Students should ensure they review the Course Structure information provided on the Course Details page for their Bachelor’s Degree. It is essential that students complete any Foundation units identified in that information at the earliest available opportunity in their studies. For those degrees which do not identify any Foundation Units, the necessary fundamental knowledge is incorporated within each degree specific major in your course. Where Foundation units are identified, they are essential and are chosen to provide fundamental knowledge which will assist you throughout the remainder of your studies. In some cases these foundation units are also essential prerequisites to enable you to undertake required units within your chosen majors, so these units should always be completed as early as possible in your course.

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Course overview

A nationally accredited (APAC) psychology sequence is available to students who have already completed a bachelor's degree in any discipline. The Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Graduate Entry) will help you enhance your understanding of human behaviour and to pursue further accredited studies in psychology (e.g., Honours). The Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Graduate Entry) is also suitable for students who have completed their studies in psychology more than 7 years ago and wish to pursue further accredited studies in psychology (e.g., Honours). In the Bachelor of Psychological Studies degree, you will complete the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences major. The major will help you develop a scientific understanding of human thoughts and behaviours, the psychological processes underlying these and the relationship of these processes to brain function. You will find an emphasis on the measurement of psychological abilities, how these develop through the lifespan and the processes that govern the relationships between people and groups in a multicultural society. You will also develop an understanding of how psychological processes are affected by ageing, brain damage and disease. During the major, students will be exposed to sensitive topics (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). You will also be required to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations), and so it is important to carefully consider whether you can cope with the demands of a psychology major and whether there is anything that would impact upon your ability to complete the requirements of the major.

Please note: With respect to Structure (96 points comprising 16 six-point units), students would typically receive advanced standing for 1 or more six-point units.

Award abbreviation
Course type
Bachelor's course
Current / 2024
Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Administered by
Psychological Science

Course details

Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
96 points comprising 16 six-point units. Students normally take eight units each year, four in each semester.
Available to international students
Attendance type
Full- or part-time
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Majors available

MJD-PSYCH Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

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1. These rules are the Bachelor of Psychological Studies Course Rules.

Terms Used

2. The Glossary provides an explanation of the terms used in these rules.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

3.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials, Communication and Research Skills And Indigenous Studies Essentials module

4.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in an undergraduate degree course of the University for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module), Communication and Research Skills (the CARS module) and Indigenous Studies Essentials (the ISE module) in the teaching period in which they are first enrolled.

(2) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

(3) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module or the ISE module is not required to repeat the relevant module.

Admission requirements

5 To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science or other relevant degree from UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

6. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Course structure

7 The Undergraduate Bachelor's degree consists of:

(a) 96 credit points (normally 16 units), which will include:

(i) a degree-specific major chosen from the list below:

MJD-PSYCH Psychological and Behavioural Sciences


(ii) no more than 48 credit points (normally 8 units) of Level 1 units; and

(iii) at least 48 credit points (normally 8 units) of Level 2 or Level 3 units, including at least 18 credit points (normaly 3 units) of Level 3 units.

Satisfactory progress

8.(1) To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the the CARS module or the ISE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress.

(3) A student who fails a unit twice is not permitted to enrol again in that unit unless the relevant board approves otherwise.

Progress status

9.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances —

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8(1) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded';

(d) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8(2) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8(1).


10. Applicants are not permitted to defer admission to this course and are expected to commence their course in the offered intake only. Approved leave is not available during the first academic year of this course. Applicants seeking admission to an alternative intake must submit a new application for that intake.

Additional rules
Credit Transfer

11. Students may be granted up to 48 points of credit, normally eight units.