What does flexible study mean for me?
Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to study how it suits you. Decide when and where it fits in with your life and tailor your study journey to your own needs. Get a world-class degree without giving up what’s important.
Personalised study journey
Set a study pace that work with what’s going on in your life. If you’re unsure about how much you can commit to, we can offer part-time options and the option of increasing your unit load as your progress. Interested in fast-tracking your studies? You also have the opportunity to complete up to 12 units per year.
Fit study around your life
You don’t have to put your life on hold to study. Prioritise what matters to you and fit study around family, work and personal commitments through a course that is flexibly designed for online learners.
Start when it suits. Swinburne Online offers multiple intake dates and flexible unit availability, so you can choose when you begin your studies or if you need to take a break.
Flexible study requires flexible support. As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, seven days a week, with Student Advisors available to help with anything from tech support to research advice and dedicated online tutors in each of your units.
Your course structure
The Bachelor of Psychological Sciences consists of 24 units, including five core units, eight Major units and 11 elective units.
Your course will encourage you to put theory into practice with the Psychology Project. This unit gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and practical skills through designing, administering and interpreting psychological measures within the framework of a project.
Why study a degree in psychological sciences with Swinburne Online? Our courses are at the forefront of industry and provide you with the practical skills to success come graduation. View all units in this bachelor’s degree.View All Units
How you'll learn
How you'll learn
Learning designed for online
Your study journey with Swinburne Online is tailored to the digital space. You’ll study in a dynamic virtual classroom environment, interact with your peers in the custom-built social platform, and receive support at the times you need it from advisors who understand studying online.
You’ll complete each of your units in Canvas, your online classroom, and be guided through coursework by an online tutor with real-world experience in your field of study. Canvas is where you’ll access classes, assignments and discussion boards with your peers.
The Student Hub is your online campus, where you’ll access the support and resources to assist you throughout your study journey. From managing your course to technical support and library resources, you’ll find it all in one easy location.
Swinburne Online will be there for you each step of the way. From enrolment through to graduation, we offer extended, flexible support in each of your units and advisors to assist with anything from technical support to referencing and assignment tips.
Discover the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences.
Non-Year 12 entry
Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.
Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit of up to 16 units.
Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.
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The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.
Year 12 entry
Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.
The estimated annual fee for this course is $8301*. This is based on completing eight 12.5 credit point units in one calendar year.
This course offers more Commonwealth Supported Places for educationally disadvantaged students. Find out how to access a place below.
Commonwealth provided loans are available to assist eligible students to pay their course fees and there are a range of university, government and privately funded scholarships and prizes.
Course fees will be affected by a student’s unit selection and any credit awarded in recognition of previous academic experience.
This course is offered to domestic and offshore international students. Depending on your citizenship, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.
Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.
Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. You may be eligible for Swinburne Scholarships.
Commonwealth Supported Places
Swinburne Online currently provides students with increased access to tertiary study by removing barriers to the traditional campus-based education. In 2023, the Federal Government is selected universities with additional Commonwealth Supported Places for educationally disadvantaged students.
Swinburne Online now offers more places for regional and remote students, those from low socio-economic (low SES) backgrounds, students with a disability, First Nations students, and those who are first in family to study at university.
Get in touch with a Course Consultant for more information on how to access a Commonwealth Supported Place in 2023.
Don’t just learn what it takes, do what it takes with Swinburne Online
Our psychological sciences graduates work in a range of rewarding roles and industries. The Bachelor of Psychological Sciences equips you with the experience and knowledge necessary to tackle an evolving digital future so that you can graduate with your foot already in the door. You will:
- Undertake a psychology project unit to master your theoretical and practical skills
- Learn the online communication skills essential for a digital future
- Learn from industry professionals.
Pathway to becoming a clinical psychologist
The Bachelor of Psychological Sciences may also provide you a pathway to becoming a clinical psychologist with further studies.
Help mentally or emotionally impaired patients cope with the challenges of everyday life.
Mental Health Support Worker
Become an essential part of the mental health support network and specialise in assisting people with a variety of complex needs.
Youth and Welfare Services Worker
Provide crucial support to young people who face challenges and may require counselling or help accessing shelter, food or clothing.
Juvenile Justice and Corrections Officer
Care for young offenders in both prison and court contexts and in the community.
Community Services and Development Officer
Provide support for adults in settings such as employment service, disability, and housing.
Assess and evaluate the problems of patients and assist them in overcoming personal issues.
Help athletes and sporting teams deal with the psychological pressures of their sport.
Work as part of a treatment team to provide counselling and therapeutic support to families navigating crisis, who in many cases have experienced significant disadvantage.