New in 2015: Bachelor of Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills)

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills)

The University of South Australia is the only South Australian university to offer undergraduate students a specialisation in Counselling and Interpersonal Skills.

Offered within the Bachelor of Psychological Science, the program covers diverse areas including psychology, counselling, mental health, and social services. The Counselling and Interpersonal Skills specialisation includes courses that will further develop interpersonal skills for working with individuals, groups and communities. Students in this specialisation are also able to complete the prerequisite and knowledge courses for further study in psychology.

Real-world application

  • Students have the opportunity to do a work placement in the third year of the program, allowing them to gain valuable professional experience
  • The program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
  • Graduates of the program may apply for Level  1 membership of the Australian Counselling Association

A range of graduate outcomes

Graduates of this program often find jobs in:

  • youth work
  • advertising and marketing
  • policy and research
  • consumer research
  • counselling
  • industrial relations
  • human resources
  • program coordination
  • welfare

Specific jobs may include:

  • disability support officer
  • community development officer
  • human resources manager
  • training officer
  • crime prevention officer
  • behavioural ecologist
  • drug/alcohol case worker

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Bachelor of Psychological Science (Cognitive Neuroscience)

The University of South Australia also offers a Cognitive Neuroscience specialisation within the Bachelor of Psychological Science. Cognitive Neuroscience is the study of the relationship between the brain and behaviour and this exciting program integrates biology and psychology, giving students a unique opportunity to explore the neural underpinnings of cognition and the impact of social and developmental factors. Students learn and practice their skills in custom built, state-of-the-art facilities, including a cognitive neuroscience lab.

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Bachelor of Psychological Science

The Bachelor of Psychological Science provides students with an understanding of the theoretical basis of psychology, critical and analytical thinking skills, and data management skills, in order to be critical consumers and producers of research. Recent changes to the program have enhanced the work-readiness of graduates, and have been recognised nationally in the form of an award from the Australian Federal Government Office of Teaching and Learning.

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