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Psychology

Understanding how people think and what motivates them to act is vital in a variety of careers. In fact, many professions include psychology concepts in their training programs and day-to-day work.

Our courses give you valuable skills in understanding people. They will also teach you critical thinking, data gathering and analysis. We have an extensive program of innovative research with a focus on areas including cognitive neuroscience, developmental and clinical psychology, and psychology in legal settings.

Studying with our expert psychology academics, you’ll get the right skills to solve problems and help others.

Course Options

Bachelor of Psychological Science

3 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time.
Hobart, Launceston CRICOS 089945D

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Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours

1 Year full-time, up to 3 years part-time.
Hobart, Launceston CRICOS 089944E

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Learn from academics that are solving real world problems.

Get involved in real research projects from your first year.

Study across a broad area of topics that are relative to people in your community.

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

Learn more about our double degrees

Pathways

At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Course breakdown

Bachelor of Psychological Science (300 credit points)

3 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time.

Core units (200 credit points)

You’ll complete 16 core units to learn the underpinning principals of psychology.

Elective units (100 credit points)

These eight units will broaden your learning experience and complement your major area of study with other discipline-specific studies.

Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours

1 Year full-time, up to 3 years part-time.

An accredited fourth year in psychology provides students with advanced education and professional training in core areas and a substantial individual research project. The course comprises four coursework units (50%), plus a research thesis (50%).

APAC accredited pathway:
Graduates who complete both an accredited undergraduate sequence and an APAC accredited fourth year psychology qualification will be eligible for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, with eligibility for full registration following two years of appropriate postgraduate training. Graduates will be eligible for membership of the Australian Psychological Society on completion of an accredited two-year postgraduate program in psychology.

1

Year One

100 credit points

  • Transferable Skills in Psychology
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Psychology for the Future
  • Understanding Individuality and Abnormality
  • Psychological Processes
  • Psychology in Context

Plus two elective units.

2

Year Two

100 credit points

  • Research Skills in Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Health and Psychological Wellbeing
  • Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience

Plus four elective units.

3

Year Three

100 credit points

  • Advanced Research Skills in Psychology
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Advanced Topics in Applied Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment and Intervention
  • Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience
  • Advanced Neuroscience and Clinical Topics

Plus two elective units.

Career outcomes

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Clinical Psychology

"The training that I received has an impact on almost everything I do in the work place and allows me to be a true professional in my field" Rosalind Woodworth, Ph.D.

Read more about Rosalind's story

The healthcare industry in expected to grow by over 15 percent over the next five years.

*Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business five Year projections from May 2019 to May 2024.

There are many career pathways available for students who have completed a degree in psychology, including:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing and Market Research
  • Employment and training services
  • Education
  • Community health and welfare
  • Health services support e.g. Drug and alcohol, cancer, disability, rehabilitation
  • Probation and parole services
  • Aged, family and child services
  • Policy and planning
  • Counselling

If you aim to become a registered psychologist, you’ll need to complete an APAC accredited fourth year psychology qualification, e.g. Honours in Psychological Sciences. After this, you can take one of the following pathways:

APAC accredited Internship Pathway, e.g. Master of Professional Psychology

OR

APAC accredited postgraduate clinical psychology degree, e.g. Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.