Psychological Studies, Major (0029)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0029

Previous Code: M1110.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

The Psychological Studies major comprises subjects in the discipline of psychology that focus on the field of inquiry that uses scientific techniques and methods to understand and explain behaviour and experience. Areas of study include: the brain and behaviour, learning, motivation and emotion, social psychology, lifespan development, perception, and cognitive processes. A Psychological Studies major does not meet APAC requirements for an accredited sequence in Psychology. 


Campus Mode Advice
Bankstown City Campus Internal
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal
Penrith Campus Internal

Major Structure

Students must successfully complete 80 credit points from the subjects below with no less than three Level 3 subjects.

Complete the following two compulsory subjects.

Subject Title Credit Points
BEHV 1018Psychology: Human Behaviour10
BEHV 1016Psychology: Behavioural Science10
Total Credit Points20

Students must also complete 60 credit points from the Level 2/3 subject pools below, with no less than three subjects at Level 3.

Subject Title Credit Points
Level 2 Subject Pool
Brain and Behaviour
Experimental Design and Analysis
Human Learning
Level 3 Subject Pool
Abnormal Psychology
Advanced Research Methods
Cognitive Processes
Developmental Psychology
Health Psychology
History and Philosophy of Psychology
Motivation and Emotion
Psychology and the Online World
Psychology of Language
Social Psychology

Equivalent Subjects

The subject listed below counts towards completion of the major for students who passed this subject in 2021 or earlier.

BEHV 3017 - Personality, replaced by  BEHV 2018 - Personality