Psychology major

Psychology is a fascinating and diverse area of study that touches upon many aspects of daily life, seeking to answer questions about how and why people behave the way they do.

The Psychology double 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 on the processes that govern the relationships between people and groups in society. You will also develop an understanding of how psychological processes are affected by ageing, brain damage and disease.

The Psychology double major is a three-year undergraduate sequence in psychology, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Students hoping to pursue further study at postgraduate level leading to professional accreditation as a psychologist should complete this Psychology double major.

During the major you 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 are able to 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.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of selected psychological processes, their development, and the relations between them; (2) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific method in psychology; (3) demonstrate critical thinking in psychology, including an appreciation of the use of the scientific method to study psychological processes; (4) demonstrate skills in the analysis and presentation of quantitative data; (5) demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills; (6) work effectively as a team member in solving problems; and (7) apply relevant employability skills for psychology.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Psychology can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Psychology is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • eight Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
S2 PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Bridging units
Bridging units must be successfully completed within the first 48 points of study. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Applications ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1720.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50)
or
with permission.
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of 50
or
greater)
or
equivalent
or
higher.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Degree-specific major units
Take units(s) to the value of 12 points from this group:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A PSYC2208 Psychology: Atypical Development
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility:
PSYC2207 Psychology: Normal and Abnormal Development; PSYC3308 Psychology: Atypical Development
N/A PSYC2209 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility:
PSYC3309 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
N/A PSYC2212 Psychology and Social Behaviour
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility:
PSYC3312 Psychology and Social Behaviour
S1 PSYC2213 Psychology: Lifespan Development
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility:
PSYC3313 Psychology: Lifespan Development
S2 PSYC2214 Adult Psychopathology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility:
PSYC3314 Adult Psychopathology
S1 PSYC2215 Cognitive Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility:
PSYC3315 Cognitive Psychology
N/A PSYC2217 Cognitive Neuroscience
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility:
PSYC3317 Cognitive Neuroscience
S2 PSYC2218 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility:
PSYC3318 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 PSYC3301 Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
S2 PSYC3302 Psychological Measurement and its Application
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
S1 PSYC3303 Psychological Science in the Modern World
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods
S2 PSYC3310 Psychology: Specialist Research Topics
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points from this group:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A PSYC3308 Psychology: Atypical Development
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Incompatibility:
PSYC2207 Psychology: Normal and Abnormal Development; PSYC2208 Psychology: Atypical Development
N/A PSYC3309 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Incompatibility:
PSYC2209 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
N/A PSYC3312 Psychology and Social Behaviour
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Incompatibility:
PSYC2212 Psychology and Social Behaviour
S1 PSYC3313 Psychology: Lifespan Development
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Incompatibility:
PSYC2213 Psychology: Lifespan Development
S2 PSYC3314 Adult Psychopathology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Incompatibility:
PSYC2214 Adult Psychopathology
S1 PSYC3315 Cognitive Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods
Incompatibility:
PSYC2215 Cognitive Psychology
N/A PSYC3317 Cognitive Neuroscience
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Incompatibility:
PSYC2217 Cognitive Neuroscience
S2 PSYC3318 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods
Incompatibility:
PSYC2218 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology

Choosing your degree-specific major

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Psychology degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science course.

Example 1:
Course Study Plan: CSP001-PSYDM
Example 2:
Course Study Plan: CSP004-PSYDM

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .