Psychological Science / Law - 4722

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Law


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 5 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 240

UAC Code: 426000

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Major)

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Program Description

This program is for new 2018 commencing students. If you are a continuing student please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you started your Dual Law degree or contact the Faculty of Law for advice.

The Dual award degree Bachelor of Psychological Science / Bachelor of Laws is a 5 year program (full-time) and provides an opportunity to obtain two degrees that would be of interest to students wishing to study both psychology and law. The Law courses satisfy the requirements for the award of the professional LLB degree.The Psychological Science program allows students to complete an accredited Psychology degree with the option to apply for an additional Honours Year in Psychology through 4518 Psychological Science (Honours).

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

For the Bachelor of Laws, please see the program objectives and learning outcomes listed in Bachelor of Laws 4701

For the Bachelor of Psychological Science, please see the program objectives and learning outcomes as listed in
Bachelor of Psychological Science 3435

Program Structure

In this dual degree program, students must successfully complete 240 UOC, including 96 UOC for the Bachelor of Psychological Science and 144 UOC for the LLB.

Total Unit Requirements
Law compulsory courses - 96 UOC
Law prescribed elective - 6 UOC
Law elective courses - 42 UOC
Psychological Science courses - 96 UOC -please see below for further detail.

Total 240 UOC

The subject requirements for the Bachelor of Psychological Science are as follows:

Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
  • 18 UOC from level 3 Psychology courses: must include at least one course from each of the elective groups below.
  • 18 UOC of free electives
Note: Not all level III Psychology elective courses are necessarily offered each year.

Elective Stream A:
Elective Stream A:
An approved sequence of study

An approved sequence for Psychological Science and Law can be found here:

LAWSA14722 Psychological Science and Law

General Education Requirements

Students enrolled in a dual law degree (with exception to Jurisprudence/Law) are not required to complete general education courses.


Honours in Bachelor of Law
High achieving students may be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

Please visit the Honours in law website for further information about the current Honours policy (applicable to students who commenced the LLB in 2014 or earlier) and the new policy (applicable to students who commenced the LLB from 2015 onwards).

Honours in Psychological Science
Students who wish to undertake Honours in Psychological Science will need to apply for and enrol in 4518 Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). This program can only be taken full-time and includes a substantial research component.

To gain entry into Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), students must satisfy requirements for a pass degree (144uoc) with at least 78 UOC of Psychology Stage 1-3 courses with an average of 75% or higher across Psychology courses that they have taken as part of the Psychology major sequence, although students achieving an average of 70% or more may be admitted subject to appropriate research and supervision resources being available and at the discretion of the Head of School. Level 1 elective courses in Psychology such as PSYC1022, PSYC1023, PSYC1024 and PSYC1031 do not count in the calculation of this average.

Academic Rules

Requirements for the Bachelor of Psychological Science in Dual Mode

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science as part of a dual degree must complete a minimum of 96 Units of Credit (UoC) for the award of the degree. Academic rules relating to the Bachelor of Psychological Science as one part of a dual degree are as follows:
  1. Students must complete a minimum of 96 units of credit (UoC) including a minimum of 78 UoC in Psychology (as defined in the Program Structure above).
  2. Students must follow the program of study as outlined in this Handbook and defined under the Program Structure above, with or without a complementary major sequence;
  3. Complementary majors may only count towards one of the two degrees that make up the dual award (i.e. students who declare a complementary major in Psychological Science may not declare the same major in the ‘other’ degree). Details of complementary majors can be found at Bachelor of Psychological Science.
  4. No student may commence level II courses until 24 units of credit of level I courses have been successfully completed.
  5. Students may commence level III courses upon successful completion of 72 units of credit.
Note: Choosing to complete a complementary major will require students to complete more than the minimum units of credit to receive the award. This will result in additional cost and time to complete the degree requirements and may have visa implications for international students.

For Academic Rules relating to the Bachelor of Laws

For Academic Rules relating to the Bachelor of Laws component of this dual law degree program, please refer to program 4701. Although 4701 program is no longer on offer, all dual law students enrolled in the LLB will need to comply with the rules stated here.

A direct link is given below:
Bachelor of Law 4701


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is an undergraduate law degree that is recognised as satisfying the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in NSW. The degree is only offered in combination with another approved undergraduate degree (dual award mode).
The Bachelor of Psychological Science is an accredited degree in Psychology and gives students the opportunity to apply for an Honours Year. Completion of 4518 Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) meets the requirements towards provisional registration as a psychologist nationally ( and associate membership in the Australian Psychological Society (

Note: As of 1 July 2010, a single national registration scheme operates for psychologists in Australia, and all practising psychologists must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). The national scheme will allow psychologists to work in any Australian State or Territory.

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