Course structure


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below.

 

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core

(8 units)
80cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:



PSY203 Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan

PSY248 Research Design and Analysis

PSY307 Theories of Individual Difference and Personality

PSY330 Learning and Memory

PSY337 Advanced Research Design and Analysis

PSY356 Motivation and Emotion

PSY363 Abnormal Psychology

PSY365 Applied Community and Health Psychology

 80cpTotal Credit Points



 

Study plan


Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.



When designing an individual study plan:

-    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and

-    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area.

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
PSY248 Research Design and AnalysisCOPSY203 Developmental Psychology Across the LifespanCO
PSY307 Theories of Individual Differences and PersonalityCOPSY330 Learning and MemoryCO
PSY365 Applied Community and Health PsychologyCOPSY337 Advanced Research Design and AnalysisCO
PSY356 Motivation and EmotionCOPSY363 Abnormal PsychologyCO

 

Students Commencing in Semester 2 - Only available part-time

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.



When designing an individual study plan:

-    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and

-    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area.

Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  PSY203 Developmental PsychologyCO
  PSY363 Abnormal PsychologyCO
Calendar Year 2
PSY248 Research Design and AnalysisCOPSY330 Learning and MemoryCO
PSY356 Motivation and EmotionCOPSY337 Advanced Research Design and AnalysisCO
Calendar Year 3
PSY307 Theories of Individual Differences and PersonalityCO  
PSY365 Applied Community and Health PsychologyCO  

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of:  

  • a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification; and
  • Successful completion of first year CDU psychology units PSY140/PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A and PSY141/PSY151 Introduction to Psychology B; or equivalent units undertaken at another institution as part of an APAC accredited degree.
  • Applicants who have undertaken equivalent units other than CDU must attach their unit outlines to their application for assessment.

Please note: The above entry requirements are for 2024 admissions only. From Semester 1, 2025 applicants will be required to complete PSY101 Introduction to Research Skills (or equivalent unit from another University), in addition to PSY150 and PSY151.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education from an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

CDU English for Academic Purposes 4 (ZEAP40)Successful completion of EAP004 English for Academic Purposes 4
IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.  
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.  
 

ATAR profile


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CDU has been doing online study for so long they're really good at it. At CDU, everyone, online and on campus, is just a student.

Michelle

CDU student

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CDU graduates have the best career and employment prospects. International students have ranked CDU 1st in Australia for learning and living experience

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2023.

Applicant background (Semester one intake 2023)No. of Students% of all Students
A. Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
22 .0
B. Vocational education and training (VET) study<5N/P
C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5N/P
D. Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

<5N/P
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

<5N/P
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

<5N/P
International students<5N/P
All students 22 .0

Notes
"<5" - the number of students is less than 5
N/A - Students not accepted in this category
N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Bachelor of Psychological Science
Faculty/College
Faculty of Health
Sector
HE
Area of study
Psychology, Health

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.auPhone:1800 061 963 (free call)

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You make CDU

Together we are a positive force for change in our communities and the world.

You make CDU

Our students choose to study with us because we share the same vision – to make a positive change. Whatever your motivation is, we can guide you in the right direction.

How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC, NSW or TAS.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
1BG016
Online (CSP)
1BG016
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
107548H

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