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Start Date
January, April, June, September

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
Online

Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

Program Code
XBPY

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Fees
2020: AUD$ 23,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6]
  • IELTS reading [6]
  • IELTS writing [6]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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Degree overview

  • Study a degree accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

  • Join a university ranked in the top 10 in Australia for psychology1.

  • Learn innovative course content informed by cutting-edge research that has been assessed as well above world class2.

  • Use your degree as a pathway to become a professional clinical psychologist with further postgraduate study3.

  • Boost your employment prospects in diverse industries such as marketing, health care, HR, education and human services.

  • Use your qualification to move directly into employment or as a foundation for further specialised postgraduate study3.

1THE Subject Rankings 2019.
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
3Your three-year Bachelor of Psychology degree is accredited by Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and is the first step towards becoming a professional psychologist.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Study On Demand – this is a 100% online psychology degree designed specifically for online learning. With UniSA Online, you can take full control over your study, access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

You’ll join a university ranked in the top 10 in Australia for psychology1. Our innovative psychology curriculum has been recognised by teaching and learning national bodies and has received commendations from the Australian Psychology Educators network for innovative learning. You’ll graduate with a degree accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Designed and taught by world-class researchers, you’ll study course content that is relevant, up-to-date and informed by cutting-edge research that has been assessed as above world class2. Our specialist psychology courses in the areas of work and organisational psychology, health psychology, and conservation psychology are taught by expert academics who are leading researchers in these fields.

While this degree is a pathway for a career as a professional psychologist (with further study3), it also prepares you for roles in a variety of other fields. Choose to undertake postgraduate studies in sociology, social work, human services, business or justice studies and find work in local councils, state or federal government departments, market research agencies – the opportunities are endless. Whether you’re looking to restart or advance your career, this degree will set you up on a path towards career success.

1THE Subject Rankings 2019.
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
3Your three-year Bachelor of Psychology degree is accredited by Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and is the first step towards becoming a professional psychologist.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Professionals in this field are focused on finding explanations for the nature of human behaviour, drawing on advanced scientific methods and tools to understand people’s emotions, thoughts, and actions. Through your studies, you’ll learn to conduct, dissect and interpret scientific research.

Understanding contemporary research and evidence-based practice is essential for psychologists in their work with clients. Through this program, you will learn about psychological research methods, collect and analyse data through questionnaires and sampling procedures, use SPSS software to conduct appropriate statistical analyses, and present and share your findings. This degree applies real-world research to provide a solid foundation of knowledge for those seeking to pursue further post-graduate training and a career in psychology.

Study the inner workings of the brain, discover how personality forms and uncover how memory can be enhanced. Explore the way society and culture impact behaviour, factors that make us crack under pressure, and uncover the theories behind motivation and emotion. Examine biological factors such as the structure and function of the human nervous system and brain, states of human consciousness, processes of motivation and emotion, and the major theories of learning.

While this degree does not include any formal placements, there is a strong focus on practical, real-world learning. For example, in your Health Psychology course, you’ll conduct an evidence-based behavioural intervention on a health behaviour such as sleep, exercise or diet. Your Work and Organisational Psychology course requires you to assess an employee’s job abilities and characteristics that are required to successfully perform their role. In the Conservation Psychology course, you’ll learn to develop a behaviour change message related to a conservation issue and communicate to multiple audiences.

Throughout your studies, you’ll also be supported to develop a personal and professional development plan to reach your study and work goals throughout, and beyond, your degree. You’ll leave well prepared to hit the ground running when you graduate.

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.

Assessment

Assessment

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

Degree structure

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

First year
book
book
UO Psychology 1A (BEHL 1030)
book
UO Psychology 1B (BEHL 1031)
book
book
book
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OR
book
UO The Social World (SOCU 1008)
book
book
Elective
, Note(s): 1,2
Second year
book
book
Elective
, Note(s): 1,2
book
book
Elective
, Note(s): 1
book
book
Elective
, Note(s): 1
book
book
Elective
, Note(s): 1
Third year
book
Elective: Specialist Psychology Course
, Rule(s): 2,3
book
Elective: Specialist Psychology Course
, Rule(s): 2,3
book
book
Elective
, Note(s): 1
book
book
Elective
, Note(s): 1
book
Elective: Specialist Psychology Course
, Rule(s): 2,3
book
Elective
, Note(s): 1

Why Bachelor of Psychology

Why this Degree

There is a large national demand for professionals in the health and welfare services industries1.

Regardless of your career path, an understanding of psychology will enhance your job prospects, especially if your career requires you to work and collaborate with others. The knowledge and empathy gained in your degree will not only help you understand people’s behaviour and motivations, it will change the way you manage conflicts in your professional and personal life while also developing critical leadership skills – an essential attribute for all professionals, not just managers.

Your knowledge of research methods, ability to analyse data, communicate complex information and understand human behaviour will position you well for your future career, regardless of whether you choose to pursue a career in psychology or work in any other industry.

Your understanding of what makes people tick, and why people act in certain ways is a valuable skill in a wide variety of industries including marketing, health care and social services. Make a real impact on the lives of others. Help people overcome adversity, increase their wellbeing and live life to their full potential.

Maximise your employment opportunities and tailor your degree by choosing electives that match your career interest. Through the program electives, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as human services, disability and ageing, health, criminal justice, HR, or marketing and communications.

1Joboutlook.gov.au

Career outcomes

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Your career

Job prospects for psychologists1 is forecasted to grow very strongly, with approximately 38,000 job openings over the next five years.1

A psychology degree opens a variety of career paths. Graduates will be qualified to gain employment in a wide range of areas, including the health and human services sectors; research organisations; and government and non-government organisations. Many professionals put their knowledge of psychology to work in various industries including marketing, business, advertising, criminal justice, education, health services, HR and others.

Graduates of this degree will have the option to take one of two pathways, moving directly into employment or using their degree as a foundation for further specialised postgraduate study.

1To become a psychologist, you must complete further specialised study to fulfil the requirements of the Australian Psychological Association Council and Psychology Board of Australia for registration.
2Joboutlook.gov.au

Careers to consider:

  • Clinical psychologist (with further study)*:
    Provide a range of psychological services to individuals across their lifespan; understand the broad expanse of mental health issues and how they may occur at any age; and design and implement treatment strategies in various settings including primary care, psychiatric and rehabilitation.
  • Work and organisational psychologist (with further study)*:
    Apply psychological principles and research methods to solve problems in the workplace and improve quality of life; investigate workplace productivity and management and employee working styles; and collaborate with management to develop policies and training sessions to improve organisational performance and morale.
  • Market research analyst:
    Study consumer behaviour and patterns; monitor and forecast marketing and sales trends; measure the effectiveness of marketing strategies; devise and evaluate methods for collecting data; communicate complex data and findings into understandable tables, graphs and written reports; and present results to clients and management.
  • Psychology research assistant:
    Perform daily activities involved in conducting research studies including recruiting and liaising with study participants, booking appointments, administering study questionnaires and process data; record, analyse and present research outcomes to stakeholders; and produce high-quality publications.
  • Case manager:
    Work in fields such as social and human services and community programs; specialise in aged care, alcohol and other drugs, youth and family, migration and rehabilitation.

*To be a clinical psychologist, you must fulfil the requirements of the Australian Psychological Association and Psychology Board of Australia for registration. Students who wish to be an accredited clinical psychologist can go on to study UniSA’s Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree. Note that on-campus study is required. Students planning to undertake Honours must successfully complete Advanced Research Methods, which is a specialist psychology course in the degree.

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Your study experience and support

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.

  • Designed specifically for your online learning
    Designed by a team of academic and online experts, our course materials are delivered in an interactive way using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources.
  • Study when it suits you
    Our online degrees support students who lead busy lifestyles. With four start dates a year in January, March, July and September there is no need to interrupt your life.
  • Take control of your study schedule
    With all content available from day one of your course, you have the power to plan your study schedule in advance. 
  • Finish each course in 10 weeks
    Our courses are delivered within 10-week terms to keep you motivated throughout your degree. Study two courses a term or just one.
  • 100% online study
    You won’t need to come onto campus for coursework, assessments or exams. Complete all study for your degree where it suits you.
  • Get the help you need
    Whether you need help with course content or assessments, we offer the academic support and services you need to be successful in your studies.
  • Adjust your study to your life
    There’s no need to interrupt work and family life or spend money on travel and student accommodation. Organise study around your life.
  • Learn from world-renowned academics
    Get a degree that’s designed and taught by leading academics and industry professionals.
  • 100% online interactive learning environment
    Our interactive online learning environment supports all your study needs. Log in anytime, on any device, wherever it suits you.
  • Access a library of over 700,000 digital resources
    Access a library of more than 700,000 digital resources including e-books, videos and journal articles. Our Ask the Library virtual service can help you locate, access, evaluate, use and reference a range of information resources.

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, UniSA undergraduates studying online have graduate employment rates well above the national average1.

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.

 1UniSA External UG full-time employment rate 83%
Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018

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

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online academic support seven days a week

You’ll be supported by our highly experienced academic team of Online Course Facilitators and Online Tutors. Our academics will guide you through your learning and ensure you have an outstanding, high-quality education.

They can help you with your course materials and assessments, provide feedback on your work, assist you with referencing as well as answer any other course-specific queries. You’ll be able to contact your academics via email, online discussion forums and live messages in the online learning environment.You can also communicate in real-time and chat face-to-face with your academics online.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment supports 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.

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What others are saying

Psychology is a fascinating field that helps us better understand ourselves, those we interact with, and the grand challenges in the world.

My work focuses on applying psychological knowledge to conservation issues and exploring how time in nature supports people’s physical and psychological well-being. I undertake applied projects with partners such as Zoos Victoria to boost the public profile and contribute to the conservation of endangered local species.

I am driven by the desire to make a difference through my research and to contribute to the education of the next generation of psychology professionals so you too, can apply the science of psychology across the interesting and diverse careers you choose to pursue.

Dr Elissa Pearson

UniSA psychology academic

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Dr Elissa Pearson

UniSA psychology academic

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)
  • Some UniSA Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

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 LinkedIn Learning - 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.

How to apply

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

  1. Submit an online enquiry

    If you're ready to apply, the first step is to fill out and submit our online enquiry form. Here you'll be asked a series of questions to see if you're eligible. Following your online enquiry, one of our Degree Advisers will contact you at your preferred time to discuss the application process.

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  2. Speak to a Degree Adviser and start your application

    If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

    In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

    Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to begin your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

  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.

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