Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Study psychology at ANU

What makes the human brain tick?

Find out with the Bachelor of Science (Psychology), which provides you with a great base in six different areas of psychology: developmental, social, personality, methods, cognition and biological.

This program lead to careers in research, management consulting, human resources, marketing, public policy, child development and welfare, health and human services, education, counselling and clinical practice.

What you will learn

The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) is a three year degree listed with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. It offers concentrated study in psychology for students who want a thorough exploration of the discipline and the opportunity for specialisation in your third year. It includes courses in the major substantive areas of psychology. You will have the option of applying for an honours year towards the end of your third year of study.

What it's like to study psychology

An introvert’s guide to adapting

The thought of moving to a new country, making new friends and settling into a new environment might sound like an introvert’s nightmare, but psychology student Shaza Amran embraced it.

Child's play changing lives

The dolls in Associate Professor Richard O’Kearney’s lab are on a mission to initiate social change. The dolls are an important tool in his research on children with disruptive behaviour.

Meet some of your teachers

Professor Michael Platow

Professor Michael Platow, Psychology first year coordinator

Michael specialises in social and community psychology. He has been recognised for his teaching excellence at ANU with multiple teaching awards, and is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Associate Professor Anne Aimola Davies

Associate Professor Anne Aimola Davies, First year course convener

Anne's research interests are in cognitive and clinical neuropsychology, specifically of visual and somatosensory attention, and belief formation. She draws on the methods of cognitive neuropsychology, clinical neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience.

Professor Katherine Reynolds

Professor Katherine Reynolds, First year course convener

Kate's areas of expertise are social and organisational psychology. Her research addresses group processes (leadership, influence, norms) and intergroup relations (prejudice, discrimination, cohesion, social change). She has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and co-edited book volumes.

Psychology careers

Psychology graduates have skills essential to any workplace: an understanding of human motivation and behaviour, analytical skills and statistics.

The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) is a fantastic launch pad for a range of careers, including research, management consulting, human resources, marketing, public policy, child development and welfare, health and human services, education, counselling and clinical practice.  

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Scholarships: Scholarships

ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

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How to apply

Determine the best way to apply

There are different ways to apply to ANU, the best way for you to apply depends on your circumstances.

Understand the entry requirements

Meet the co-curricular or service requirement

In addition to meeting academic requirements, we have introduced a compulsory co-curricular or service requirement.

Make sure you have met the co-curricular or service requirement and provide the appropriate documentation.

Gather supporting documents

When you apply to ANU, it's important to attach any requested supporting documentation, otherwise your application could be delayed.

Submit your application

Tick your application off your list so it's one less thing you need to think about.There are different ways to apply to ANU, the best way for you to apply depends on your circumstances.

Receiving a conditional offer

If your application is successful you will receive an early conditional offer.  A conditional offer will be converted to a full offer when you meet the academic requirements for your program and any other conditions included in your conditional offer.

Accept your confirmed final offer

Upon meeting the conditions of your conditional offer, you will receive a final offer.  Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

Understand the entry requirements

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

When you apply to ANU, you must be prepared to provide specific documents that we need to assess your application.

Submit your application

Visit the International applications - ANU Undergraduate.

Receive an offer

There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!


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