Psychological Science

The Bachelor of Psychological Science allows you to combine your interest in psychology with other interest areas across the University and complete an accredited psychology degree in three years.

The degree also offers a pathway to fourth year Honours, if pursuing a career as a professional psychologist is what you are after.


Degree Structure

The Bachelor of Psychological Science consists of 24 courses, taken over 3 years, and is made up of compulsory Psychology courses, elective courses, and the option to complete a Complementary Major in a related discipline.

Each semester, full-time students must enrol into 4 x 6 UoC courses (a total of 24 UoC per semester; 48 UoC per year). The compulsory First Year courses for this degree are:

Semester 1:

Semester 2:



When choosing electives for the Bachelor of Psychological Science, students may consider taking an optional complementary major.

Alternatively, you may refer to the following document which provides some advice for Psychology students choosing electives in their first year:



Complementary Majors

Complementary majors in the Bachelor of Psychological Science are optional.

The list of complementary majors available is provided on the 3435 Bachelor of Psychological Science program page on the Online Handbook.

After you have chosen which courses you want to take, check the timetable website to see when they're offered before enrolling via myUNSW.



 A program at UNSW is your degree and will have a four-digit program code (e.g. 3970 Bachelor of Science). 


 A major is a defined sequence of study within a program (e.g. Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry). In some programs, it's possible to do more than one major. 


 All programs and majors at UNSW are made up of courses. Courses are like subjects at school. Each course has an 8-digit course code (e.g. CHEM1011) and usually involve lectures, tutorials and labs. In Science there are 5 types of courses: 


   Core Courses are compulsory courses that must be taken for a program or major. 
   Science Electives are courses that start with the codes listed on Table 1. 
   Free Electives are courses that may be taken from anywhere across the university; either from Science or another Faculty. 
   Recommended Electives are not compulsory but are considered good complimentary courses for a program or major. 
   General Education Courses are courses that must be taken from outside the Faculty of Science (i.e. no courses listed on Table 1 can count as General Education). 


 Science Schools   
 Within each Faculty at UNSW are a number of schools who teach the courses in their area of expertise. In Science, there are 9 schools: 
  • Aviation
  • Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences (BEES)
  • Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences (BABS)
  • Chemistry
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Optometry & Vision Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
 The School of Medical Science (which is part of the Faculty of Medicine) also teaches many courses in Science. 


 Units of Credit (UoC)   
 Courses, majors and programs at UNSW are measured in Units of Credit (UoC). Most courses in Science are worth 6 UoC each, and a full-time load is 24 UoC per semester (i.e. 4 x courses). 


 A prerequisite is a course that must be taken before you can enrol in another course. A co-requisite is a course that must be taken at the same time as another course. 


 Assumed Knolwedge   
 Assumed Knowledge is the level of understanding you are expected to have before taking a course. Nobody will check that you have the correct level of assumed knowledge, but you will be at a disadvantage if you don't. 
 Bridging Courses are available to if you don’t have sufficient assumed knowledge for the course you want to take.