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CU77 - Bachelor of Psychology

About Psychology

Social sciences is the scientific study of human society, of both individuals and their relationships within society. Social science studies at CQU include psychology, sociology, social work and welfare studies.

Learn about human development, including memory and thought, personality, abnormal behaviour, and social and cultural influences on behaviour; methods of social research, community analysis, power and politics, health and medical sociology, and rural sociology; and counselling and community work.


Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Career prospects in Psychology are excellent, particularly in rural areas and regional centres.  Psychologists are employed in a wide range of fields, such as career counselling, clinical neuropsychology, clinical, child counselling, educational, forensic, health, organisational and sports psychology, as well as in teaching and research.  The majority of psychologists work in the private sector, although significant numbers are also employed by government departments and agencies.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - ROK; External(All students must attend residential schools in Rockhampton.)
International - ROK; External(All students must attend residential schools in Rockhampton.)
Courses/Units of Credit 32 courses or 192 units of credit
Faculty Arts, Health and Sciences
How to Apply QTAC
Entry Requirements
Professional Accreditation APS Accreditation has been granted for recognition of the BPsych as a  four year undergraduate degree in Psychology
Residential School 4 days for PSYC13015 Advanced Methods in Psychology; plus 4 days for PSYC14023 Advanced Studies in Psychology (fourth year); and 3 days for PSYC14025 Professional Practice in Psychology.
Practicum/Work placement not applicable
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal BPsych 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes 033989K - QLD

Program Aims

The primary purpose of this program is to prepare graduates for conditional registration as psychologists in Queensland and for coursework and research higher degree studies in Psychology. However, the degree serves also as a first degree for students wishing to seek employment in a variety of people-oriented vocations.

By the completion of Level 3 of study, students will have broad knowledge of the discipline of Psychology and its applications, including plan theoretical perspectives within the discipline. In addition, they will have a demonstrated knowledge of the range of core research areas that make up the scientific discipline of Psychology and of the research methodologies and statistical techniques commonly used by researchers for information gathering and analysis. Students will be able to apply this knowledge when undertaking research activities in the core areas of scientific study. In the fourth level students will undertake advanced research training, and will be introduced to applied and professional uses of psychology. As a part of their studies in Levels 3 and 4, students will acquire knowledge of research and professional ethics in psychology, and an appreciation of the social and cultural contexts of psychological research and professional practice.

Career options

Psychologist - in a range of areas including academic, clinical neuropsychology - clinical, community, counselling, educational & development, forensic, organisational, research, sports

Program Structure

To satisfy the requirements of the award, students must complete 32 courses or 192 units of credit in accordance with the following:

  • a minimum of 132 units of credit (22 courses) in Psychology, including;
  1. 12 units of credit (two courses) at first level
  2. a minimum of 30 units of credit (five courses) at second level including PSYC12047 and PSYC12048
  3. a minimum of 36 units of credit (six courses) at third level including PSYC13015
  4. 48 units of credit at fourth level.
  • two courses (12 units of credit) in Sociology;
  • a minimum of six courses (36 units of credit) in a discipline other than Psychology, of which four courses (24 units of credit) must be in advanced courses. Students who choose Sociology as their other discipline shall count the units of credit obtained under (b) toward this requirement;
  • two courses (12 units of credit) elective. For students with an interest in Sport Psychology, the following two courses can be used as electives or Psychology courses HMSC12017 Sport and Exercise Psychology and HMSC13024 Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology.
  • except with the approval of the Head of School, all students must satisfy all course prerequisites shown in the Table of Course Availability.

Failure to satisfy these requirements will result in non-eligibility to graduate.

Courses Offered

Compulsory Psychology courses
Level 1
Course Code Course Name
PSYC11008 Biological Foundations of Psychology
PSYC11009 Social Foundation of Psychology
Level 2
Course Code Course Name
PSYC12010 Introduction to Human Development
PSYC12047 Res Methods in Psychology A
PSYC12048 Res. Methods In Psychology B
PSYC12012 Physiological Psychology
PSYC12013 Personality
PSYC12014 Social Psychology
Level 3
Course Code Course Name
PSYC13015 Advanced Methods in Psychology
PSYC13016 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC13017 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC13018 Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC13019 Developmental Psychology
PSYC13020 Individual Differences and Assessment
PSYC13021 Special Topic in Psychology
PSYC13022 Learning
Level 4
Course Code Course Name
PSYC14023 Advanced Studies in Psychology
PSYC14045 Research Project A
PSYC14046 Research Project B
PSYC14025 Professional Practice of Psychology

*Students who withdraw from PSYC14045 will be withdrawn from PSYC14046**Students who withdraw from PSYC14046 will be withdrawn from PSYC14045 without academic penalty.

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