Non-Degree in Psychology
Who is eligible to apply for Non-degree study in Psychology?
Australian citizens/permanent residents and New Zealand citizens are eligible to apply for non-degree study.
International applicants may be permitted to undertake some non-degree study, subject to the conditions of their visa. The cost of undertaking non-degree study will differ from that listed below.
Prospective international non-degree applicants should contact the International Office for more information.
What will you study as a Non-degree student?
You may study any undergraduate unit of study offered by the School of Psychology, as long as you have successfully completed the necessary qualifying units of study, but have not previously completed the unit itself, within the previous ten years.
Who is likely to want to undertake Non-degree study in Psychology?
- Graduates who have not previously studied Psychology in their first degree, or have studied only a small amount of Psychology. Such students would enrol in our introductory Psychology units of study PSYC1001 and 1002 as Non-degree students. They may then wish to apply to continue study of Psychology as a Graduate Diploma in Psychology student. (The Diploma consists of a minimum of 48 units of Intermediate (Year 2) and Senior (Year 3) Psychology. See the separate web page)
- Graduates who have already completed some undergraduate Psychology, but who wish to complete additional units in Psychology (less than 24 credit points) to be eligible to apply for a fourth year in Psychology, or who have already completed some undergraduate Psychology subjects and simply wish to study units additional to those studied in their undergraduate degree.
- Current students who have already completed a Psychology major but wish to complete additional senior level units in Psychology (less than 24 credit points) to be eligible to apply for a fourth year in Psychology, or who have already completed some undergraduate Psychology subjects and simply wish to study units additional to those studied in their undergraduate degree.
Note that it is not possible to complete a full sequence of Psychology units of study as a Non-degree student. Only a full sequence of Psychology units completed within degrees accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) will lead to a fourth year of study in Psychology (Honours or Honours equivalent).
When can I commence?
Entry is possible in either February or July semester each year. For those wishing to study PSYC1001 and 1002, note that either order is possible. Students who begin with PSYC1002 in July semester may wish to complete PSYC1001 in either the following February Semester, or during Summer School in January. Alternatively students may complete PSYC1002 in Summer School in January and complete PSYC1001 in the February Semester. Please see the Psychology Future Students Summer School page for more information.
When are classes held?
Psychology 1001 and 1002
4hrs/wk (3x1 hour lectures and 1x1 hour tutorial/demo)
A wide variety of times are available for tutorials. Note that there are no evening lectures.
For all other Psychology units of study, see School of Psychology website for current timetable:
What are the fees?
Up-front fees apply. The fees for non-degree study in Psychology for graduates are provided on the Faculty of Science website at:
Recognition from the university
You will receive an official transcript from the University confirming that you have completed the units of study as a Non-degree student.
How do I apply?
Applications must be submitted online. Follow the relevant link below, read the information under "How to apply", then click the blue "Apply Now" button:
All applications for non-degree study in Psychology require evidence of Australian citizenship or residency, and an original academic transcript for your completed undergraduate degree.
If you are applying for Intermediate or Senior units of study, you will need to have successfully completed qualifying units of study (consult the Faculty of Science Handbook available online at: http://www.usyd.edu.au/handbooks/).
If you completed qualifying units of study at an an institute other than the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, you will further need to provide an original transcript or certified copy showing these units of study, as well as a photocopy from the handbook of your previous institution, clearly indicating the syllabus, length of the course in weeks and class hours per week.
In the first instance, you should consult the School's web site at: http://sydney.edu.au/science/psychology/
For application information and information regarding PSYC 1001 and 1002, contact: Telephone: (02) 9351 2872
For information regarding PSYC 2000 and 3000, contact: Telephone: (02) 9351 2872