Retraining as a Psychologist?

Are you a graduate from another discipline wishing to retrain as a psychologist at UNSW?

You have two options available:

  1. You could enrol initially as a non-award student to complete Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Psychology courses only.

Regardless of the degree within which a major in Psychology is taken, all major sequences in Psychology contain the same minimum core of 78 UoC (3 courses at Level 1, 5 at Level 2 and 5 at Level 3 (2 compulsory and 3 elective)); this sequence is accredited by Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and allows entry into Honours for all students achieving the minimum entry criteria.

An example of Level 1, 2 and 3 Psychology courses are as follows:

Level 1

  • PSYC1001 Psychology 1A (6 UOC)
  • PSYC1011 Psychology 1B (6 UOC)
  • PSYC1111 Measuring Mind and Behaviour (6 UOC)

Level 2

  • PSYC2001 Research Methods 2 (6 UOC)
  • PSYC2061 Social and Developmental Psychology (6 UOC)
  • PSYC2071 Perception and Cognition (6 UOC)
  • PSYC2081 Learning and Physiological Psychology (6 UOC)
  • PSYC2101 Assessment, Personality and Psychopathology (6 UOC)

Level 3

  • PSYC3001 Research Methods 3 (6 UOC)
  • PSYC3011 Psychological Applications (6 UOC)
  • 18 UOC of Level III Psychology courses from the elective streams A and B below (at least one course from each of the two elective streams must be completed)

Electives Stream A:

  • PSYC3051 Physiological Psychology (6 UOC)
  • PSYC3211 Cognitive Science (6 UOC)
  • PSYC3221 Vision and Brain (6 UOC)
  • PSYC3241 Psychobiology of Memory and Motivation (6 UOC)
  • PSYC3311 Language and Cognition (6 UOC)
  • PSYC3371 Multivariate Data Analysis (6 UOC)

Elective Stream B:

  • PSYC3121 Social Psychology (6 UOC)
  • PSYC3141 Behaviour in Organisations (6 UOC)
  • PSYC3301 Psychology and Law (6 UOC)
  • PSYC3331 Health Psychology (6 UOC)
  • PSYC3341 Developmental Psychology (6 UOC)
  • PSYC3361 Research Internship (6 UOC)

You would then proceed to the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) program on achieving an average of at least 75% across all Psychology courses attempted.


  1. You could enrol in a degree program where it is possible to complete a four-year sequence of study in Psychology. This might include one of the following degrees:
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science and Business
  • Bachelor of Life Science
  • Bachelor of Science (International)

Based on courses completed in your previous degree(s), you may be given a certain amount of credit/exemption. Depending on exemptions granted, you may still have to complete some non-psychology courses as well as psychology courses.

The School does not offer any bridging programs, such as a Graduate Diploma, as offered by some other universities.

Once you have completed an Honours year, you can then proceed to apply to a two year Master by Coursework degree specialising in Clinical or Forensic Psychology or a Combined PhD/Master of Psychology.

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