Psychology in Society is a fascinating and diverse area of study that touches upon many aspects of daily life.


How do groups communicate? Can panic be controlled? How do attitudes to alcohol consumption develop? A major in Psychology will allow you to explore how and why people behave the way they do.

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Course description, features and facilities

Studying the Psychology in Society major will help you build a scientific understanding of human behaviour and its underlying psychological processes. You will find an emphasis on the measurement of psychological abilities such as intelligence, how these abilities develop through the human life span and on the processes that govern the relationships between people and groups in society.

To complement your lectures from renowned experts in their various fields, you will have the chance to discuss, apply and expand on the theories described in your unit in practical laboratory classes and structured tutorials. The School of Psychology is well equipped with a strong commitment to psychology as an empirical science.

Please note: this is one of three psychology majors available in our undergraduate degrees. See also Psychology (double major) and Psychological Science (single major). The Psychology double major is a three-year undergraduate sequence in psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Council (APAC) and can lead to further study and professional qualifications in psychology.

Essential knowledge, skills and capabilities are required to undertake and successfully complete a major in psychology. You will be required to attain the following graduate attributes, as required by APAC:
1) Core knowledge and understanding of psychology
2) Research methods in psychology
3) Critical thinking skills
4) Values, research and professional ethics
5) Communication skills across a variety of formats and contexts
6) Learning and the application of psychology

During the major you will be exposed to sensitive topics (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). You will also be required to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations), and so it is important to carefully consider whether you are able to cope with the demands of a psychology major and whether there is anything that would impact upon your ability to complete the requirements of the major.
Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.

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Student profile – Alexandria Kenyon

Completing a double degree in Psychology allows me to not only investigate Psychology in Society but also Psychological Science of the human brain. Psychology not only changes the way you look at the world, it changes the way you think about the world, how the world works together, how the world around us develops and changes.

For example, investigating the factors effecting working memory has allowed me to understand the complexity of the human and the need to understand the seemingly small parts of a much bigger picture of the human cognition.

Psychology has not only lead my interest in social change and the mental health but has also given me a love and passion in helping engage other students more in psychology and the UWA environment through the UWA Psychology Club.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates in Psychology in Society are varied because you are prepared for an occupation in which knowledge of human behaviour, psychological measurement techniques, and experimental design and data analysis is valuable. Possible careers could be in business, teaching, market research, welfare, and politics. When combined with a major in Psychological Science, this major can also lead to further study and professional qualifications in Psychology. A four-year honours degree is required by the Psychologists Board of Australia for provisional registration as a psychologist.

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Further study opportunities

Students with majors in both Psychology in Society and Psychological Science may choose to pursue further studies at honours level and progress to postgraduate study leading to a professional qualification in psychology. Postgraduate degrees are currently offered in the areas of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology.

You can also apply for our other postgraduate professional courses.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-1580
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards80
International Baccalaureate29

Additional information

To complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

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Psychology in Society: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley, Albany (selected Level 1 units)
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time.
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BA), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central Building, Crawley campus
(61 8) 6488 7333
Additional information