Course essentials

VU course code:
ABPB
Location:
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Duration:
4 years full time or longer for part time

This double degree allows you the flexibility to combine studies in psychology with a business specialisation.

Combining studies in psychology and business means you'll understand the behaviour of individuals in group and organisational settings.

You'll be able to pursue careers in areas such as community services, human resource management and marketing.

As this course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, graduates are also eligible for entry into fourth year studies in psychology.

You will complete a psychology specialisation and also a business specialisation. Business specialisations include

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Global Logistics and Transport
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • International Trade
  • Management, Marketing
  • Music Industry
  • Retail Commerce
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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Careers

Graduates of VU’s Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business have the specialist knowledge and confidence to apply psychology principles within organisations. From developing employee development programs, to advising management on employee relations, leading organisational change and analysing consumer behaviour, you will have broad career opportunities.

Job titles

  • Organisational development consultant
  • Financial analyst
  • Human resources manager
  • Marketing officer
  • Policy advisor

Organisations employing psychology/business graduates

Graduates can find employment in a diverse range of sectors including community service, human resources, marketing, banking and finance, and government.

Salaries

Four months after graduation, the average salary for psychology graduates is A$50,000, and for business graduates its A$46,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

Employment rates

Employment rates will vary depending on the chosen business specialisation.

Placements

As part of VU’s commitment to Business Integrated Learning, students are encouraged to secure industry-based experience with assistance from VU staff.

Course objectives

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.  

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

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.

How to apply

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