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Bachelor of Psychological Science

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Course overview

Psychologists use scientific methods to study the human mind and assess, diagnose, prevent and treat problems. Psychologists are interested in how people think, feel and behave. They study individuals, groups, organisations and communities and apply this knowledge accordingly.

Studying Psychology will give you a unique set of skills to analyse and understand human behaviour, relationships and mental health.

You will study a core program in Psychology and choose additional psychology electives according to your interests and requirements. You will also study electives from non-psychology subjects.

James Cook University Psychology programs are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Career Opportunities for Psychology Graduates

Demand for registered psychologists continues to grow in schools, public and private hospitals, academic and applied research settings, law courts, prisons, police forces, defence forces, private practice, consulting firms – the list goes on. Once registered, you can also progress to specialist areas including Organisational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Educational and Developmental Psychology.

Psychology provides excellent training in analytic thinking and scientific research methods that are relevant to a broad range of careers. If you decide not to gain accreditation you can seek employment in fields such as community services and counselling, business and market research, education, administration, and management. An increasing number of Psychology graduates work as researchers in industry and government agencies.

A minimum six-year sequence of education and supervised training is required to become eligible for registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. After graduating from this three-year degree you must complete an accredited extra year of study – either the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or the Graduate Diploma of Psychology – plus two years of supervised practice in the field. Alternatively, you can complete a two-year Master of Psychology (Clinical) with one year of supervised practice.

Campus
Singapore
Start dates
March, July, November
Duration
24 months full time | 48 months part time
Study mode
On campus

Subjects

Course Structure

3 trimesters per year

Study Program

Students are required to complete 24 subjects (72 credit points) based on availability and scheduling.


Level 1

Core Subjects

  • Exploring Psychology 1
  • Exploring Psychology 2
  • Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective
  • Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology
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4 subjects from the James Cook University Master Schedule of Subjects*

Level 2

Core Subjects

  • Describing and Analysing Behaviour
  • Experimental Investigation and Analysis of Behaviour

Level 3

Core Subject

Advanced Behavioural Research Design and Analysis

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Select 7 Psychology subjects from specified lists 1-4

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Select 6 subjects at levels 2 or 3 from the James Cook University Master Schedule of Subjects*

*Master Schedule of Subjects is the list of subjects offered at the Singapore campus of James Cook University which can be studied towards an award of the university


Subject Lists


Select 2 subjects from List 1

  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Learning and Behaviour
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of Mind

Select 2 subjects from List 2

  • Intercultural Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Human Development across the Lifespan
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Psychology
  • Advanced Health Psychology

Select 2 subjects from List 3

  • Environmental Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Principles of Counselling
  • Behaviour in Organisations
  • Introductory Psychometrics, Assessment and Ethics

Select 1 subject from List 4

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Principles of Counselling
  • Behaviour in Organisations
  • Introductory Psychometrics, Assessment and Ethics
  • Personality and Individual Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of Mind
  • Advanced Health Psychology

For a comprehensive listing and outline of the respective course subjects, please click here.

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements differs from country to country, but in general, applicants must have satisfactorily completed 12 years of schooling or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of the James Cook University Foundation Program will also satisfy the entry requirement.

For further information please email us at admissions-singapore@jcu.edu.au

English Requirements

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency of IELTS 6.0 (no component lower than 6.0)/TOEFL iBT 79 (with minimum writing score of 19) and above; or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP);
  • Students who have successfully completed 2 years of full-time study in English medium may satisfy the English language requirement on a case-by-case basis.

Advanced Standing

Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures. Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Attendance Requirements

International students holding a valid Student's Pass are required to attend at least 90% of scheduled classes per month. Failure to attend classes is a breach of the student visa conditions. Being absent from classes for a continuous period of seven days or more, or attendance falling below 90% without valid reasons will result in the student needing to surrender their Student's Pass for cancellation.

Domestic students must attend at least 75% of the scheduled lecture and tutorial activities to be eligible for assessment.

Career Outcomes

Graduates have gained employment in various sectors including but not limited to the following: Schools, Private practice, Hospitals and healthcare services, Drug and alcohol services, Rehabilitation services, Counselling services, Correctional services, and Child safety.

How to apply

Apply Online

Online Application Guide and Checklist

Tuition Fees

Domestic* International
S$53,928 S$56,496

*Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding Student's Pass)

Note: All course fees include prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST)

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Download the Psychology brochure here.

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Note: International students in Singapore on a Student Pass are not permitted to work. For more information please visit http://www.ica.gov.sg.

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Disclaimer
Although James Cook University endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.