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Psychology and Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations Double Degree

Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations) - BPsych(Curtin), BCom(Curtin) - BB-PSYHRM Health Sciences
Minimum ATAR 70 This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
STAT entry Written English and either quantitative or verbal STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus or mixed on- and off-campus
Intake February or July

Regional campuses may offer the common first year units only. There may be restrictions on unit availability and enrolment may be on a part-time basis only, which could extend the course duration.

Duration 5 years full-time

Course overview

Use your knowledge in psychology to help resolve issues in the workplace, recruit and engage employees, and improve individual and team performance.

This double degree is designed to provide a basis in and appreciation of the scientific discipline of psychology as well as the human resource management and industrial relations professions.

This combination gives graduates a highly marketable knowledge base that allows them to relate to a broad range of managers, professionals and consultants, and also provides a foundation for graduate studies in either professional application or research.

You will graduate with knowledge of people and human behaviour. This will include good planning, organisational, analytical, and decision making skills.

In addition you will have good oral and written communication skills, be able to deal with people confidentially, tactfully, and with discretion, as well as being able to work within rule (legislative and legal).

Related courses:

Want to know more? Our psychology information evening and webinar on 15 May provides a great opportunity to speak to the experts about your study options. Register online to attend.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Minimum ATAR This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.


Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Desirable WACE courses

At least Mathematics Applications ATAR

Other requirements

To become a registered psychologist after graduating from this degree you will need to complete a further year of undergraduate psychology study (a fourth year). After this you will need to complete a further two years of skills-based training.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:


Regional campuses may offer the common first year units only. There may be restrictions on unit availability and enrolment may be on a part-time basis only, which could extend the course duration.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Institute of Human Resource. A fourth year in psychology is necessary to apply for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and for provisional registration as a psychologist. In Australia two years supervised psychological practice after fourth year, or completion of a two-year master program or a one-year professional master and one year of supervised psychological practice, is required for full registration as a psychologist.

Advanced standing/credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on or 1300 222 888.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Human Resources Officer
  • Industrial Relations Officer
  • Trade Union Official
  • Training Officer
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Psychologist
  • Change Management Specialist
  • Accountant
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Marketing Officer
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Economist
  • Clerical Officer - local government
  • Welfare Agent

Graduates will have the necessary skills to work in human resource management, welfare agencies, labour market industry, and training and development in both government and private enterprise.

Graduates also have the skills that are sought by employers in government departments concerned with health, community services, employment and training, and youth and family services.

Why Psychology and Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations Double Degree?

  • Curtin psychology graduates are highly regarded for the depth of their theoretical and practical knowledge and research skills.
  • Teaching staff have extensive experience and place importance on excellence in teaching.
  • The school’s research was rated 4 out of 5 (‘above world ranking’) in the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia exercise.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.