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Bachelors Degree Pass/Honours
- Bachelor of Psychology
- Admission criteria
- Guaranteed ATAR 70
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 4 years full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Find out how the human mind thinks and why we behave the way we do.
Broad career options
Available as part of a double degree.
Highly ranked course
Top 10 nationally for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health Subjects.
Top 1 %
Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.
Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.
Learn about perception, cognition, emotion, personality, behaviour and interpersonal relationships, and how psychologists examine, explain and predict what people do as individuals and in groups.
Your first year is interprofessional and taken with other health sciences students. In your second year you will gain greater knowledge in learning, motivation, perception, child development and social psychology.
You will prepare a research proposal in your third year and develop advanced knowledge in abnormal psychology, adult development, community psychology, cognition, cross-cultural psychology, Indigenous psychology and individual differences.
Your fourth year includes a year-long research project and you will develop skills in areas such as program evaluation, psychological assessment, and counselling.
Note on fourth year: Due to stringent accreditation requirements, you must attain a minimum credit average in your second and third year core psychology units to continue into the fourth year of the course. If you do not attain the credit average required, you will graduate at the end of the third year with the intermediate award, Bachelor of Science (Psychology). High achieving students may be offered a place in the honours program.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- You will graduate with in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge together with research skills.
- There are diverse career opportunities in health and other fields such as human resources, economics, industrial relations, market research, advertising and public relations.
- Curtin was listed in the top 151-200 universities for psychology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2021.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. On graduation from the fourth year of the program, you are eligible to apply for an associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society.
Note: For provisional leading to full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, you must complete a further two years of skills-based training.
With further study:
- Endorsed psychologist
- Registered psychologist.
- Local community
- Not-for-profit sector
- Sports organisations.
What you'll learn
- apply psychological theory to evidence based practice and extend the boundaries of knowledge through research; discriminate between valid discipline knowledge and questionable esoteric theory and practice
- apply logical and rational processes to critically analyse problems and generate innovative solutions to psychological questions
- access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information and evidence from a range of sources applicable to psychology
- communicate effectively with individuals, groups and communities
- select and effectively use appropriate technologies relevant to psychological research and practice
- demonstrate ability for self directed learning and reflective practice
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of international perspectives in psychology
- demonstrate understanding and respect for human rights and cultural diversity
- independently and collaboratively apply professional skills in an ethical manner
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.
|GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three)||5|
|Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6)||60|
|ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE)||70|
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Desirable course prerequisites
One mathematics subject.
Other requirements and notes for this course
We do accept mid year enrolments. However please note that there may be restrictions on unit availability.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Fees & charges
International student indicative fees for 2020
Fee year: 2020
|International onshore – fee paying||Cost|
|Offer letter (100 credit) published fee||$18,000*|
|Total indicative course fee||$144,400*|
|Indicative year 1 fee||$36,400*|
Fee year: 2021
|International onshore – fee paying||Cost|
|Offer letter (100 credit) published fee||$18,400*|
|Total indicative course fee||$143,000*|
|Indicative year 1 fee||$37,200*|
The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.
The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.
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- Curtin course code: B-PSYCH
- CRICOS code: 041070B
- Last updated on: September 24, 2020