Bachelor of Psychological Science / Bachelor of Laws

Australian Catholic University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 089312D

Level of study: Undergraduate

Summary

The Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Laws combines the study of human behaviour with the study of the law. This double degree is designed to produce well-rounded graduates ready for legal practice and a range of professional careers in an increasingly global environment.

The program combines the study of human behaviour with the study of law. The Psychological Science component enhances the student’s specialist knowledge by providing a comprehensive understanding of psychology, including behavioural and mental processes. It offers an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sequence in psychology.

Professional experience

You will complete 80 hours pro bono experience (after your first year).

Volunteer experience

The pro bono program provides practical, work place based experience in a community context.

Professional recognition

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law in Victoria and New South Wales, and is recognised for admission as a legal practitioner in other States and Territories in Australia.

This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist. Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

Careers

Completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Laws is excellent preparation for pursuing a career in areas such as:

  • academic
  • criminology researcher
  • health department researcher
  • human resources consultant
  • in-house legal counsel for NGOs, community or health service organisations
  • legal practitioner (barrister or solicitor)
  • policy writer
  • psychologist (after further studies)
  • training consultant
  • private legal practice as a solicitor or barrister
  • legal officer in the public sector (for example in federal or state government departments and publicly funded organisations as diverse as national regulatory bodies, universities or public broadcasters)
  • in-house counsel to a wide range of organisations from corporations to trade unions
  • public interest legal work in community legal centres
  • legal research.

within a variety of organisations such as:

  • Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Centrelink
  • Department of Community Service
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Human Services
  • rehabilitation centres.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
31,216 Per Year
Read moreEstimate total cost: 1,56,080; Unit fee: 3,902
Feb 2023 5 years
Full time
Melbourne Campus
115 Victoria Parade
Melbourne Victoria 3065
Australia

Entry criteria

Applicants whose first language is not English must have either:

Successfully completed at least two full–time years of study in secondary or higher education where the medium of study was English; or
Demonstrated their English proficiency, as set out below:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Overall Score 7.0, Individual Score of 6.5 in all tests.
Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic (TOEFL): from an Internet–based total of 94, achieve a minimum of 24 in writing, 20 in speaking and listening, 19 in reading.

Overall CAE score: 185 Minimum score of 176 in all tests.

Address

Australian Catholic University
North Sydney Campus
40 Edward Street
Sydney New South Wales 2060
Australia
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