Course Description

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, and how they influence behaviour. Psychological research seeks to identify those mechanisms that explain behaviour in various contexts. Psychologists use research findings to help us understand who we are and how we think, feel, act and change. By understanding these aspects of human behaviour, psychologists are able to promote wellbeing and understand psychological problems affecting people. Psychologists' clients include children, adults, couples, families and organisations.

This degree

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is a three-year undergraduate degree. You can make a choice to deepen your studies in psychology with the objective of becoming a registered psychologist or you can take complementary studies from UOW's wide variety of disciplines to develop other career pathways where knowledge of psychology is advantageous.

Students with an excellent academic record and an extended major in psychology can apply for entry to the additional one-year Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) degree, a prerequisite to professional registration.

If you combine your studies with a second major, or minor options from Social Science, Arts, Commerce or Science, you can prepare for a wide variety of careers involving human resources, marketing, social research, work health and safety and many more.

What you will study

During this degree you will study the foundations of psychology and learn about research methods and statistics. You will also undertake study in the following areas:

  • personality
  • biological psychology and learning
  • cognitions and perception
  • development and social psychology, and
  • psychology of abnormality

Pathway to Teaching

You may also take a minor in Education Studies and complete the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Pathway to Primary Education) (UAC: 753225).

Tuition Fees

International Students: $31,776 per year full-time


3 years full time, 6 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Psychology undergraduate courses at University of Wollongong (UOW) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 67.0% (national average 63.6%)
Improved skills: 87.5% (national average 84.4%)
Overall satisfaction: 81.3% (national average 81.0%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of Wollongong (UOW). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Psychology undergraduate courses at University of Wollongong (UOW) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 58.0% (national average 58.9%)
Studying full time: 46.7% (national average 37.3%)
Median full time salary: $47,000 (national average $55,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 086228B
University of Wollongong (UOW) Code: 364

Entry Requirements

Lowest ATAR to receive an offer: 67
Median ATAR to receive an offer: 78
Highest ATAR to receive an offer: 98
Guaranteed entry ATAR: 75