Undergraduate

Bachelor of Psychology

A psychology degree that will prepare you for a diversity of careers and further study toward registration as a psychologist.

80
Minimum ATAR
3
Years Full-Time

Careers and further study

Career opportunities

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.

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.

Traditional careers in psychology:

  • Clinical Psychologist—assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions; design and assess treatment interventions; be involved in research, teaching and supervision; promote psychological health
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist—assess and treat people with a wide range of brain injuries or disorders; design and assess treatment interventions; be involved in research, teaching and supervision; promote brain health
  • Industrial and Organisational Psychologist—recruit and select personnel; design and evaluate behavioural training programs; develop leadership and management skills; optimise job design, performance, and workplace culture; foster employee wellbeing and work-life balance

Please note these traditional career paths often require postgraduate studies and registration as a psychologist.

Other career opportunities in psychology:

  • Healthcare, social welfare, research, government, business, education, human resources, market research, human factors and public relations

Honours

The Honours program in Psychology aims to develop your skills in addressing advanced conceptual issues in psychology and integrating a broad range of research findings within central theoretical concepts.

The Honours program in Psychology aims to develop your skills in addressing advanced conceptual issues in psychology and integrating a broad range of research findings within central theoretical concepts. You’ll also gain a deep understanding of current research within several areas of the discipline. You’ll learn to plan, implement, and interpret the findings of a major piece of empirical research and give brief oral presentations of research findings in a manner that is understandable to people not working in the same research area. The honours specialisation continues the research preparation from the earlier undergraduate years and prepares you for entry into a PhD and into discipline-accredited Master degrees that have a research component.

At present, postgraduate professional training is available in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Business Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology. Psychology Honours has been awarded Conditional Accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fourth-year of psychology study, and graduates are eligible for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

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 information

If 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).

Bachelor of Psychology

Quick details

Degree specific majors
  • 1
Status
  • Available 2022
Minimum ATAR
  • 80
Course intake
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Full time completion
  • 3 years full time
Course code
  • BP030
Degree type
  • Specialised Bachelor's Degree
Campus location
  • UWA (Crawley campus)
PSYCHOLOGY AT UWA

What will I learn?

An undergraduate degree in psychology equips you with:

Specialist knowledge

  • 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?

Core skills

  • 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

Specific skills

  • 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
PSYCHOLOGY AT UWA
Psychology at UWA

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.

Psychology at UWA

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. 

Teaching excellence

  • Learn from experts who operate at the cutting edge of the discipline. We don’t just teach the textbooks, we conduct the work in the textbooks.
  • Our teaching standards are high and teaching is constantly evaluated by our students. Our scores are among the best at UWA, with about 90 per cent of our students agreeing or strongly agreeing that we provide a good educational experience.
  • We offer fantastic student support staff to provide you with advice and guidance.
Research excellence
  • You'll be involved in the cutting-edge research from your first year of postgraduate study.
  • Our School has received the top rating of 5 in all three rounds of the Commonwealth’s Excellence in Research for Australia exercises (2010, 2012, 2015). Our research is rated as 'well above world standard'. We are one of only two Australian psychology schools to achieve this.
  • We consistently rank in the top 100 psychology departments in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject) and are the only WA school in the top 100.
Industry connections
  • We offer work-integrated learning through our large network of corporate partners.
  • Our postgraduate programs are leading the way in terms of research-integration, evidence-based practice and innovation. Our students are in high demand across many sectors.
  • UWA is an international hub for the areas of Business and Industrial and Organisational Psychology, and we have strong links with various industries.
  • Our clinical programs are recognised as among the very best in the country, and we have extensive networks with clinical service providers.
Student choice
  • UWA courses are progressive, flexible, and benchmarked against the world’s best.
  • Flexibility means you're not locked into a named degree from first year.
  • Graduates are equipped with communication and critical thinking skills at the highest international standards, and are trained to have a interdisciplinary, global perspective.

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Course Accreditation

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.

4 years to be a

Provisional psychologist

Provisional Psychologist PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST = 1 HONOURS 3 + BACHELOR’S

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.

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