Bachelor of Psychology
A psychology degree that will prepare you for a diversity of careers and further study toward registration as a psychologist.
The learning experience
Study area - Psychology
Find out more about psychology and where it can take you.
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Careers and further study
Psychology is relevant to almost any human endeavour, which means a psychology degree, or some complementary psychology studies, are relevant not only for traditional psychology careers, but for a wide range of careers. For example, there are psychologists designing cockpits for NASA, computer software interfaces, personnel selection systems, or age-appropriate toys; psychologists develop market research strategies, or train people in a variety of settings.
To be considered for this course you need to:
- achieve the University’s minimum entry score
- demonstrate English language competence
- satisfy any prerequisites for your preferred majors (refer to individual major descriptions for prerequisite details)
View our admission requirements for specific information, depending on your education history.
Assured Pathway informationIf you have a professional career in mind, take advantage of one of our Assured Pathways. An Assured Pathway gives you an assured place in one of our postgraduate professional courses (such as Law, Engineering or Medicine) from the start of your studies with us. The pathways combine a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, providing you with a clearer direction to your career of choice.
Admission entry to UWA
We offer a number of other pathways for you to gain entry into our undergraduate degrees if you do not meet the standard admission requirements. Learn more about our admission entry pathways.
About the Bachelor of Psychology
The Bachelor of Psychology will help you develop a scientific understanding of human thoughts and behaviours, the psychological processes underlying these and the relationship of these processes to brain function. It is a three-year undergraduate sequence in psychology, anticipated to be awarded accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
- Available 2022
- Semester 1, Semester 2
- 3 years full time
- Specialised Bachelor's Degree
- UWA (Crawley campus)
What will I learn?
An undergraduate degree in psychology equips you with:
- Normal and abnormal development – How do psychological abilities develop through the lifespan and how are psychological processes affected by ageing, brain damage and disease?
- Groups and organisations – How do our psychological abilities impact on relationships between people and groups in society? How do you optimise human performance in a work setting?
- Cognition and perception – How do our brains interpret inputs from the world? How do we perceive, think, remember and make decisions?
- Research methods – How do you measure psychological constructs such as intelligence, personality traits and social skills? How do you analyse data to make evidence-based decisions?
- Apply psychological principles to personal, social and group issues
- Recognise and appreciate the impact of mental health issues
- Think critically and creatively
- Use scientific methods to solve problems
- Plan, implement, and evaluate research projects
- Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and settings
- Act professionally within an ethical framework
- Work independently and as part of a team
- Perform statistical analyses and use computer programs to analyse data
- Code, synthesise and interpret data
- Systematically observe and record behaviour
- Persuasive and technical writing
- Editing and proof-reading
- Peer review
- Public speaking
Why study with us?
Psychology can take you anywhere and everywhere. Psychology is relevant to almost any human endeavour, meaning a psychology degree, or some complementary psychology studies, are relevant not only for traditional psychology careers, but for a wide range of careers.
This new degree has been designed to meet the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) Accreditation Standards for a three-year psychology program. Formal accreditation of this course is currently being sought and it is anticipated in time for 2022 entry.
Begin your pathway to becoming a psychologist by selecting the Psychology extended major, available in the Bachelor of Psychology or the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences single major in the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts. To continue your pathway to registration as a provisional psychologist, follow this with a fourth year of study with Honours in Psychology. You can then undertake further postgraduate study in your chosen area of psychology to complete the pathway to registration.