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Bachelor of Psychology
Analyse the human mind and behaviour
Open your mind to the study of developmental, social and child psychology. Understand how the humans process and assess information. Start down a path that could lead to a career in health, social welfare, human resources or market research.
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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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.
This program has conditional accreditation with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and enables you to pursue further study in psychology or a higher research degree.
Higher education via OUA
To gain eligibility, students must successfully complete 4 OUA subjects, including PSYX1104 and PSYX1105;
successfully complete PSYX1104 and PSYX1105 with a credit average.
Competitive ATAR of 83, a Selection Rank of 83 or equivalent OP of 9.
English Proficiency Requirements
Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.
All applicants for undergraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification
For more information see English Language Requirements.
Everything we do in life is connected to psychology. Defined as the study of the human mind and behaviour, and characterised by both scientific research and applied professional practice, psychology plays a number of important roles in modern society. Having an understanding of human behaviour will give you an edge in a variety of careers, including human resources, law, education, social work, criminology, forensic science, market research and computer programming.
This degree will provide you with a scientific understanding of the psychological processes that underlie behaviour. You’ll 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, health psychology, organisational psychology, cognition and perception, and psychopathology. It offers an excellent foundation if wish to pursue a career in psychology-related areas, or it can be undertaken as a pathway to postgraduate study in psychology, which will enable you to become a qualified psychologist.
Recommended Study Pattern
Minimum number of subjects for the degree: 24
Essential subjects: 100 credit points
- PSYX1104 Introduction to Psychology I (Open Enrolment)
- PSYX1105 Introduction to Psychology II (Open Enrolment)
- PSYX2234 Social and Personality Psychology
- PSYX2235 Developmental Psychology
- PSYX2236 Biopsychology and Learning
- PSYX2246 Cognitive Processes I
- PSYX2247 Perception
- PSYX2248 Design and Statistics II
- PSYX3332 Principles of Psychological Assessment
- PSYX3337 Psychotherapy
Optional set 1: 20 credit points
- ANTX2007 Psychological Anthropology
- PHIX2042 Practical Ethics
- PHIX2062 Philosophy of Psychology
- PSYX2224 Psychology, Health and Wellbeing
- SOCX2000 Methods of Social Research
Optional set 2: 30 credit points
- PSYX3336 Personality and its disorders
- PSYX3338 Organisational Psychology
- PSYX3350 Psychology of Human Relationships
- Psychological Science: Putting Theory into Practice PSYX3399
Electives: 80 credit points
You can use your flexible zone to enrol in any subject for which you meet the pre-requisites.
TOTAL CREDIT POINTS REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM: 240
To be awarded the degree, students must complete the following minimum requirements.
- Minimum number of subjects required for the degree: 24
- There are 16 Core subjects required for this degree, including a final Capstone subject (PSYX3999).
- There are 8 elective subjects required for this degree.
- Students must complete no more than 100 credit points (10 subjects) at 1000 level.
Choose your subjects
- Students can complete 80 credit points (8 subjects) from any subject for which they meet the prerequisites.
- Students must complete no more than 100 credit points (10 subjects) at 1000 level.
Students are eligible to register for the Macquarie Bachelor of Psychology after successfully completing 4 OUA higher education subjects including PSYX1104 and PSYX1105; or successfully complete PSYX1104 and PSYX1105 with a credit average. Students must follow the degree structure in place at the time of their Bachelor of Psychology registration with the University. Registration is free for all students.
Please Note: Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) and HECS are not available for this degree. However, subject to your eligibility, other HELP loans may be available. The degree has only one intake per year commencing in Semester 1. If you do not apply in Semester 1, applications for the following years intake will open towards the end of the year.
Please note that students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy will not be permitted to register in Macquarie University degrees offered through OUA. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
Changes in 2020:
In 2020 the Macquarie subject codes have changed. All subjects previously studied under the old subject code will be recognised as equivalent.
The Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) is now titled the Bachelor of Psychology.
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