CC43 Bachelor of Psychological Science

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives

Core Structure

Number of units: 16 Total credit points: 96

Graduating with this degree will not allow you to call yourself a 'psychologist'. This requires further study involving an honours degree (4th year of study), and then an accredited Psychology Board of Australia pathway.

Computing Requirements

It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the Internet.

It is strongly recommended that students have access to broadband connection or higher in order to access online student resources that would include, but not limited to, e-mail, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.

To satisfy the requirements of the award, students must complete 24 units/144 units of credit in accordance with the following:

  • A minimum of 96 units of credit (16 units) in psychology, including:

o 24 psychology units of credit (4 units) at year 1;

o a minimum of 30 psychology units of credit (5 units) at year 2, including PSYC12047 and PSYC12048;

o a minimum of 36 psychology units of credit (6 units) at year 3, including PSYC13015, PSYC13017 and PSYC13020;

o a total of 72 units of credit (12 units) at year two and three psychology combined

  • A minimum of 1 unit (6 units of credit) relating to Indigenous studies (INDG19015 or INDG19016)
  • A total of 7 elective units (42 units of credit)

N.B. If a student takes only the minimum 5 psychology units at year 2, they must take 7 units at year 3 in order to make the full load of 12 psychology units at year 2 and 3.

Except with the approval of the Head of Course, all students must satisfy all unit prerequisites shown on the unit in the Handbook.

After completing three years of full-time studies or equivalent within this course, students who have satisfied the above criteria for the first three years (including the required electives) and have a GPA of 5.5 or above for year 2 and year 3 core and elective psychology units, will have the option to enrol in our Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) course. For the purposes of entry into Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) course, calculation of GPA will be based on the best 10 accredited psychology units at year 2 and year 3 (adhering to the requirements outlined above regarding number at second and third year and compulsory units). This offer applies only for enrolment in the academic year following completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science and students must register their intention to enrol within three to four weeks of certification of Term 2 grades.

Those eligible students who do not take up the offer will need to apply for a competitive place for enrolment in future years.

Compulsory Core Psychology Units

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PSYC11008 Biological Foundations of Psychology
PSYC11012 Research Methods 1
PSYC11009 Fundamentals of Psychology 2: Psychological Literacy
PSYC11011 Personal and Professional Development
PSYC12048 Research Methods 2
PSYC12047 Introduction to Data Analysis
PSYC13017 Foundations of Psychopathology
PSYC13015 Research Methods 3
PSYC13020 Individual Differences and Assessment

Year 2 Units

Available units
Students must complete 3 from the following units:
PSYC12010 Psychology Across the Lifespan
PSYC12013 Personality
PSYC12012 Physiological Psychology
PSYC12014 Critical Social Psychology

Year 3 Units

Available units
Students must complete 3 from the following units:
PSYC13016 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC13021 Forensic Psychology
PSYC13022 Learning & Behaviour Modification
PSYC13023 Educational Psychology
PSYC13024 Qualitative Research Methodology
PSYC13025 Applied Sports Psychology

NOTE: To meet the course’s psychology study requirements of a total of 72 units of credit (12 units) at year 2 and 3 as detailed above, students must undertake 1 additional unit from the year 2 or year 3 unit options as listed above.


Number of units: 7 Total credit points: 42


Students undertake further study in 7 elective units (42 units of credit). Elective units may be chosen from the additional psychology units provided in this course or any undergraduate 6 credit point unit from CQUniversity provided prerequisite and corequisite requirements are met.

Students must complete one of the following units relating to Indigenous studies (INDG19015 Aboriginal Cultures and Country; INDG19016 Contemporary Indigenous Issues).

Available units
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
INDG19015 Aboriginal Cultures and Country
INDG19016 Contemporary Indigenous Issues