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OP5

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Course information set

  • Learn to apply psychological principles to legal issues and concerns.
  • Benefit from meaningful connections with high profile industry employers and classes with leading and internationally renowned experts.
  • 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.
QTAC course code409572
QUT course code IX82
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 5.5 years full-time
Start month 2018 February
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Gardens Point
Faculty
  • Faculty of Health
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact
CRICOS code 083021G
Careers
  • Barrister
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Policy Officer
  • Psychologist
  • Solicitor

Details

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.

QUT’s Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree, as it has honours-level content integrated throughout the course. The advanced knowledge and skills in this course will benefit your professional career, or future research and study.

As a student, you will benefit immediately and into the future from:

 

Real-world learning

You will study a combination of psychology and law units in the first four years, with law units and electives only in the final three semesters.

In your first year, you will be introduced to foundation psychology along with the law of torts (negligence, damages and no fault compensation schemes), legal interviewing, legal problem solving and dispute resolution.

In your second year, you can choose an introductory law elective unit and will learn social and organisational psychology, research design and data analysis, criminal law, legal research, developmental psychology, counselling and the variety of contexts in which Australian law operates.

Your third year of study will further develop your psychology skills with your choice of a psychology unit and you will also further develop your knowledge and skills in the law by studying constitutional law, commercial and personal property law, contract law, and equity and trusts.

In fourth year, you can choose two to three electives to study alongside physiological psychology, real property law, psychopathology, administrative law and evidence.

In your final semesters you will study law units only and the course allows you to choose general and advanced law elective units that interest you. You will also study corporate law, commercial remedies, civil procedure and ethics, before undertaking a legal research capstone project.

Career outcomes

A double degree in psychology and law offers you greater flexibility in your career. 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 within legal, corporate, government, social and clinical arenas. Developing health law or advising clients on health law issues is another option to combine both sets of skills. The skills and knowledge you have acquired will be transferable to a wide range of areas such as business or to communication and policy advice roles.

The double degree will also allow you to work in legal environments as a solicitor, in-house lawyer, Crown Law officer 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 and public service.

Professional recognition

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.

The law degree is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. 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.

Assessment items or practicum

Designed in consultation with industry to ensure you acquire a strong foundation of knowledge and experience, our law programmes support and develop students to successfully transition from university to their legal career.

Students benefit from innovative, scholarly teaching and learning through:

  • progressive assessments and open book exams
  • an emphasis on independent learning and research skills
  • small groups in core subjects
  • practical skills and industry connections from work placements, industry projects, mock trials and mooting competitions and analysis of real cases and legislation.

Research pathways

Completing a degree with an honours component provides a pathway into research careers. You may be interested in the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, based at our Gardens Point campus.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Blue card: you will need a valid blue card to complete practical placements in this course. 

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Units

Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Students are required to complete 528 credit points, comprised of 192 credit points for the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) program and 336 credit points for the Bachelor of Laws program. You will study psychology and law units in your first four years and for the remainder of this course you will concentrate on law studies.

The course structure for the Bachelor of Behavioural Science component of the double degree comprises the main APAC-accredited psychology core programme of 12 units as well as 4 psychology electives. The psychology core allows the student to complete a 3-year APAC-accredited psychology sequence across 4 years of study. On completion of the double degree program, a student then has the option to apply for entry to a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours Psychology).

Under the Law component students will complete 336 credit points of core units and a mixture of Introductory, General and Advanced Electives. Students may select up to 48 credit points of non-law electives or 48 credit points of a University-wide minor in place of four of the General Electives. Successful completion of a minor will be recognised on the Academic Record and / or the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.

Total Law credit points: 336
Total credit points for core units: 240
Total credit points for elective units: 96

Honours Level Units
96 credit points of Honours units listed below will be used to determine the Honours Levels of the LLB (Hons):
LLH201 Legal Research,
LLH206 Administrative Law,
LLH302 Ethics and the Legal Profession,
LLH305 Corporate Law,
LLH401 Legal Research Capstone (24 cps) and
2 x 12 cp Advanced Law Electives.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 5

Rank 91

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Recommended Study: Maths A, B or C.

More about assumed knowledge

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.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

2018: CSP $9,200 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may 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.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.

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How to apply for Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. 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.

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