La Trobe University

Bachelor of Psychological Science

Overview

Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration
3 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
34 800

If you're interested in psychology or aiming to become a professional psychologist or researcher, this three-year degree is designed for you. You'll study core psychology subjects including clinical psychology foundations, developmental and social psychology, psychological assessment and intervention and how to conduct research.

You can focus on clinical neuroscience or learn about the psychology of culture and global citizenship, human relationships or even animal-human relationships. You can also apply to complete a psychology-related field placement and will have opportunities to study Autism Spectrum Disorders with specialists from the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC).

We work closely with industry bodies such as the Australian Psychological Society, along with hospitals and community centres, to make sure you're in touch with the latest developments in the field.

You can choose elective subjects from dozens of areas outside psychology including legal studies, criminology, business, management, marketing, sociology, sciences, genetics, language, drama, media studies, and more.

To become a psychologist you'll need to complete further training (fourth year study and a postgraduate degree or work-based internship).

You can apply to study this course at Bendigo or Melbourne Campus through our Hallmark Scholars Program.

Entry requirements

Subject prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.

Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)

for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

or approved international equivalent.

Career outcomes

Our course prepares you for further professional training in a range of areas including clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology which can lead to careers in various settings in mental health services. Graduates who want to pursue a career outside psychology can look in areas such as research, recruitment agencies, government agencies, marketing companies, advertising agencies, education, human resources or any other area that requires skills in data analysis, critical thinking, report writing, time management, communication and presentation. After appropriate fourth-year studies and postgraduate training, graduates may work in clinical or neuropsychology, involving diagnosis and therapy.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Professional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia will require an APAC-accredited fourth year and additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree as well as an application to the professional body. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science may apply for membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

34 800

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

Additional information

Semester 2 (July) entry is subject to the availability of places.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

CRICOS code: 002915G