Bachelor of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Psychological Science

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.

This program is 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.

Psychology provides excellent training in analytic thinking and scientific research methods that are relevant to a broad range of careers. These include but are not limited to 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.

Graduates of this course who wish to become fully registered as a psychologist must complete an APAC accredited, Level 2, fourth-year course (e.g., Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or Graduate Diploma of Psychology), followed by the completion of an accredited Masters degree (e.g., Master of Professional Psychology, with one further year of supervised practice or a Master of Psychology [Clinical]). Please refer to the Pathways to Registration as a Psychologist on the APAC website for more information.

Trimester: January*, May, September
24 months full-time / 48 months part-time (Commencing in Trimester)
Study Mode
On campus

*In 2024, the intake will commence in February


Course Structure

4 subjects in Trimester

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
  • Critical Thinking in Psychology
  • Communicating Psychology: Listening, Translating and

Level 2

Core Subjects

  • Introduction to Scientific Approaches in Psychology
  • Conducting and Interpreting Experimental Studies in Psychology
  • Learning Processes, Behaviour and Performance
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology

Level 3

Core Subject

  • Conducting and Interpreting Non-Experimental Studies in Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Personality Psychology


Select 4 of any undergraduate subjects

+ Select 2 specified Psychology level 2 subjects from List 1

  • Intercultural Psychology and Cross Cultural Communication
  • Health Psychology
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Intersections of Psychology and Law: Forensic Psychology

+ Select 3 specified Psychology level 3 subjects from List 2

  • Principles of Counselling
  • Workplace Psychology
  • Historical Foundations of Modern Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Applied Psychology Internship or
  • Applied Psychology Project

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

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • The entry requirements differ from country to country but in general applicants must have satisfactorily completed 12 years of schooling or equivalent
  • Successfully complete ten (10) subjects with a minimum pass of 50% per subject and secure an overall 65% of the James Cook University Foundation Program will also satisfy the entry requirement.
  • English (Units 3/4,C)

For further information please email us at [email protected]

English Requirements

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of IELTS 6 (no component lower than 6.0) / TOEFL (Internet Based) 74 (no component less than 18) / Pearson PTE Academic 52 (no component less than 52); or
  • Satisfactory completion of relevant level/s of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP); or
  • Successful completion of other qualifications completed in English Language deemed comparable to Australian standards on a case-by-case basis in accordance to JCU admissions guidelines

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing of up to 8 subjects will be granted upon successful completion of the James Cook University Diploma of Higher Education (Majoring in Psychological Science).

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.

Tuition Fees

Domestic** International
S$64,746 S$67,362

**Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass).


  • All course fees include the corresponding Singapore Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is 9% in 2024.
  • The details of the instalment breakdown will be provided in your Student Contract. Please contact us for further details.
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