Bachelor of Science (Psychological Science)
Become an expert in human behaviour
Explore how psychological science benefits Antarctic expeditions, remote communities, the recovery of brain injuries, addiction, and more. Pave the way for a range of careers.
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Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.
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Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Explain the methodologies of science and the role and relevance of science in society.
- Apply in-depth knowledge and skills in one or more scientific disciplines to provide specialist advice and functions in a range of contexts.
- Design and implement scientific investigations, including quantitative analysis and critical evaluation of results.
- Communicate scientific results, information, and arguments, to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes.
- Apply scientific methods and knowledge ethically, responsibly, respectfully and safely in research or workplace settings guided by relevant regulatory and professional frameworks.
There are many career pathways available for students who have completed a degree in psychology, including:
- Aged, family and child services
- Community health and welfare
- Health services support e.g. Drug and alcohol, cancer, disability, rehabilitation
- Human Resource Management
- Marketing and Market Research
- Employment and training services
- Probation and parole services
- Policy and planning
Australian Psychological Society
Higher education via OUA
Successful completion of any 4 OUA open access subjects of study at the equivalent AQF level, unless otherwise specified.
Applicants must have completed at least two subjects of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points) within an Associate Degree level course or Higher; OR
Completed the UTAS University Preparation Program (or an equivalent qualification offered by an Australian University); OR
Completed DUS (Diploma of University Studies) any pathway or equivalent.
ATAR: 65 or higher.
Successful completion of certificate IV or higher.
Work and Life
Domestic Applicants with work and life experience: If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have extensive or sustained work experience.
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
Psychology, the study of human behaviour, impacts every environment in which humans live, work, cooperate and communicate.
Studying psychology, you’ll understand the science behind human behaviour, and learn how this can solve problems in all sorts of situations. This major can pave the way for a range of careers. We provide insight into how psychological science benefits Antarctic expeditions, remote communities, the recovery of brain injuries, addiction, and more.
If you want to develop knowledge and skills that will enrich your personal and professional life, Psychology provides the perfect foundation. When you study the science of psychology you will learn about the biological and psychological principles of human behaviour, and will develop the transferable skills of critical thinking, communication and problem solving that are vital everywhere people interact.
We’ll give you a wealth of practical experience regardless of your areas of study. You’ll have unparalleled access to facilities used by researchers and industry partners, and you can immerse yourself in Tasmania’s living laboratory, with opportunities to connect with the science community.
Recommended Study Pattern
The Bachelor of Science requires the completion of 24 subjects comprising:
- 8 Core subjects
- 8 Discipline Elective subjects
- 8 Elective UTAS Elective subjects
You may complete any subject from the Bachelor of Science available in the Discipline stream as a Discipline Elective so long as you meet any pre-requisites.
For students undertaking full-time study the following study pattern is recommended:
Year 1. 8 subjects in first year including:
- 2 Introductory subjects
- TAS-PSY111 Transferable Skills in Psychology
- TAS-PSY124 Mental Health and Individual Differences
- 4 Discipline subjects
- 2 UTAS Electives
Year 2. 8 subjects in second year including:
- 2 Intermediate subjects
- TAS-PSY207 Social Psychology
- TAS-PSY211 Research Skills in Psychology
- 2 Discipline subjects
- 4 UTAS Electives
Year 3. 8 subjects in third year including:
- 4 Advanced subjects
- TAS-PSY302 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
- TAS-PSY305 Clinical Psychology
- TAS-PSY311 Advanced Research Skills in Psychology
- TAS-PSY324 Psychological Assessment and Intervention
- 2 Discipline subjects
- 2 UTAS Electives
Satisfactory completion of 24 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 3-7 years from commencement.
Choose your subjects
Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from within or outside the College of Sciences and Engineering. Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional subjects in the same discipline as your core subjects or related fields.
You can also use this space to complete an optional second major which may be a second major chosen from another program noting some exclusions apply. Not all majors can be taken by students in different programs.
Students outside Tasmania, please note, you will need to contact the subject coordinator if you wish to study TAS-KGA331.
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This degree offers Open access entry, exclusive to Open Universities Australia.
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