• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Specialisation code PSYC-SPEC

Corequisite major: Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of how people behave, think and feel. It is a broad ranging discipline that spans topics including perceiving and thinking, the biological basis of behaviour, research methodology, child development, social psychology and personality. Students taking the Psychology specialisation with the Psychology major, will gain an understanding of how to apply the scientific perspective to psychological phenomena in the laboratory and in the real world, and be eligible for entry into Psychology Honours.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Consolidate the understanding, application, integration and generation of psychological knowledge in educational and professional contexts.

  2. Develop and engage in a broader range of skills and methods to identify, analyse, critique and respond to complex problems involving psychological processes.

  3. Systematically identify a wider range of relevant psychological theories and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.

  4. Further apply appropriate psychological research methods, including statistical techniques, to evaluate data.

  5. Communicate a broader range of psychological concepts and results clearly and effectively in written and/or oral formats to diverse audiences.

  6. Further demonstrate the ability to work and learn in independent and/or collaborative ways with others to encompass diverse abilities and perspectives on psychological issues.

  7. Utilise a broader body of psychological knowledge and skills for exercising personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

Other Information

A specialisation in Psychology must be taken in conjunction with a Psychology major.

Honours entry requires both the Psychology major and the specialisation. See advice below for specific details as this will vary on the year of commencement in the relevant program.

Information for Honours in Psychology:

Students should note that in order to be eligible for admission to Honours, they must be in an APAC accredited program. At ANU, APAC accredited programs are:

  •    Bachelor of Science
  •    Bachelor of Arts
  •    Bachelor of Philosophy - Science
  •    Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
  •    Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Change to accredited psychology pathway from 2023 - advice for students

From 2023, key changes have been made to the specific set of courses that satisfy the APAC accreditation requirements.

Students transfering into the program from 2023 are encouraged to seek academic advice, if PSYC2002 has already been completed.

Students in a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) who wish to apply for Honours in Psychology are encouraged to seek academic advice from the College of Science Student Services Office before completion of 72-96 units of study (science.enquiries@anu.edu.au).

Fee information:

Students in a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in Science program can apply for Honours in Psychology in these programs, but should note that due to changes in Australian government funding from 2021 as a result of the Job Ready Graduates Package, fees for Behavioural Science courses will be invoiced at different rates. For more information on the 2021 fee changes to Student Contributions Amounts, please visit https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/student-contributions; and for more information on the Job Ready Graduates Package please visit  https://www.studyassist.gov.au/

Students should seek further course advice from one of the academic conveners of the Psychology specialisation.

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This specialisation may only be taken in conjunction with the Psychology major.

This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, of which:

12 units must come from the completion of 2000- level PSYC courses from the following list:

PSYC2001 Social Psychology (6 units)

PSYC2007 Biological Basis of Behaviour (6 units)

PSYC2008 Cognition (6 units)

PSYC2012 Culture and Psychology (6 units)

12 units must come from the completion of 3000- level PSYC courses from the following list:

PSYC3002 The Social Psychology of Group Processes and Social Change (6 units)

PSYC3015 Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience (6 units)

PSYC3016 Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (6 units)

PSYC3018 Advanced Research Methods (6 units)

PSYC3020 Health Psychology (6 units)

PSYC3023 Special Topics in Psychology (6 units)

PSYC3025 Psychopathology Across the Lifespan (6 units)

PSYC3026 Personality Psychology (6 units)

PSYC3028 Industrial and Organisational Psychology (6 units)

PSYC3030 Psychology Undergraduate Research Experience (6 units)

PSYC3202 Developmental Psychology (6 units)

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