Bachelor of Psychological Science

Choose Psychological Science at La Trobe

  • Study at one of Australia's top ranking psychology universities.
  • Access Australia's first and largest Autism Research Centre.
  • Our lecturers are leaders in their fields.
  • Study a range of electives including languages, business and environmental science.
  • Apply to undertake a practical psychology placement in your final year.

You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.

Career opportunities in psychology

This course is a pathway to becoming a registered psychologist. To work as a psychologist, you'll also need to complete an Honours year along with a postgraduate degree or work-based internship. Find out more about becoming a psychologist.

Graduates of this course also find work in:

  • research institutes
  • hospitals
  • schools
  • human resources and recruitment
  • marketing and advertising
  • management
  • counselling
  • statistics.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • understand behaviour, personality and learning
  • evaluate and interpret information gathered in psychological assessment
  • work in teams to solve problems and test ideas
  • understand and analyse statistics
  • conduct research ethically and effectively.


Students from Australia and New Zealand

AUD$8,917 per year (based on typical first year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.

International students

AUD$31,500 annual tuition fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.

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Course structure

Your study is made up of a combination of core and elective subjects. You'll complete a minimum of 180 credit points in psychology along with a compulsory statistics subject.

You'll have the opportunity to choose from a range of psychology electives as well as electives from other La Trobe departments.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

First year subjects

Semester 1Semester 2
Experimental Foundations of Psychological ScienceClinical Foundations of Psychological Science
History, Philosophy and Methodology of Psychological ScienceStatistics for Psychology
Elective subjectElective subject
Elective subjectElective subject

For full details, see the handbook entry for Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo and Melbourne. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


There are a number of pathway options such as La Trobe Melbourne and Foundation Studies that are designed to give you the best chance of getting into your ideal course.

Check out some of our many other pathway options available.

Scholarships and financial support

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.

Inside look: subjects across the spectrum

La Trobe offers a wide spectrum of psychology-based subjects. In this course, you'll get to study specialist topics like clinical neuroscience, autism spectrum disorders, the psychology of human-animal relationships, and more. You'll also get the chance to study subjects from other disciplines including legal studies, business, language, drama, and more.

Michelle Coleman, a recent graduate of the course, loved the range of electives available.

'I wanted a course that was specific to psychology, yet also allowed me to take subjects from the area of theatre and drama in my elective spaces,' says Coleman. 'La Trobe offered the course to best allow me to mix my career aspirations with my hobbies.'

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