This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences component of any bachelors double degrees.
|Managing faculty||Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences|
|Offered by||School of Psychology and Psychiatry|
|Campus(es)||Caulfield, Clayton, Sunway|
NOTE: This area of study entry has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2012. For details of changes, please consult the 2013 Handbook change registerHandbook change register (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2013handbooks/2013-change-register.html).
Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. It is a broad scientific discipline that includes investigations of the brain, learning, memory, reasoning, decision making, language, developmental and social processes, personality, and mental health and well being. It is also concerned with the practical and ethical applications of psychology research to the profession.
The Monash psychology curriculum is based on the principle that training in the discipline of psychology should follow the scientist-practitioner model, where learning about professional practice is taught within the scientific perspective. Students are then able to make informed choices about psychology-related careers and further training at the fourth year and postgraduate level, which is a requirement to practice as a psychologist in Australia. The School of Psychology and Psychiatry offers a common psychology curriculum across all campuses and modes of study.
The School of Psychology and Psychiatry offers students an undergraduate psychology program comprising a 60 credit-point major sequence which is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia.
This program is the accredited sequence leading to further study at honours and postgraduate levels.
A 48-point major in psychology may be sufficient to satisfy the requirements for a major sequence in psychology in single or double degrees offered by other faculties, but is not APAC-accredited and will not permit entry to fourth-year programs in psychology.
Students wishing to take the APAC-accredited major sequence in psychology must complete ten 6-credit-point units (nine core units and one elective unit) from the lists of units offered in an APAC-accredited degree.
Students may take an elective unit at second year, and up to four elective units at third year. Some third-year electives may be undertaken at second year, providing prerequisites and corequisites are met. The electives offered may vary from year to year depending on staff availability.
Psychology can be studied in many undergraduate courses offered by different faculties. However only studies undertaken within an APAC-accredited degree will lead to the further training required to practice/register as a psychologist. Note: double degrees are grouped under the faculty heading corresponding to the component of the double degree in which the major is available.
** Psychology can only form the major in one component of this double degree.
*** The 60-point APAC accredited major sequence is available in this course.