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January, April, June, September

3 year(s) full-time


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10 - 15 hours per week per course

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Key features

  • Examine connections between human behaviour, social structures and social policy, and understand how these relationships shape organisations, communities, families and individuals.

  • Choose to focus your studies on ageing and disability, and/or criminology; and graduate with a broad skill set in demand by employers in the growing area of human services.

  • Explore a range of issues like gender and identity, marginalised young people, social divisions and the significance of popular culture in modern society.

  • Gain a unique qualification that combines the study of psychology and sociology – it’s the only degree of its kind in Australia. 

  • Be prepared for opportunities created by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).



Study on demand – a 100% online psychological science and sociology degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, engage with content from day one of your course, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

UniSA’s Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology is the only degree of its kind in Australia, formally bringing together two powerful disciplinary perspectives on how we live as social beings.

As a student, you'll be challenged to think deeply about the world we live in as you explore the way individuals, groups and communities behave, think, react and interact. Studying sociology and psychology enables students to consider how these dimensions come together in everyday life. 

As a graduate, you'll come out with a complementary skill set that industry are telling us they need.

The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Australia's ageing population and increasing demand for childcare and home based care services has contributed to a booming sector, which is predicted to show the highest rate of employment opportunities of any industry over the next five years.1

1 2016 employment projections, Dept of Employment

Study Psychological Science and Sociology on Demand

Associate Professor Harry Savelsberg, Discipline Head: Program Development and Innovation, and Richard McInnes, Online Educational Designer: UniSA Online give an insight into what the Psychological Science and Sociology degree is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

UniSA Video

Why Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology

Why this Degree

You will learn from award-winning researchers in their field, and at a university that is recognised for its world-class research in psychology and social work1.  

This degree embeds the skills needed by government and not-for-profit organisations in human services, psychology, social work, health care, and social assistance. The curriculum is relevant, up-to-date and informed by the latest developments in industry.

With a choice of specialisations in ageing and disability and/or criminology, this is a versatile qualification that equips you with the skills to make a real impact on people and the community.

You’ll develop a strong understanding of psychology, counselling, behavioural research methodologies, sociology and social policy.

 1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Your career


Professionals in these sectors can expect to work one-on-one with individuals or families, as well as with small to medium community groups such as neighbourhoods, schools and support groups. You may also work at a larger scale, advocating for policy changes on behalf of clients, organisations, or governments.

A UniSA Online Psychological Science and Sociology degree can help you pursue the following careers:

  • Disability support coordinator:
    Assist people with intellectual and physical disabilities in accessing NDIS services; liaise with a range of stakeholders in order to secure suitable support, including requesting and arranging quotes from service providers; manage and coordinate participant support plans to enable independence in the home and community; consult with carers, family, external services and other key stakeholders to help provide the most well-rounded support available.
  • Aged care coordinator:
    Employ best practice, evidence-based tools in health promotion, person centred care, and healthy ageing to manage lifestyle programs and activities for the elderly. Provide strong customer service, undertake regular consultation with residents and families, and tailor programs to suit identified client needs.
  • Community development officer:
    Deliver and support a variety of community development and wellbeing initiatives aimed at improving the lives of people from diverse community groups. Work collaboratively with key groups and agencies to develop sustainable partnerships.
  • Crime prevention officer:
    Develop, coordinate and implement a variety of crime prevention, safety and community development programs to reduce local crime. Develop information resources to educate citizens and the general public about crime prevention.
  • Drug/alcohol case worker:
    Provide support services to people in the community living with drug and alcohol issues. Work with clients to provide specialised support including assessment, intervention and counselling. Contribute to community development initiatives that promote awareness of drug and alcohol services, healthcare and education.
  • Policy development officer and analyst:
    Develop and support the implementation of best practice policies, programs, projects and activities to support overall health and wellbeing at a local, state and national level. Compile qualitative and quantitative data to assess the effectiveness of current policies and regulations, and identify the expected impact of policy changes. Undertake cost-benefit analysis, impact assessments and evaluate projects to address current and emerging issues in the community.

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • 100% online - no need to come onto campus
  • Four start dates in January, March, June and September
  • Learn in bite-sized 10-week blocks
  • 24/7 access to learning resources
  • Online student support services seven days a week
  • All content available from the start of your course
  • Flexible around your life
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time
  • One minute online credit check

Why UniSA Online?

Student services

Our graduates get jobs

You will be studying with a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career, or take it to the next level. In fact, we’re ranked in the top ten in Australia for online students who find full time employment1.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

 12015 Department of Education reported data

Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support to help with your studies

Every UniSA Online student will have have access to dedicated support by our Student Adviser team, who have specific knowledge about the degree you're enrolled in. It’s what makes the UniSA Online study experience unique from other online providers. You can be confident that by studying with UniSA Online, you’ll be supported by people who genuinely care about your success.

Online tutor support seven days a week

UniSA Online tutors are available to answer your questions seven days a week – even on week nights. Our tutors specialise in online teaching, and will provide highly personalised support tailored to your needs. They’ll provide guidance on your assignments, as well as provide advice on writing and referencing. If you’ve got a question related to your course, you can expect to receive a response in 24 hours.

24/7 tech support

You don’t need to be a tech expert to study online. Our IT Help Desk are on available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, connection to UniSA wireless, student email and other UniSA Apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support via a range of channels including online enquiry, email and phone.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment is a one-stop-shop for all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

Student services

What others are saying

"Over the course of the last 3 years, online study has allowed me to become not only an independent learner but an experienced and aware student. Prior to studying online my computer skills were only 'work standard' and the concept of submitting an assignment was completely out of the realm of possibility. The confidence I have gained through exploring the online portals, forums and UniSA website has been invaluable. Through my online studies, I've developed self-led learning techniques that have continuously supported my learning now."

Megan Brewer

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)


Megan Brewer

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Industry facts


Healthcare and social assistance is projected to increase by 250,200 (16.4%), making it the largest contributor to employment growth in Australia.1

1 Department of Employment 2017


Healthcare and social assistance is a strongly growing industry. As Australia’s largest employing industry it employs more than 1.5 million and account for 13 per cent of workers.1

1ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology will give you a solid foundation in the underlying principles and concepts of sociology, social policy and psychology. Through this degree, you will:

  • develop specialised knowledge in either ageing and disability and/or criminal justice
  • explore topics such as sociological theory, counselling, social policy analysis and community-based and participatory research methods
  • solve real-world case studies relevant to the industry

You can tailor your degree to your interests and broaden your career prospects with the choice of electives. You can select four electives from any of the UniSA Online degrees.

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.

We have some great tools that will help you organise your study schedule. Your personalised learning planner allows you to keep on top of assessments and study workload while managing work and personal commitments.



All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports

What courses you'll study

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

First year
UO The Social World (SOCU 1008)
Second year
Minor 1
, Rule(s): 2
Elective 1
, Rule(s): 3
Minor 2
, Rule(s): 2
Elective 2
, Rule(s): 3
Third year
UO Social Analysis (WELF 3026)
UO Health Psychology (BEHL 3031)
Minor 3
, Rule(s): 2
Elective 3
, Rule(s): 3
Minor 4
, Rule(s): 2
Elective 4
, Rule(s): 3

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java, and in some cases Flash (devices running on Apple's iOS operating system, such as iPads, iPhones, do not run Flash)
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Skype for Business, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

Online Course Facilitator

I hold a degree in Psychology and a Masters of International Studies from UniSA and have been a practicing academic for over five years. I have found that online students are better engaged, and develop a more complex understanding of content as well as establish networks that will go beyond their education.

Tarosh Jacob

Online Course Facilitator

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Tarosh Jacob

Online Course Facilitator


How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Check your eligibility
    Take our eligibility checker and answer a few short questions to see if you’re eligible. You’ll be given an option to request a call back, continue your application or save it for later.

  2. Receive your conditional offer
    Once you complete the eligibility checker, you’ll receive an email with your conditional offer to start studying with UnISA Online. It will have all the information you need to complete your application.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents
    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

That’s it! Once you hit submit, your application will be assessed within three business days.

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