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- Learn to apply psychological principles to legal issues and concerns.
- Complete 2 separate degrees in 5.5 years full-time.
- Graduate to work in the development of mental health and legal policies, in legal-psychological research, or as a lawyer in corporate, social or clinical environments.
- Take the first step towards a career as a registered psychologist.
- Meets academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Australia.
|QTAC course code||409572|
|QUT course code||IX52|
|Course duration||5.5 years full-time|
|Start month||2014 February|
|Deferment||You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.|
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Why choose this course?
The course will give you insight into the worlds of psychology and law, with particular relevance to health law. It will allow you to take a psychological perspective on legal and mental health issues, and be able to advise on and analyse legal situations. The psychology component provides an understanding of human behaviour (including social, clinical and cognitive studies), with application to forensic and legal settings. You will develop skills in communication, research, problem solving and critical analysis that can be applied in a range of settings in both the public and private sectors.
A double degree in psychology and law offers you greater flexibility in your career. Combining skills in these two complementary areas means you will be able to apply psychological principles to legal issues and concerns.
You will enter the workforce with a solid scientific and practical base making you suitable for positions in the development of mental health and legal policies, in research in the legal-psychological domain, and to work as either a lawyer or psychologist in legal, corporate, government, social and clinical environments. Developing health law or advising clients on health law issues is another option to combine both sets of skills.
The double degree will also allow you to work in legal environments as a solicitor, barrister, in-house counsel, government lawyer or mediator. Outside the specialist psychology and legal environments, the skills and knowledge you have acquired will be transferable to a wide range of areas such as business, communication and policy advisers or officers.
The Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). To pursue a career in a professional area of psychology, you will need to undertake further study to gain registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
For further information on psychology, please refer to the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) online course information.
If you want to become a lawyer at the end of your degree, you will need to complete further practical legal training (PLT) before you can apply for admission to practice. We offer PLT in the form of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, provides the knowledge, skills, understanding and values required to become a competent entry-level legal practitioner. The course is available in full-time, internal mode and part-time, online mode. The course complies with the Law Admissions Consultative Council’s Competency Standards for entry-level lawyers and is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board.
The Bachelor of Laws is also recognised for solicitor’s admission in East Malaysia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, and in India and West Malaysia after completion of these countries’ qualifying examinations.
You will study a combination of psychology and law units in the first four years, with law units only in the final three semesters.
In your first year, you will be introduced to foundation psychology along with torts and legal foundations. In your second year, you will learn social and organisational psychology, research design and data analysis, contracts, criminal law, developmental psychology, counselling and criminal responsibility.
Your third year allows some flexibility, with your choice of a psychology unit. Other compulsory topics in year three are equity, property law and trusts.
In fourth year, you can pick three electives to study alongside physiological psychology, constitutional law, evidence, psychopathology and corporate law. Years five and six are law units only, but the course allows you to choose units that interest you. You will also study administrative law, civil procedure and learn about professional responsibility. See the Bachelor of Laws online course information for more details and elective options.
Guide to entry cut-offs
Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:
Recommended study: Maths A, B or C. We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).
Did you get an OP 1-5?
If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.
Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.
2014: CSP $4,300 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)
Student Services and Amenities Fee
You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.
HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees
You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.
Scholarships and financial support
You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.
These scholarships are available for this course:
You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments
How to apply for Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Laws
You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.
Are you ready to submit your application?
You're ready if you've:
- Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
- Checked important dates.
- Checked you meet the entry requirements.
- Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.
All done? Then you're ready to apply.
Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (409572) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
After you've submitted your application to QTAC
If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.
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