BSc in Psychology
University of Newcastle, NSW
The Bachelor of Psychology is a four year Honours degree and is your first step towards gaining professional qualifications as a psychologist. It covers all areas of undergraduate study required by the Australian Psychological Society Ltd and the Psychologists Registration Board of the NSW Health Department
First year will provide you with a broad introduction to the systematic study of human behaviour. You will examine the influences on behaviour of social and cultural environments on personality, as well as normal and abnormal behaviour from childhood to adulthood. You will also cover the mechanisms of behaviour, such as cognitive processes for emotions, perception, learning and memory. Studies in statistics are also included.
Second year expands on topics to provide core studies in psychology. You will be studying the areas of the biological basis of behaviour; cognition and information processing; social psychology and personality; statistics and methodology; and clinical and abnormal behaviour.
In third year you will study core topics in more depth. They include advanced experimental methodology and statistics; neuroscience and psychopharmacology; perceptual processes and learning theory; advanced social and organisational psychology and developmental psychology (child/adolescent).
In the final year, you will have the opportunity to specialise in a specific area of psychology by designing and conducting your own research project and undertaking advanced level coursework including theoretical and applied special interest topics. Throughout the four years of your degree you will be exposed to professional and ethical issues for practising psychologists.
Students who have successfully completed the Bachelor’ programme have the option of further study and a specialisation in the one-year Master of Science in Psychology programme.
Qualifications in psychology open up a variety of job opportunities for graduates both nationally and internationally. As a psychology graduate you may be employed in occupations as diverse as counsellor, research assistant, human resource consultant, market researcher, employment officer, community development worker and of course psychologist
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