How to Structure Your Degree

Students of Bachelor of Psychological Science complete 24 courses taken over three years if studying full-time. This includes the following components:

  • Core Psychology courses 
  • An optional complementary major 
  • General Education 
  • Free Electives. 

The degree also offers a pathway to fourth-year honours, if pursuing a career as a professional psychologist is your ultimate career goal. Learn more about your honours year

Choosing Your Courses 

  • There are lots of compulsory courses in the Psychological Science program, so you should follow the degree structure outlined in the UNSW Handbook closely.  
  • Browse for elective courses and General Education by Area of Interest or Subject Area. 
  • Use the Degree Templates to help you map out your degree. 

TIP: When using the Handbook or the Undergraduate Degree Templates, always select the year you commenced studying Science at UNSW. Follow these rules throughout your degree.  


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

Complementary Majors 

Complementary majors in the Bachelor of Psychological Science are optional, and we recommend you declare in your first year if possible. The Undergraduate Degree Templates will help you plan your complementary major alongside your core courses. 

Following Your Degree Requirements

All rules are outlined in the Handbook, and we encourage you to use this in conjunction with the Undergraduate Degree Templates to ensure you are selecting courses that count towards your degree.

If you’re approaching the end of your studies, you can request a progression check, and our staff will provide an outline of your remaining degree requirements.