Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)

Program code



3 years




Application deadlines

28 January

07 October


RMIT Saigon South


If you have a passion for understanding the science of the mind and human behaviour, this program provides you with the theoretical and practical foundations to pursue a career in the field of psychology. 

In this program, you will examine broad areas of human behaviour and more deeply in fundamental areas such as personality, psychopathology, social psychology, biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and research methods. 

The degree provides a basis for pursuing further study if you want to become a practicing psychologist. 

Psychologists study the processes around how people think and feel, working closely with clients to understand their mental state and how this may be impacting upon their behaviour.

They conduct research and provide treatments, including counselling, to help reduce distress, behavioural problems and psychological problems for people of all ages. 

Program structure

Semester 1

  • Environmental Psychology 
  • Applied Psychology Topics OR The Science of Human Nature 
  • Understanding Personality

Semester 2

  • Principles of Psychology
  • Psychology of Everyday Thinking
  • Statistical Computing 

Semester 3

  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Psychology of Social Life

Semester 4

  • Psychology of Gender
  • General elective

Semester 5

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology

Semester 6

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Motivation and Organisational Psychology

Semester 7

  • Research Project OR Psychology Field Placement (WIL*) 
  • General elective

Semester 8

  • Philosophy and Methodology of Psychology 
  • Psychological Assessment and Individual Differences 
  • Professional Practices in Psychology 

Semester 9

  • Psychopathology and Models of Intervention 
  • Forensic Psychology

*WIL: Work Integrated Learning

Note: The sequence of courses in a year may be subject to change.

Learning teaching & assessment

This program is delivered through an innovative combination of traditional and digital techniques, which are designed to enhance your abilities to become an independent learner. You will engage in authentic learning activities that will develop your ability to research independently, to analyse information, and to communicate effectively in face to face and online situations. This approach reflects the reality of the contemporary workplace and will help to prepare you for your future studies and for engagement in global and industry led learning opportunities.

You will experience a range of blended learning environments, including lectures, tutorials, laboratory research, individual and group work. Online interactive learning materials are well developed and supplement teaching in lectures and activities in tutorials.

Assessments in most courses are undertaken through a mixture of continual and final assessment, and include written assignments, oral individual and group presentations, and laboratory reports.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods as appropriate to the material being taught and the skills being acquired.

Towards the end of the program, you will have a chance to put your knowledge and skills in real-world settings as part of Work Integrated Learning projects in the Professional Practices in Psychology and Psychology Field Placement courses.

Students in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) program gain a thorough education in the scientific discipline of psychology and an introduction into the application of the discipline. 

Graduates will have sound evidence-based knowledge as a foundation either for entering employment, where they can use the knowledge and approaches of psychology in areas such as marketing research or human resources, or for pursuing advanced level psychology programs to become a clinical psychologist. 

Upon the successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  1. Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence-based knowledge, and undertake life-long learning to improve personal and professional practice.
  2. Demonstrate a capacity to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to research to permit judgements and decisions to be supported by appropriate evidence that places practice within a global and local context.
  3. Apply knowledge to solve problems in a wide range of diverse situations, with an ability to work independently or with others and to incorporate the analysis of evidence-based scientific literature to solve psychological problems.
  4. Engage in dialogue with a diverse range of people and communicate in a broad range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) to meet the circumstances of the situation and the capabilities of the audience.
  5. Maintain tolerance and respect for individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds and holding diverse values, adhere to professional expectations and demonstrate ethical behaviour.
  6. Develop collaborative partnerships with colleagues, other professionals and the community that build on the capacity of others, and develop open and flexible relationships that adapt to evolving needs and aspirations.

Career prospects

Graduates can also find work in a wide range of areas, such as:

  • Education counsellor
  • NGO social worker
  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • Human resources specialist (recruitment & training)
  • Market research specialist
  • Marketing specialist (customer behaviour, advertising)

Graduates who wish to become a psychologist in Australia will need to continue with the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours) and the Master of Clinical Psychology (2 years full-time), or equivalent degrees recognised by the Australian Psychological Society.

Further studies

When you successfully complete this program, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT honours or postgraduate program.

To register as a psychologist in Australia, you'll need to continue with the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours) and the Master of Clinical Psychology (2 years full-time) at RMIT in Australia, or equivalent degrees recognised by the Australian Psychological Society. 


Payments can be made each semester, on a course-by-course basis.

Fee program

Annual tuition fee 

(based on full time study load - 8 courses)

Whole program fee

(24 courses - 288 credits)


13,248 USD (indicative USD fee) ~ 300,596,000 VND  39,744 USD (indicative USD fee) ~ 901,786,000 VND 



  1. The duration of programs is flexible and can be adapted on an individual basis upon enrolment.
  2. Program fees are priced and invoiced in Vietnam Dong (VND).
  3. Payment in other currencies will be converted to VND at the exchange rate on that day. Bank transfer is the preferred method of payment.
  4. The fees in USD are ONLY applicable to those international students who arrange for payment from overseas, as per Circular No. 32/2013/TT-NHNN.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • Vietnamese high school graduation diploma with a minimum GPA of 7.0/10.0 for Grade 12, for other international qualifications please view entry requirements by country​;
  • A minimum score of 6.0/10.0 for Grade 12 in mathematics, or geography or a science subject.

If you have completed or partially completed a similar program at another institution you may be accepted with some academic credit, or exemptions, being granted toward this program.

English requirements

Successfully complete RMIT Vietnam English Advanced or complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5+ (no band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT 79+ (with minimum score of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 58+ (no communication band below 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) 176+ (no band below 169)

For other international English entry requirements, please view English equivalency requirements.


TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson and Cambridge results are recognised for two years from the test date. RMIT English test results are recognised for one year from the test date.

Please contact the RMIT Vietnam Student Recruitment team for more information.

English Pathways

Don't meet the English language test scores? Successfully complete English for University for entry into this program. 

How to apply

1. Find your program

2. Check your eligibility

3. Prepare your documents

4. Submit your application

RMIT’s standard closing dates for receiving applications for each semester is published on the important dates for students page. Please note, RMIT’s offer is subject to the availability of places in each program and applications to competitive programs may close when program quotas fill before published deadlines. As such, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Coming from a partner institution?

RMIT has pathway arrangements with many partner institutions around the world.

If your institution has a pathway arrangement with RMIT you may be able to receive credit and reduce the time it will take to complete your preferred RMIT program.

Find out if your institution has a pathway arrangement with RMIT. If you have qualifications from an institution that is not an RMIT partner, credit into your RMIT program will be assessed on a case by case basis.