Resources for students including administrative procedures, important forms and student support
This page includes information regarding the structure, content and submission of work for Level 1-3 psychology subjects, as well as many of the policies and procedures within the School. Students are expected to familiarise themselves with this information at the commencement of their studies within the School.
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- Student Manual
The student manual provides information regarding the structure, content and submission of work for Undergraduate Level 1-3 psychology subjects. This document also explains many of the policies and procedures found within the School.
- Program Structure
Psychology is intellectually fascinating and has direct application to everyday life. It can be studied in a number of different ways as part of six degrees offered at the University of Melbourne.
You can chose to study psychology in one of three ways:
- An accredited 125 point major sequence
- An unaccredited 75 point minor sequence
- As individual subjects of study
By offering multiple options of study, you have the flexibility to tailor your study according to your academic interests.
Over the course of the undergraduate sequence, you will develop a deep understanding of psychology that will set you up for future research or clinical postgraduate studies. You will learn research skills from your first year that will build in later years to give you the best foundation and depth of expertise needed to interpret and understand behaviour. The psychology sequence is designed to build constantly on your knowledge through research-led teaching and by emphasising the impact of research in practice.
In second year you will study the core units of psychology covering biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology. Third year contains a capstone unit consolidating your knowledge of psychology and electives that expose you to the intricacies of the field.
Major sequence requirements
A three-year accredited psychology major requires the completion of a minimum of 125 credit points worth of undergraduate psychology subjects, including eight compulsory subjects and at least two Level 3 elective subjects.
- PSYC20006 Biological Psychology
- PSYC20008 Developmental Psychology
- PSYC20007 Cognitive Psychology
- PSYC20009 Personality and Social Psychology
Third-year Subjects (Compulsory):
Electives (Choose Two):
- PSYC30012 The Unconscious Mind
- PSYC30014 Psychopathology of Everyday Life
- PSYC30015 Applications in Psychology
- PSYC30016 Social and Emotional Development
- PSYC30017 Perception, Memory and Cognition
- PSYC30018 Neuroscience and the Mind
- PSYC30019 Development of the Thinking Child
- PSYC30020 The Integrated Brain
- PSYC30022 Trends in Personality and Social Psychology
Full Program Structure:
The complete program structure including subject descriptions can be viewed on the Faculty of Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) website.
- Student Forms
All current forms can be found at the following link
- Administrative Procedures
Absence/Withdrawing from your Course
You can change your subjects, apply for Leave of Absence or to withdraw from your course using the student portal.
You are encouraged to discuss your enrolment and future course plans with a course adviser before making any changes to your enrolment. Further information on course planning can be found below:
Changing subject enrolment
During the first two weeks of the semester, you are able to change your subjects without any penalty. From the beginning of week three up until the reporting deadline or Census Date, you can no longer add new subjects but you may still withdraw from subjects without any penalty. The Census Date for each subject can be found in the relevant subject handbook entry. After the Census Date has passed it may still be possible to withdraw from your subjects but in doing so you will be liable for the tutition fees for the dropped subject(s). From week 10 you are no longer able to withdraw from a subject. At this point the University will consider you as being committed to completing the assessment tasks for all of your remaining subjects.
Withdrawing from your Course
Students wishing to withdraw from their course may do so by making an application through the student portal. Before you apply to withdraw from your course, you are recommended to visit Stop 1 to discuss your options to ensure that withdrawing from your course is the best option for you.
Leave of Absence
As a student you may request a Leave of Absence (LOA) for up to 12 months. This will mean that your course is put on hold for you to complete after you've returned from your leave. However, you are not permitted to take this leave during the first six months of your course, nor the final month of your course. For more information on eligability or the application process refer to the following website:
You will be automatically allocated to your tutorials, and some lecture streams where relevant. It is possible to change your tutorial times during the first two weeks of semester via the student portal.
University-wide student class registration closes at the 2nd week of the semester. If you have an unresolvable timetable clash please submit a support request to the University Class Registration Enquiry Management (CREM)
Be advised that a clash with work commitments is not regarded as a valid reason for changing your allocated tutorial time. While the importance of work is recognised, such commitments will not be treated as grounds for special consideration. It is your responsibility to manage your work commitments so that they do not interfere with your studies and to ensure that your timetable is workable so that you are able to meet the attendance requirements of your subjects.
Temporary Laboratory Changes
If you are unable to attend your normal laboratory class you may request a temporary transfer. This allows you to attend a different class in the same week for that week only.
- You must take the form to the class you intend to transfer to.
- You will normally be required to provide documentation explaining your reason for wanting to transfer (eg. a medical certificate).
- It is the lecturer/tutor's responsibility to ensure the number in the class is at (and not above) the official limit.
- If there is room in the class above the permanent number, you may then be allowed to attend the desired class.
- You must then take the signed transfer form to your permanent class and give it to the lecturer or tutor.
The temporary laboratory change form can be downloaded from the Student Forms page
After-hours building access
There is no after-hours building access to the Redmond Barry building for undergraduate students.
- Assessment Procedures
Information regarding assessment procedures, including hurdle requirements, the submission process and late penalties can be found within the Student Manual.
- Student Evaluations and Feedback
The University and the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences place great emphasis on promoting and monitoring the quality of its teaching programs. In order to receive feedback from students on teaching, the University asks you to complete a subject questionnaire. In addition, you are invited to provide feedback to lecturers or the Convenor at any time. All comments and questionnaires will remain confidential.
In addition, a number of Staff/Student Liaison meetings are held at the beginning of second semester each year. There is a specific meeting for students enrolled in undergraduate psychology subjects which is an opportunity for students to meet with academic staff and raise issues of concern relating to the course and subjects.