Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: BP154
2013 Clearly-in ATAR:
- Campus: City or Bundoora campus
Psychology explores the science of the mind and human nature. You'll examine mental states and processes and how they affect human behaviour. You'll also gain strong theoretical and practical skills.
To register as a psychologist, you'll need to complete the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) degree, the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours) and the Master of Psychology (2 years full-time), or equivalent programs recognised by the Australian Psychological Society.
3 years full-time
Learning and teaching
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
The psychology component of the degree is 25% of first year, 62.5% of second year and 62.5% of third year.
The remaining courses include occupational health and safety, nutrition and applied psychology, disability studies, health statistics, computer science and geography.
You'll study these foundation areas:
- biological bases of behaviour including brain behaviour relationships, sensation, perception and consciousness
- theories of learning, memory and cognition (including theories of intelligence)
- theories of emotion, motivation and stress.
And these principles of psychology:
- social psychology.
You'll study biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, research methods in psychology and social psychology.
The third year includes philosophy and methodology of psychology, psychological assessment and individual differences, psychology in society and organisations, psychopathology and models of intervention and a research project.
The electives are cross-cultural and organisational psychology, forensic psychology, psychology of gender or health and sport psychology.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
The Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) involves a research project where you work one-on-one with staff on staff-initiated research projects.
You will also have the option of completing a 15-day industry placement.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
You could work in organisational management, health, sport, cross-cultural studies, counselling, HR, with people with disabilities, research, training, market research and, with further study, teaching.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The psychology major in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) is a partial requirement for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
It is also a partial requirement for registration as a psychologist with the Victorian Psychologists' Registration Board, subject to further study or clinical practice.
This program has been accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council until 2017.
RMIT has been accredited to deliver psychology programs for the previous 3 decades.
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
Program entry requirements
Current Year 12 prerequisite units 1 and 2-mathematics (any). Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English and a study score of at least 20 in any one of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Psychology or Physics.
Form: Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC personal statement online.
All students undertaking placements are required to have a clear, current Police Check and a Working with Children check at the beginning of each academic year.
How to apply
- Check the application dates to see when to apply.
- Ensure you meet all of the entry requirements (see above section).
- Choose your application method and apply.
- If applicable, complete the selection tasks for your program (see above section).
- For the best chance of success, submit your application by the deadline for timely applications.
If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.
Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.
In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.
As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:
- pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
- defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.
RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
- Current Year 12 and Non-Year 12 - successful completion of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) or the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), followed by the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours) or the Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
- Degree graduate in another discipline - successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Behavioural Science, followed by the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) Honours or the Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
- Degree graduate with APS-accredited major - successful completion of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) Honours or the Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
An Honours year in Psychology is available.
Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.