Psychology

Learn about every stage of human behaviour, from behavioural neuroscience to cognitive processes, and the practical aspects of developmental, social and clinical psychology.

Admit it. Deep down, we all want to know what everyone else is thinking. Understanding human behaviour is hard, because how we behave is complex and keeps changing as our environment and technology changes.

Learn about every stage of human behaviour, from behavioural neuroscience to cognitive processes, and the practical aspects of developmental, social and clinical psychology.

With further study in one of our accredited masters degrees you can gain registration as a professional psychologist.

This major is available in the Bachelor of Biomedicine and the Bachelor of Science.

  • Career Options

    After completing this major you might pursue in-depth training in psychology (an honours year followed by a professional or research graduate degree) and follow career paths in clinical psychology, community health, counselling, educational and developmental psychology, forensic psychology, government, human behaviour, neuropsychology, organisational psychology, sports psychology, teaching, marketing, human resources, journalism, market research and policy development. Employment for psychologists is expected to grow very strongly to 2019 and earnings are above average.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Psychology major are very well placed for further study in honours, graduate professional entry degrees or, upon completion of appropriate research training preparation following the Bachelor of Biomedicine, research higher degrees.

    Honours
    Depending on the major undertaken, students may apply for an Honours program upon completion of the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

    Graduate Professional Entry Degrees
    For students who wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, the degree provides a pathway into a range of graduate professional entry programs, some of which also provide research training.

    Research Higher Degrees
    For students who wish to explore biomedicine research questions in greater depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to Research Higher Degrees at masters and doctoral level. Research training preparation within the Honours year, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree will be required as preparation for a research higher degree.

    MDHS Graduate Pathways advice is available at the Health Hub.

Sample Course Plan

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Psychology (APAC-accredited sequence)

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
MAST10011
Experimental Design & Data Analysis
CHEM10006
Chemistry for Biomedicine
PSYC10003
Mind, Brain and Behaviour
1
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
MAST10016
Mathematics for Biomedicine
PHYC10007
Physics for Biomedicine
PSYC10004
Mind, Brain and Behaviour
2
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
PSYC20006
Biological Psychology
PSYC20008*
Developmental
Psychology
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
PSYC20007
Cognitive Psychology
PSYC20009*
Personality and Social
Psychology
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
PSYC30013
Research Methods for 
Human Inquiry
PSYC30014
The Psychopathology of 
Everyday Life
MULT30014
Leading Change in a Complex World
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
PSYC30021
Psychological Science:
Theory & Practice
PSYC30020
The Integrated Brain
MGMT30018
Business Communication

***Subject to Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) approval, the 125 credit point major sequence will be available as an APAC accredited major sequence.

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Psychology (non-APAC-accredited sequence)

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
MAST10011
Experimental Design & Data Analysis
CHEM10006
Chemistry for Biomedicine
UNIB10006
Critical Thinking with Data
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
MAST10016
Mathematics for Biomedicine
PHYC10007
Physics for Biomedicine
MULT10013
Sustainability in
Developing Communities
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
PSYC20006
Biological Psychology
EDUC20073
Relating Health and
Learning
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
PSYC20007
Cognitive Psychology
UNIB20013
Body, Mind and Medicine:
A Dissection
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
PSYC30013
Research Methods for 
Human Inquiry
PSYC30014
The Psychopathology of 
Everyday Life
MULT30014
Leading Change in a
Complex World
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
PSYC30021
Psychological Science:
Theory & Practice
PSYC30020
The Integrated Brain
EDUC30071
Knowledge & Learning in
Professions

**Completion of this major is not accredited by APAC and will not be enough for a move towards registration as a practicing psychologist.

*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current subject offerings available in the University Handbook.
*The breadth subjects featured in this plan are examples only. You must complete at least four breadth subjects in this degree.

Key/Legend

  Course  Core Subjects   Major Core Subjects *Core level 2 psychology subjects to be taken as breadth   Other science areas of study to complement the major
  Subjects leading to major   Major Elective Subjects   Breadth Subjects