Major Curriculum Changes

Psychology Major Curriculum Changes 2019-2020

Please note:

Students completing a 3 year sequence in psychology (BA(Psyc) or BPsycSc as a single or double degree) must complete at least 24 credit points of Psychology subjects at 300-level.

If you are completing

• 8 credit point subjects
 this means that at a minimum you must complete PSYC347 (core), an experimental subject, and 1 other elective.
• 6 credit point subjects
 this means that at a minimum you must complete PSYC324 (core), an experimental subject, and 2 other electives.

Students completing a 4 year sequence in psychology (BPsyc(Hons) as a single or double degree) must complete 48 credit points of Psychology subjects at 300-level.

If you are completing

• 8 credit point subjects
this means that you must complete PSYC347, PSYC348, PSYC354 (core), an experimental subject, and 2 other electives.
• 6 credit point subjects
this means that you must complete PSYC324, PSYC325, PSYC326 (core), an experimental subject, and 4 other electives.


In 2019 and 2020, students will only be able to enrol into 300 level Psychology subjects via manual add subject enrolment. Students will not be able to enrol into 300 level subjects via SOLs.  This process will ensure that students enrol into the subjects with the correct credit points required for degree completion. The following guide will assist students on the manual add subject enrolment process.
Step by step guide

The School of Psychology will phase out 8 credit point (cp) subjects and transition to 6cp subjects over 2019 and 2020. Changes will take effect from Autumn session 2019.

If you are completing 300 level Psychology subjects in 2018, there will be no change to your enrolment.

If you have started 300 level Psychology subjects but not completed these subjects by the end of 2018, you will need to enrol into 8cp Psychology 300 level subjects for the remainder of your enrolment for 2019 (and possibly 2020).

If you enrolled into your degree in or prior to 2017 and are on track to commence 300 level Psychology subjects in 2019, these changes will affect your subject selection and you will need pay attention to enrol into subjects at the correct credit point level.

When planning 300 level Psychology subject selections, students should first refer to the online course handbook for the year they commenced their degree. Degree requirements and subjects to be completed can be found in the following handbooks.

If you commenced your degree before 2017, have not followed your course progression listed in your course handbook or have not completed all 1st and 2nd year subjects then you will likely require academic advice on subject selection. Please attend one of the Information sessions listed above for further details or view the recorded video of the Student Information Session.

Psychology 300 level subjects detailing 8cp and 6cp subject codes:

Subject Name

8cp Subject Code

6cp Subject Code

Autumn Session  

Assessment and Intervention



History and Philosophy (Metatheory) of Psychology



Advanced Topics in Cognition



Social Behaviour and Individual Differences



Forensic Psychology



Spring Session  

Design and Analysis



Visual Perception






Applied Psychology






Psychology research internship



Child Development




Last reviewed: 14 December, 2018

Teaching Award Spring Session 2018

Congratulations to:
Best Lecturer:  Dr Samantha Reis
Best Tutor:  Erin Mison
As voted by the students 

Women in Health and Medical Research

Dr Esther Davies won the Dame Bridget Ogilvie Research/Clinical Excellence Award, which recognises the excellence of a woman researcher who has demonstrated high impact in their respective field.
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Psychology Colloquium

Autumn Session 2019
Wednesday 12:30-13:30
Location 41.104

Week 5: Friday, 5 April, room 41.153
Professor Roberto Caldera
Department of Psychology, University of Fribourg
Neural Representations of Faces are Tuned to Eye Movements

Week 6: 10 April
Vicky Nicholls
School of Psychology, UOW and Bournemouth University
Visual attention in naturalistic scenes


Week 8: 1 May
Dr Colin Palmer
School of Psychology, UNSW
Perceiving other people's direction of gaze

Week 11: 22 May
Dr Tim Byron
School of Psychology, UOW
Can't Get You Out of My Head: The Familiar and the Repetitive in Involuntary Musical Imagery

Recent Publications 

Chan, A.Y.C., & Morgan, S-J. (2018) Assessing children's cognitive flexibility with the Shape Trail Test. PLoS ONE 13(5): e0198254. 

Van Bergen, P., Bird, A., Andrews, R., (2018), ‘What do you earliest childhood memories say about you?’, The Conversation, 21 August 2018.

Marceau EM, Meuldijk D, Townsend ML, Solowij N, Grenyer BFS. (2018) Biomarker correlates of psychotherapy outcomes in borderline personality disorder: A systematic review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 94, 166-178.

Grenyer, B.F.S
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Kelly, P. J., Robinson, L. D., Baker, A., Deane, F. P., Osborne, B., Hudson, S., & Hides, L. (2018). Quality of life of individuals seeking treatment at specialist non-government alcohol and other drug treatment services: A latent class analysis. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 94, 47-54.

McGillion, M., Pine, J.M., Herbert, J.S., & Matthews, D. (2017) A Randomised Controlled Trial to Test the Effect of Promoting Caregiver Contingent Talk on Language Development in Infants from Diverse SES Backgrounds. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58, 1122–1131. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12725