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Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/ Bachelor of Science in Psychology - SCSC03

Course Code: SCSC03
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Psychology
Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society
UAC Code: 361497
CRICOS Code: 099015G
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Open an insightful and intellectually stimulating world of professional possibilities

If you’re a deep thinker with your finger on the political pulse and interested in pursuing a career of exploration and change, then this is the course for you. UC’s Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor of Science in Psychology double degree combines the intriguing world of politics and international affairs with the clinical psychological insights to human behaviour of a psychology degree.

You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to become a globally engaged and strategic thinker while discovering the scientific psychology theories, research methods and clinical grounding that could help you become a clinical psychologist.

Your psychology studies will be accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and give you a solid grounding in topics like cognition, psychopathology and biological behaviour, and the tools to instigate practical solutions to problems within various social and economic contexts – skills that could also come in handy should you choose to pursue a career in politics and international relations.

Combine a Bachelor of Politics and International Relations and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at UC and you will: 

  • gain knowledge of the principles, concepts and issues that are shaping the world, including the challenges of modern terrorism and contemporary regional politics in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond
  • be able to apply an in-depth understanding of the historical and current systems of Australian politics and public policy, provide policy advice and develop new policies
  • learn to recognise the relationships between political values, political power and public policy and the impact each of these has within the Australian context
  • develop high level theoretical and empirical analysis skills and the ability to interpret world events and issues
  • acquire an understanding of the scientific basis of the discipline of psychology and understand the research methods used by psychologists
  • gain an ability to apply research methods to design and conduct studies, analyse and interpret results and write research reports using APAC conventions
  • understand the application of values, research and professional ethics in psychological research and in other professional contexts.

Career opportunities

The world is your oyster! Diplomat, policy adviser, intelligence analyst, psychologist or even politician… your career options (and the potential to earn a healthy salary and travel) will be endless with UC’s Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor of Laws degree. Graduates will have the accredited skills and qualifications required to explore careers in:

  • diplomacy
  • including strategic analysis, trade relations and foreign affairs
  • intelligence, including security analysis
  • international business and aid
  • the public sector, including policy development
  • politics
  • the not-for-profit sector
  • clinical psychology
  • counselling
  • private practice
  • media, communications, public affairs and public relations
  • domestic or international business, including consultancy
  • management
  • education and research.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page:

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Assumed Knowledge

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Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Science in Psychology BSc Psych
Bachelor of Politics and International Relations B Politics&IntlRel

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Politics and International Relations Bachelor of Science in Psychology Diploma of Health Studies Associate Degree of Health Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

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Professional Accreditation

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Course Learning Outcomes

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Course Duration

Standard 4 years full-time or equivalent. Maximum 10 years.


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Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

In order for the Diploma of Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: a) completed 24 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1 b) completed a minimum of 12 credit points at UC and c) obtained a minimum of 12 credit points in any of the health disciplines. In order for the Associate Degree in Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: a) completed 48 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1 and 12 credit points at Level 2 b) completed a minimum of 24 credit points at UC and c) obtained a minimum of 24 credit points in any of the health disciplines. For details of individual courses, please see the separate entries for each course on the UC website.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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