Bachelor of Psychological Science
Understanding perception, memory, learning, motivation, personality, and emotion with a Bachelor of Psychological Science. Students will be equipped with the basic scientific grounding and theoretical understanding required for advanced level studies.
This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as the equivalent of three years’ university training in psychology.
Popular double degrees
Our three-semester academic year can allow you to complete two degrees in the same time it takes to complete one degree at other universities.
- Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
- Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science
- Master of Psychology (Clinical)
- Master of Psychology (Forensic)
Psychology Experience Day
Are you interested in studying Psychology? Gain an insight into the program by attending our Psychology Experience Day!
When: Thursday, 29 June 2017
Where: Bond University, Gold Coast
Register your attendance here.
* This event is complimentary for Year 10, 11 and 12 students and one parent.
About the program
The Bachelor of Psychological Science provides students with a scientific understanding of normal psychological processes such as perception, memory, learning, motivation, psychobiology, personality, emotion, developmental psychology and social relationships, as well as training in abnormal psychology. A basic understanding of these topics is acquired across the two introductory subjects before a greater depth of coverage is undertaken within the advanced second and third level subjects. Students also participate in laboratory work and are introduced to the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics. To underpin the scientific nature of the discipline, students receive training in a range of data analytic techniques and research methods used by psychologists. The program is designed to equip graduates with the basic scientific grounding and theoretical understanding required for advanced level studies.
This degree qualifies students for employment in professional areas such as counselling and various functions associated with human resources. It is also the building block for further studies where you are able to pursue careers in the professional practice of psychology including clinical, organisational or forensic psychology, counselling, clinical neuropsychology, health and community psychology, research, and other specialist areas.
The Bachelor of Psychological Science comprises 24 subjects, as follows:
University core subjects (3)
- CORE11-001 Critical Thinking and Communication (CORE 1)
- CORE11-002 Leadership and Team Dynamics (CORE 2)
- CORE11-003 Ethical Thought and Action (CORE 3)
Compulsory subjects (15)
- Statistics and Data Analysis 1 (PSYC11-105)
- Introduction to Psychology: Biology and Personality (PSYC11-100)
- Introduction to Psychology: Learning & Social (PSYC11-101)
- Statistics and Data Analysis 2 (PSYC12-200)
- Sensation and Perception (PSYC12-210)
- Biological Psychology (PSYC12-214)
- Learning and Behaviour (PSYC12-250)
- Developmental Psychology (PSYC12-315)
- Social Psychology (PSYC12-325)
- Statistics and Data Analysis 3 (PSYC13-345)
- Research Methods in Psychology (PSYC13-305)
- Cognitive Psychology (PSYC13-301)
- Personality and Individual Differences (PSYC13-302)
- Psychopathology (PSYC13-312)
- Motivation and Emotion (PSYC13-316)
Psychology electives (1)
Students must choose one (1) of the following subjects:
- Love, Sex and Relationships (PSYC11-116)
- Psychology at Work (PSYC12-211)
- Introduction to Counselling Psychology (PSYC13-306)
- Drugs and Behaviour (PSYC13-308)
- Introduction to Forensic Psychology (PSYC13-339)
Students must choose five (5) elective subjects of which at least three (3) must come from the Faculty of Society & Design list of undergraduate subjects.
To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.
Most students undertake four (4) subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may however enrol in fewer subjects and extend your degree over a long period.
Year 12 school leaver
Bond University requires the successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent for entry to Bachelor level programs. Bond does not rely solely on the Overall Position (OP) or the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Rather, a range of criteria are also considered such as extracurricular activities and personal attributes, including outstanding leadership qualities and community involvement.
International Secondary School students
For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.
Alternative entry pathways
For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:
- Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
- Bond University Diploma programs
- Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
- Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
- Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
- Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
- Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.
For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
The Undergraduate Studies in Psychology Student Guide is a valuable resource for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science. The Guide contains important advice about the undergraduate programs of study including coursework information, program planners, research participation, staff information, career pathways, student resources, and administrative matters.
Log on to iLearn to access the Undergraduate Student Guide.
Meet Our Academics
To learn more about our Psychology Academics and their research interests, visit the Staff & Research Interests page.
"I am currently studying at Bachelor of Psychological Science at Bond. I decided to study psychology because after being diagnosed with a medical condition, my goal of becoming an elite athlete was unobtainable. After years of researching and exploring my condition, I decided to alter my trajectory towards academia and community engagement. Through this process, I developed a personal attachment to the way the body functions, and became fascinated with the progression of the research enterprise. I had some aspirations to study Medicine, but at the end of year 12, I found myself engrossed in the study of human behaviour. I considered how I could utilise my experience; prevailing through mentally challenging times, and my love for biological science - in order to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives. Thus, It seemed that Psychology was the choice for me.
I chose to study at Bond, first and foremost, because of the location as the university is private yet also very close to many Gold Coast attractions. Whether it be a trip to the Miami Night Marketta, or a Beach day at Burleigh, Bond students are so close to many of the exciting leisure activities that the Gold Coast has to offer. In addition, the atmosphere at Bond Uni combines enjoyment, focus and community into one heightened experience. Bond Uni provides students with a practical knowledge, and equips students to embark on a journey of personal growth, rather than simply engaging in rote learning and exam study. Perhaps it is the small community of caring and driven people that ensures that Bond feels like home, or perhaps it is the first-class facilities available to us, or maybe it is the level of professionalism that staff bring to the classroom. From my perspective, however, what makes Bond University stand out as the sole contender is all of these things, and more.
With such an array of opportunities across various Universities Australia wide, and Globally, choosing a University that I believed would deliver the best course was extremely challenging. However, the psychological science course that Bond University offered me ensured my dilemma was resolved immediately. In a world that is changing so rapidly, it is essential to get ahead and challenge yourself to work with innovation, strategy and continuity. Bond University’s Psychological Science degree is fast tracked, ensuring after only two years you have finished your undergraduate degree. In the long term, Bond Universities courses allow all students to move into the workforce sooner, thus, aligning with the rapid nature of societal change. This, combined with the engaging content, the opportunity to participate in real research and the quality of lecturers and tutors at Bond University, I felt as though there was no other option.
For eleven years Bond University has been awarded more 5-star ratings in the student experience category than any other university in Australia. I understand that many would question why this is so. It is simple really, you only have to step onto the Bond University campus on a day to day basis to recognise the incredible opportunities available for students here at Bond. In my opinion, the atmosphere at Bond University ensures it is more than just a place to study. Bond university has various hardworking student associations that constantly ensure that all students at Bond have the opportunity to socialise and meet new people. With weekly themed functions and events such as dinners, movie nights, and other games and activities, there is never a possibility that you will be bored. In saying this, however, the students at Bond University also have an academic drive to succeed. With everyone working at a fast pace, studying has become a lot more interactive and enjoyable. Revision seminars, group study classes and 24/7 library study facilities have allowed me to prosper as an academic within the University. Bond also places a large focus on connecting students with professionals in industry. As part of my scholarship, I have had the opportunity to gain insights from a CEO of a HR company and a life coach. From my mentor, I have learnt about how I can position myself to increase my employability, but I have also been exposed to the importance of exploration, leisure and work life balance. Above all else, my mentor has provided me with valuable insights into how to prosper, continually learn and grow as a person."