Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: BP112
2013 Clearly-in ATAR:
- Campus: City campus
Psychology is a science that provides powerful tools and methods for exploring human experience and behaviour.
Psychologists work in a multitude of areas varying from supporting individuals, to designing and implementing policies and campaigns that affect the lives of thousands.
This program has been designed for people looking for a social science degree with a psychology specialisation. It is ideal for those who plan to work in areas that call for a grasp of the insights, traditions and practices of psychology and the social sciences, such as:
- human services organisations
- community-based agencies
- human resource management
- multicultural agencies
- educational settings.
This program also incorporates an extended industry-based field placement offering hands-on, practical experience with a professional organisation of your choice.
You may undertake further study to qualify as a clinical psychologist, or alternatively to apply your training in psychology and sociology to fields as diverse as education and training, health and welfare, and human resource management.
This program is also available as a double degree: Bachelor of Social Work/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
3 years full-time
This program is based in the social sciences with a comprehensive psychology specialisation, comprising 11 psychology courses, 9 social science courses and 3 electives.
Learning and teaching
Along with being recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), this program provides opportunities to gain important vocational skills such as communication, policy development, research and management, which are all transferable across many areas of employment.
This program uses a variety of teaching and learning approaches including:
- interactive coursework
- online components
- case studies
- reflective techniques
- individual and group presentation
- group-based learning
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Assessment will include:
- written exercises
- class exercises
- oral presentations
- workshop and seminar facilitation
- online activities.
This degree is based in the social sciences with a comprehensive psychology specialisation, comprising 11 psychology courses, 9 social science courses and 4 electives.
You'll study the foundations and principles of psychology, plus social science units that explore:
- environmental studies
- social constructionism
The emphasis shifts from social science to psychology. Here you will explore biological, developmental, cognitive and social psychology as well as a smaller number of social science courses. You'll also begin using electives to develop areas of specialisation.
You’ll cover advanced psychology courses on:
- psychological assessment
- the philosophy of psychology
- program management
- program evaluation.
Students will also undertake a 35-day professional work placement.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
Field education is a major feature of the program, where students learn in the workplace under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. A professional work placement allows students to work in human services organisations under the supervision of a qualified psychologist.
As well as gaining practical experience, field education allows you to develop networks and career opportunities and, for many, establish employment outcomes in your chosen area of interest.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
You'll enjoy excellent employment prospects in the public, private and community sectors.
The skills learned in this program are especially relevant to areas such as child protection, human resource management, education, welfare and the health sector and in community-based agencies.
Graduates find work in areas including:
- federal and state government departments (Centrelink, Department of Human Services)
- disability services
- rehabilitation services
- community development programs
- dispute mediation
- employment placement and case management
- equal employment opportunity program development
- immigration advice and referral centres.
This program also provides an academic foundation to pursue further specialised study in clinical, educational, organisational, developmental or forensic psychology.
Students seeking to qualify as a practising psychologist must apply either for entry to Honours, or an equivalent graduate year of study in psychology.
Students who continue study and successfully complete a fourth year (Honours or equivalent) qualify for registration as a probationary psychologist. Another 2 years of study, generally taken as a Master of Psychology, qualifies you as a psychologist.
- Social psychologist
- social researcher
- social policy officer
- organisational behaviour specialist
- human resources manager
- welfare service officer.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The program is accredited by the professional accreditation body for tertiary psychology courses, the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Successful completion of an APAC-accredited psychology specialisation is a partial requirement for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
RMIT University has exchange partners all over the world including Mexico, China, Chile and more and students are encouraged to take one semester of this program at a partner university. By combining international exchange, professional internship and international research projects, you may be away for an entire year. Financial support is available through UMAP scholarships, RMIT travel grants and government loans.
RMIT’s Education Abroad Unit (EAU) supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
Program entry requirements
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.
Current Year 12 prerequisite units 3 and 4—a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.
Form: Non-year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online if they wish other information to be considered. Applicants should include their reasons for wanting to study the course and details of any relevant work or other experience.
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.
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