Information on this page is for Australian residents

Next intake: 
23 July 2018
Duration: 
4 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

Overview

Use psychology skills to get ahead in business.

Combine psychology studies with a business specialisation to develop insights into people’s behaviour on an individual and organisational level.

This double degree will help you apply key psychology principles in the workplace, giving you the confidence and expertise to understand and manage a range of stakeholders from teammates and clients to customers and employers.

Through VU’s Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business, you’ll learn how to:

  • establish employee development programs
  • advise management on employee relations
  • lead organisational change
  • analyse consumer behaviour.

These skills will help you further your career opportunities within:

  • community service organisations
  • human resource departments
  • marketing research agencies
  • banking and financial institutions
  • government departments.

Psychology students complete a fieldwork unit, which gives you the opportunity to gain experience in a field related to your studies.

Students have completed placements within:

  • the Department of Human Services (Child Protection)
  • family and carer support services
  • arts and cultural organisations
  • refugee and asylum seeker support services
  • public and private health services
  • school settings.

Our strong network within industry means you’ll have plenty of opportunities for sought-after industry-based experience through practical work placements.

If you choose to continue on to postgraduate studies, you’ll be able to take up professional training at VU’s Psychology Clinic, providing discounted psychological services to the community.

You can personalise your learning with both a psychology and business specialisation.

Business specialisations include:    

  • accounting
  • banking and finance
  • financial risk management
  • global logistics and transport
  • human resource management
  • international business
  • international trade
  • management and marketing
  • music industry
  • retail and commerce
  • small business and entrepreneurship.

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VU's Psychology Clinic specialises in cognitive-behavioural therapy and psychodynamic therapy.

Careers in psychology and business

Graduates of VU’s Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business have the specialist knowledge and confidence to apply psychology principles within organisations.

This double degree leads to employment in several sectors from community services or marketing to finance or government.

Typical roles include:

  • organisational development consultant
  • financial analyst
  • human resources manager
  • marketing officer
  • policy advisor.

Salaries

In Australia, the median starting salary of a bachelor degree psychology graduate aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment is $49,900 (GradStats). Typically, psychologists earn an average of $78,000 per year (Job Outlook).

The median starting salary of bachelor degree business graduates (aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment) is $50,000 (GradStats). The average annual earning of a business analyst is $95,212 (Job Outlook).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business, students will be required to complete 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of Core First Year studies;
  • 108 credit points of Core Psychological studies;
  • 24 credit points of Psychology Elective studies;
  • 60 credit points of Core Business studies;
  • 96 credit points of specialised studies selected from one of the Business Specialisations.

Core First Year Units

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

12 credit points of Business Specialisation studies

Year 3, Semester 1

36 credit points of Business Specialisation studies

Year 3, Semester 2

24 credit points of Business Specialisation studies

Year 4, Semester 1

12 credit points of Psychology Elective studies

12 credit points of Business Specialisation studies

Year 4, Semester 2

12 credit points of Psychology Elective studies

12 credit points of Business Specialisation studies

Psychology Electives:

Select 24 credit points (equivalent to two units) from the following:

Or

Specialisations

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. Locate, manage and use information efficiently and effectively;  
  2. Solve problems effectively in a range of settings including industry and community;  
  3. Exhibit high levels of numeracy skills in a range of organisational settings;  
  4. Communicate effectively in spoken and written form on a range of topics to professional, industry and community groups;  
  5. Apply an evidence-based research approach to interpersonal, group and organisational problems;  
  6. Respond with social and cultural awareness within local and global environments;  
  7. Work autonomously and collaboratively as a professional in both industry and community settings.  

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.

  • TAFE: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience may 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.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

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.

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