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Degree structure

Degree details

By the end of this degree it is anticipated that students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the core topics of psychology 
  • Understand, apply, conduct, and evaluate the research methods used in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation and the appropriate use of technologies by which to do this. 
  • Use the concepts, language, major theories, and perspectives of the discipline to account for psychological phenomena. 
  • Identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions 
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking and independent learning to solve problems related to a range of issues, including behaviour and mental processes. 
  • Communicate concepts and results clearly and effectively both in writing and orally 
  • Engage in a critical review of appropriate and relevant information regarding psychological processes and demonstrate analytical research skills in evaluating psychological literature
  • Recognise and evaluate arguments and other persuasive appeals and approaches to problems
  • Identify how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and inform public policy and apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings as these relate to everyday life
  • Develop insight into your own and others’ behaviour and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement 
  • Articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and inform public policy 
  • Examine the sociocultural and international contexts that influence individual differences
  • Demonstrate a capacity for responsibility and accountability with regard to their own learning.

This degree prepares students for employment in professional areas such as health and social welfare, social policy, market research, and various functions associated with human resources and services. It is also the basis for further studies where students are able to gain specialised vocational training in the professional practice of psychology such as clinical, organisational or forensic psychology, counselling, clinical neuropsychology, health and community psychology and research.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) has been included in the Macquarie University submission for accreditation in 2018.

Higher education via OUA

Applications for registration and enrolment into the BA (Psych) degree program are planned to commence in 2019. Students can enrol into the introductory units scheduled for delivery in 2018.

To gain eligibility, students must successfully complete 4 OUA subjects, including PSYX104 and PSYX105;

successfully complete PSYX104 and PSYX105 with a credit average.

Secondary education

Competitive ATAR of 83 or equivalent OP of 9.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
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Everything we do in life is connected to psychology. Defined as the study of the human mind and behaviour, psychology plays a number of important roles in modern society. Having an understanding of human behaviour will give students an edge in a variety of careers, including human resources, law, education and social work.

Through this degree, students will get exposure to a wide range of fundamental psychological concepts, as well as to more specialised areas such as child psychology, neuropsychology, social and personality psychology, cognition and perception, and psychopathology.

This degree provides an excellent foundation for those who wish to pursue a career in psychology-related areas.

Award Requirements

 To be awarded the degree, students must complete the following minimum requirements.

  • Minimum number of units for the degree = 23 
  • Minimum number of units at 100 Level or above: 10 (of which 2 are required)
  • Minimum number of units at 200 Level or above: 7 (of which 6 are required)
  • Minimum number of units at 300 Level or above: 6 (of which 4 are required, one being the designated PACE* Unit (PSYX399)

*People and Community Engagement