Macquarie University
Macquarie University
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Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Bachelor Degree

Course description

Duration
3 years
Study mode
On-campus
Next start date
February
The Bachelor of Arts - Psychology provides a strong foundation for the first three years of the undergraduate degree training program in psychology. The main difference between the accredited Arts and Science psychology degrees is that the Bachelor of Arts - Psychology allows students to choose subjects from across the university, whereas the Bachelor of Science - Psychology requires a proportion of units undertaken to be science subjects. In the first year of these degrees, students will be exposed to a wide range of fundamental psychological concepts. Second and third year provides more specialised units of study that include personality, psychopathology, child psychology and neuropsychology.

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Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

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Course details

Entry requirements
Year 12 (senior secondary certificate)
LocationNew South Wales
Next start dateFebruary
Duration3 years
Study modeOn-campus
Education institutionMacquarie University
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Student reviews of Behavioural Science courses

Student reviews of Macquarie University courses
26
Student review published July 2018
Completion date2016
Study modeOn-campus
I enjoyed it! It was really relevant and I liked some of the electives I took.
Student review published June 2018
Completion date2018
Study modeOn-campus
Get involved in as much as you can!! Once you leave uni you'll never have those opportunities again. Join clubs, go to ubar parties, go to uni games, participate in extracurricular activities, volunteer, GO ON EXCHANGE (remember its ideal to go in first or second year), do work shops, do the leadership program - all of this is going to help you to get a job and will look good on your resume. Meet as many people as you can and don't stick to one friendship group. Try to apply for grad programs in your final year as the interviews take place the year before you actually start working. Don't make the mistake of leaving uni and having done none of this because it will only make life harder trying to find a job!!!
Student review published May 2018
Completion date2016
Study modeBlended
Relevant, industry specific course work. A really good mix of specific theory, and lots of options for different theoretical frame works to look into. Also provided some real world context for study, with relevant placements that I learnt lots from.
Student review published May 2018
Completion date2015
Study modeOn-campus
I thought most of the teachers were fine, with a few being outstanding and some being not great. The student support were not very helpful and often did not know what I needed. There was no support in job search.
Student review published May 2018
Completion date2012
Study modeOn-campus
More integrative than other university courses exploring different therapies nit just CBT
Student review published August 2018
CourseBachelor of Arts (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business Administration
Completion date2011
Study modeOn-campus
The course was good and teaching staff were helpful. You could choose a major. It equipped me with the administration amd management skills.
Student review published August 2018
CourseBachelor of Psychology
Completion date2015
Study modeOn-campus
The course itself was interesting, but did not really have a large enough focus on practical application. Additionally, career paths are so broad from this degree it becomes quite difficult and support services need to be more apparent and allow student's to feel confident in approaching it. Overall, happy I did the degree but not so happy with my results would be the best summary due to my outside commitments and lack of energy to apply myself.
Student review published August 2018
CourseBachelor of Psychology
Completion date2015
Study modeOn-campus
Received great academic support during my degree. I was given a placement opportunity during by 3rd year. Through that placement I obtain a job as a case mananger working with children. I have been at that job for two years now and am underdaking a masters degree in a relavent field.
Student review published July 2018
CourseBachelor of Psychology
Completion date2017
Study modeOn-campus
Thoroughly engaging course. Statistics work can be tedious for some however.
Student review published July 2018
Completion date2017
Study modeOn-campus
The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) course at Macquarie University is overall, an excellent program run by knowledgeable and well-established academics in the field. The course is structured in a way that allows students to systematically grow in their competencies as an undergraduate student, subsequently preparing them to continue into postgraduate studies or future work. The first year of the course allows a smooth transition into psychological studies, whether the student has recently graduated from high school or has decided on a change of career. There is a minimal work load within this first year and also an abundance of elective subjects from which students are allowed to choose from. The core psychology subjects provide a wide overview of the rest of the course, which provides students the opportunity to carefully consider whether the course is right for them. The second and third years of the course builds upon content presented in the first year. These years provide students with a more comprehensive view of the possible avenues to explore upon moving into the workplace or into higher education. Various psychology electives are also available for students who wish to learn more in specialised areas of psychology. The third year also provides an opportunity to attend exchange abroad (to Norway!), where students learn about cross-cultural issues in psychology with students from other cultures. The Honours year is a time-intensive, rigorous process in which students design, conduct, and write an empirical thesis while attending classes that focus on practical areas of psychology. My thesis supervisor was invested in my research and showed genuine interest in my growth as a researcher. Her support was valued greatly and we have maintained a working relationship despite me moving to another university for my postgraduate studies! Students in this year also complete a practical unit where real experience in the workforce is gained. My placement was at Lifeline – a 24/7 phone service for individuals who are in crisis, which proved to be an invaluable experience that surely improved my candidature for my postgraduate studies. Throughout the course, I found that students were able to continue with their other commitments. This positive is particularly important for students who work or have families to support. All subject outlines and expectations were also clearly stated and readily available - another factor that was beneficial in assessing my learning. Although the course was brilliant, there were some issues that I noted. The primary issue was the lack of clearly stated requirements to become a psychologist. Specifically, the job market in psychology is limited and oftentimes, a postgraduate degree is necessary to attain the goal of a psychologist. To be considered for a postgraduate degree, the candidate is required to attain good grades in Honours (Distinction average), in addition to substantial relevant work and volunteer experience. Work in a relevant field is difficult to attain, especially when the student is unaware of such a requirement. Many students would have benefitted from this information if they had been notified in their first year of their undergraduate studies. For reference, I worked as a junior therapist for a child with autism for a year, followed by various volunteer and paid psychology research experience in several organisations, volunteered at headspace, and had my placement at Lifeline where I attained full accreditation as a Crisis Supporter. Issues with the near-unreasonable (but doable) expectations of an undergraduate student is related to a secondary criticism of the course. There are minimal practical opportunities provided for students (only in the fourth year!), although I have heard that this framework is changing to include practical experience in the third year. Of course this issue is not limited to the Macquarie University course but for almost all universities providing the same course, given the time and resources it would require to provide such opportunities. Nonetheless, it is essential to be proactive and speak with lecturers and tutors for any work opportunities. Despite its limitations, I found the course extremely beneficial to prepare me for my postgraduate studies. I have grown exponentially between my first and my last year in the course, and have made lasting connections with the academic staff who will surely support me as I continue on my professional journey. Furthermore, the university life, other students, and even the university campus itself is lovely. I will surely recommend the course to anyone who is considering a career in psychology. My only word of advice would be to gain experience early and start networking – it will prove to be essential moving forward.

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Entry requirements

Year 12 or equivalent. Knowledge of mathematics (HSC Mathematics or international equivalent) is recommended.

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During third year, students will gain relevant work experience in a professional or community setting.

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