Bachelor of Psychological Science

University of Wollongong

Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Bachelor's Degree, single major

Awarded by
Awarded by

University of Wollongong

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time, 3 years

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Campus

Application Dates
Application Dates

Jul 2024 : 19 Feb - 15 Apr 2024 (for international students) 5 Feb 2024 to 5 May 2024 (for local students)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$46,216.00 to S$49,704.00

* Exclude application fee, preparatory or bridging course fee, and other fees. Refer to the Fees & Financial Aid section for details.

Programme Outline

Awarded & Developed by: University of Wollongong, Australia

Students are introduced to the whole field of the discipline, from personality to social influences on behaviour; from biological bases of behaviour to cognitive process; and from psychopathology to perceptual processes.

Faculty leverage their research experience when teaching basic concepts to students.

  • Students in the UOW programme at SIM are eligible to transfer to Wollongong campus but subject to separate application and enrolment process.
  • This degree is recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
  • Students will be eligible to apply for student membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
  • Graduates are eligible for Affiliate Membership of the APS.

learning-outcome

Learning Outcomes

This programme* provides you with: 

  1. Comprehensive training in the scientific study of human behaviour and experience 
  2. Physiological, sensory and cognitive processes
  3. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  4. The ability to look at problems from different perspectives
  5. Interpersonal and environmental awareness and sound professional ethics


*previously known as Bachelor of Science (Psychology) 

Further Studies & Career Prospects

Students who graduate with the Bachelor of Psychological Science are eligible to apply for a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).

  • This programme is an accredited 4th year which is needed to apply for PhD or Masters, and for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia while graduates undertake supervised practice.
  • SIM graduates who are accepted into the honours programme in Australia will be offered a discount on the UOW international course fees (excluding service fees and Overseas Student Health Care).

Our graduates are employed in a range of environments including professional practice, academia, school teaching, school counselling, marketing, the public service, and research positions.

Potential careers include:

  • Personnel Services
  • Human Resources
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Market Research with government agencies or private organisations

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Jillian Terese Teo
Jillian Terese Teo

Jillian Terese Teo developed an interest in psychology after her ‘A’ levels, when she started volunteering and assisting children with developmental conditions. Awarded an SIM GE scholarship for her artistic talent (in dance), Jillian took her psychology degree with the University of Wollongong. She then did her Honours year in Australia. Now, Jillian is pursuing her doctoral degree and working as an Assistant Manager & Donor Coordinator at the Brain Bank Singapore.  

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Intake Dates

Jul 2024 Intake

PROGRAMME DURATION

Jul 2024 to Jun 2027 (Standard Entry, 3 years)

APPLICATION PERIOD

Jul 2024: 19 Feb 2024 to 15  Apr 2024 (for international students)  19 Feb 2024 to 5 May 2024 (for local students) 

The completion date may vary depending on the exemptions granted (if any).

Maximum 3 times the duration for completion under a standard full-time load, subject to meeting ongoing course progression rules.

There will not be any refund should the student fail to complete the programme within the maximum allowed period.

Students who exceed their candidature period will not be allowed to remain in the programme, unless an extension to the candidature period is approved by the University.

Curriculum

Structure

  • This is a full-time programme that is taught in Singapore by local academics and/or practitioners as well as UOW academics.
  • Average teacher-student ratio is 1:36.
  • The scheduled class include face-to-face lectures and tutorials.
  • Classes are typically in 3-hour blocks: 8:30 – 11:30am, 12noon – 3pm, or 3:30 – 6:30pm.
  • Classes delivered by UOW academics are conducted in an intensive mode in 2 blocks for each module, and occasionally will be held on Saturday.
  • Students typically study 4 modules per semester. Each year comprises of 2 semesters.
  • This is a full-time programme, classes are conducted during the day time and occasionally on Saturday. There is no part-time offering for this programme.
  • Minimum class size to commence: 24 students
  • In the event that the minimum number is not met, the intake may not commence. The student shall be informed within one month before programme commencement.

View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 47 KB)

Assessment & Attendance

  • All teaching and assessment materials are approved by academic staff at UOW and are consistent with the materials used in other locations where the same degrees are delivered. The materials are developed and delivered in a manner in accordance with the relevant accreditation bodies in Australia and Singapore.
    • Assignments
    • Examinations
    • Continuous assessments such as laboratory exercises, presentations, tests, and tutorial exercises
  • All assessment may have a minimum achievement requirement necessary to pass the module.
  • Students are expected to pass all modules within the current year of study before being allowed to proceed to the next year of study.
  • The normal load for students is 24 credit points per semester.
  • Attendance requirement
    • Local students: 80%
    • International students: 90%

Requirements to Graduate

Students who successfully complete all academic requirements of the programme will be awarded the Bachelor of Psychological Science by the University of Wollongong, Australia.

A degree conferral ceremony will be held in Singapore 

Modules

  • Foundations in Psychology A 
  • Foundations in Psychology B 
  • Critical Thinking and Communication Skills in Psychology 
  • Research Methods and Statistics 

  • Personality 
  • Quantitative Methods in Psychology 
  • Developmental & Social Psychology  
  • Cognition & Perception  
  • Psychopathology
  • Biological Psychology & Learning 

Students will be enrolled in 5 of the 10 electives as prescribed by UOW: 

  • Changing Perceptions of Nature 
  • Introduction to Philosophy  
  • The Psychology of Exceptional Children  
  • Introduction to Communication & Media Studies  
  • Effective Writing (ESB) 
  • Psychology of Physical Activity & Health 

  • Advanced Topics in Cognition  
  • Design & Analysis  
  • History & Metatheory of Psychology** / History and Philosophy of Psychology 
  • Assessment & Intervention  
  • Social Behaviour & Individual Differences  
  • Topics in Applied Psychology  
  • Forensic Psychology  
  • Child Development 


* These modules are taught by UOW Academics, supported by local tutors. 
** Teaching out module 


View list of modules and descriptions (PDF 72 KB)

The modules are subject to changes by the university and subject to availability.

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Admission Criteria

Accepted Entry Qualifications

The following qualifications are accepted: 

  • 3 GCE ‘A’ level /3 H2 passes plus 1 H1 pass with a minimum aggregate of 9.5 points where A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (for H1 apply half the value)*
  • A 3-year non-psychology diploma from local polytechnic may be able to obtain up to 4 module exemptions with approval from the university
  • A 3-year psychology diploma from recognised polytechnics may be eligible for module exemptions with approval from the University of Wollongong:
    • Ngee Ann Polytechnic – Diploma in Child Psychology & Early Education**
    • Singapore Polytechnic – Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology**
    • Singapore Polytechnic – Diploma in Applied Drama & Psychology**
    • Republic Polytechnic – Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology**
    • Temasek Polytechnic – Diploma in Psychology Studies
    • Ngee Ann Polytechnic – Diploma In Psychology Studies (previously known as Diploma in Psychology & Community Services)**

* Minimum Aggregate scores in the qualifications mentioned are required for entry and will be assessed by UOW. In addition, a student’s performance in the compulsory modules may be considered depending on its specific relevance to the discipline.

** Programme duration will be extended for applicants who are required to undertake additional module(s).

Notes:

  • Exemptions are normally granted automatically to students with relevant background. Block exemptions may be granted to students with relevant diplomas from the local polytechnics and universities.
  • All modules previously studied will be evaluated and compared with the requirements of the student’s programme of study and a block exemption granted where appropriate.
  • Due to variations in diploma programmes within a polytechnic, the same qualifications may receive different credit exemption.
  • To obtain the maximum credit exemption, applicants must have a GPA score of 2.4 or more (out of 4.0). Applicants who have a GPA below 2.4 will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Equivalent International Qualifications

View information on international qualifications (PDF 600 KB)

English Language Requirements

Applicants with international qualification must meet the University’s English requirement: 

  • IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; or 
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 86 with a minimum score of 18 in Reading & Writing and 17 for Speaking & Listening; or 
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic overall score of 62  with at minimum score of 54 in Reading & Writing and 47 in Listening & Speaking 

Note: IELTS Indicator, TOEFL (iBT) at home test and Pearson (PTE) Academic Online not accepted.
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Fees & Financial Aid

First term fees payable upon acceptance of offer. Subsequent term fees payable before commencement of the term.

The total fees may vary depending on the advance standing and/or number of exemptions granted.

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Programme Fees 

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Fees quoted are valid for July 2024 intake only. Fees exclude textbooks and repeat fees of failed module. Not all modules will be offered in every term.

International students:

  • Modules delivered by local academics: S$1,962.00 per module
  • Modules delivered by UOW academics: $2,289.00 per module
  • Full programme fee (3 years): S$49,704.00 for 24 modules, payable over 6 semesters

Singaporeans & PRs:

  • Modules delivered by local academics: S$1,744.00 per module
  • Modules delivered by UOW academics: $2,289.00 per module
  • Full programme fee (3 years): S$46,216.00 for 24 modules, payable over 6 semesters

Mandatory Fees

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Student Development Fee

Payment applicable to all students embarking on a full-time Diploma or Undergraduate programme at SIM. This fee goes towards activities that will help in students’ personal growth and equip them with functional skills that enhance their employability.

Payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.

S$512.30

International Student Induction Fee

Payable by new full-time international students. This fee covers pre-arrival and arrival support, including activities to enhance the international student learning experience.

As applicable, payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.

S$436.00

Application Fee

Payable for each application form that is submitted. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed.

Local applicants: S$109

International applicants: S$545 (not inclusive of Student’s Pass application)

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