Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Courses

A range of undergraduate and post-graduate studies are available and these may be studied on campus in full-time mode or part-time mode or they may be studied in Distance Education mode.

Psychology Courses at CSU

There are two undergraduate courses at CSU which can provide a basis for a career in psychology and related areas - the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and the Bachelor of Psychology. Both courses are offered on our Bathurst, Wagga Wagga and Port Macquarie campuses, or by distance education.

The Bachelor of Psychology is a four-year course and successful completion of this course will satisfy the academic requirements for provisional registration as a psychologist (two years of supervised experience would still be required). The number of places in this course are limited and the ATAR (or equivalent) required for entry is high. Students who meet certain eligibility criteria may apply to transfer to the Honours stream.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is a three-year course and provides the foundation for fourth-year psychology courses. Students in the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) who meet certain eligibility criteria will be eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours)

Students in both of these undergraduate courses take a minimum of 13 psychology subjects but may take up to 18 subjects in psychology. They also take two compulsory subjects from sociology and do a minor study of six subjects. This minor is often of an applied nature, e.g. Welfare, Human Resources Management and may be chosen from a range of discipline areas.

People who already have a degree but who wish to obtain the equivalent of a three-year undergraduate psychology qualification can enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology. This is a two-year part-time course in which students study second and third year psychology subjects.

Students who do well in either the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) or Graduate Diploma of Psychology courses can apply to do an accredited fourth-year Honours or Postgraduate program which will satisfy the academic requirements for provisional registration (two years of supervised experience would still be required).

There are two such courses at CSU - the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) and the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology. These courses can be completed at either a full-time or part-time rate. All subjects in these fourth year courses require attendance at at least one compulsory residential school per session: most subjects have only a single residential school, generally of 3 or 4 days duration.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Hons) is offered by distance education from Bathurst campus. The core subjects in this course will be offered at both Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses, but most elective subjects will be offered at either Bathurst or Wagga Wagga campus, not both campuses. The electives that a student chooses may determine which campus they will attend residential schools at, although this may be subject to variation depending upon enrolment numbers and available teaching spaces each year.

The Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology has a slightly more applied focus than the Honours courses. It is offered by distance education at Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses. The core subjects will be offered at both campuses, but most elective subjects will be offered at either Bathurst or Wagga Wagga campus, not both campuses. The elective that a student chooses may determine which campus they will attend residential schools at, although this may be subject to variation depending upon enrolment numbers and available teaching spaces each year. Students enrolled part-time in the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology may apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Hons) after their first part-time year of study subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria.


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