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Duration: 
6 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time

Overview

Combine studies in psychology with a qualification in law with this double degree plus honours.

This combined 6 year honours degree prepares you for occupations where there is an interaction between the law, psychology and mental health.

It will provide you with a career path towards eligibility for registration as a Psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia.

By completing the 'Priestly 11' units within this course, as set out by the Council of Legal Education, you will satisfy the academic component to be admitted as an Australian Lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria. 

You'll be provided with a global and social justice perspective and an understanding of human behaviour, motivation, relationships, communication and cognitive processes.

The sixth Honours year builds on the scientist-practitioner model of psychology education, with particular emphasis on research training and transition to more independent and professional levels of activity. In this Psychology Honours year students will be provided with advanced training in psychology specific research methods, coursework including professional ethics and will complete a research thesis (9,000-12,000 words).  

Careers

With this double degree you'll be able to pursue careers in areas including:

  • law
  • psychology
  • criminal justice
  • the courts
  • legal community centres
  • community services
  • human resource management.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) will be required to complete 576 credit points in total consisting of:

  • 288 credit points of core Law units; 
  • 252 credit points of core College of Health and Biomedicine; 
  • 24 credit points of Psychology elective units;
  • 12 credit points from the Psychology Honours list of electives.

In order to be eligible to advance to the Psychology Honours year of the course, students must achieve the stringent academic admission criteria that are required for Honours programs in Psychology.  Academic admission standards are based on the average grade across all core second and third year psychology units. Students who have successfully completed the first five years of study but have not met the academic admission requirements for the Honours year will be eligible to apply to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Psychological Studies degree. In the Psychology Honours year of study students must complete an additional six units of study (96 credit points). 

First Year Core

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

12 credit points Psychology Elective 1

Year 4, Semester 1

Year 4, Semester 2

Year 5, Semester 1

Year 5, Semester 2

12 credit points Psychology Elective 2

Year 6, Semester 1

Year 6, Semester 2

Plus

12 credit points Psychology Honours Elective 3

PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVES

Years 2 & 5

Not all Electives will be offered every year or in every semester

HONOURS PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVES

The following units are on application only

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge of psychology theories and relevant advanced specialist bodies of knowledge within the discipline of law;  
  2. Critically review, analyse, adapt and apply broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of law and psychology and underlying principles and concepts in diverse contemporary international and comparative contexts;  
  3. Identify, articulate and respond to complex issues related to the two disciplines by critically analysing and applying information with initiative and judgement in order to both anticipate and creatively address them as relevant to authentic/contemporary professional, community and global settings;  
  4. Exhibit professional accountabilities and ethical judgement, by adapting knowledge, skills, professional reasoning and research in responding appropriately to issues that reflect the social, political and contextual factors;  
  5. Communicate a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and skills appropriate for professional and non-professional audiences;  
  6. Reflect on personal learning and skills in relation to career goals and implement effective, creative strategies to promote lifelong learning and pathways to further learning including a commitment to ongoing professional development;  
  7. Apply personal and interpersonal competencies including organisational and collaborative skills necessary to operate within broad parameters in the immensely divergent and complex global and Australian cultures;  
  8. Contribute effectively, with personal accountability for outcomes in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner; and  
  9. Plan and execute a research project, professional project or piece of scholarship which demonstrates intellectual independence and integrates and contributes to the evidence bases of the two disciplines.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English. International Baccalaureate At least 5 in English SL or 4 in English HL or 6 in English B SL or 5 in English B HL.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

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