Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism) / Behavioural Science

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

This double degree combines the Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism) which provides a grounding in Australian political theory and contemporary journalism practice, and the Bachelor of Behavioural Science which is a unique program that combines elements of psychology, political science, cultural studies and sociology.

This double degree can be completed in 4 years of full-time study or you can study part-time.

  • Why study this program?

    Employers want the skills you will develop in this double degree. The ability to research, analyse, interpret, draw conclusions and problem-solve are just what is needed in the flexible workplace of the 21st century. Communication skills in all forms, team work, initiative and adaptability are also at the heart of this double degree.

    The Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism) combines two disciplines into a single program of study. In addition to studying Australian and international politics and international relations, you will receive a solid grounding in the diverse theories and practices of journalism, including your legal and ethical obligations. You will gain practical experience in various forms of journalism, including print, broadcast and online.

    Your knowledge will be enhanced by completing a History course that provides an invaluable overview of the development of western society from the ancient world to the present. As the course description says, you will consider ‘the politics and construction of western history, the use of evidence and sources by historians and the skills and practice of history itself.’ A Business course, Introduction to Public Relations, adds to your capacity to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.

    The Bachelor of Behavioural Science is a unique program that combines elements of psychology, political science, cultural studies and sociology. Integrating specialised knowledge developed in these social science disciplines, and with a strong focus on critical psychology, the program forges a connection between traditional psychology and social work. As a graduate, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to work with those who may be experiencing marginalisation or disadvantage. As part of the Behavioural Science you will complete an Internship which offers you the chance to apply your theoretical knowledge and to learn a whole lot more in a professional workplace.

  • Program outline

    CoursesNumber of courses
    Core Curriculum courses 3
    Academic Writing, Communication & Research course 1
    Compulsory Politics courses 3
    Elective Politics courses 4
    Compulsory Journalism courses 3
    Elective Journalism courses 4
    Compulsory History course 1
    Compulsory Business course 1
    Behavioural Science courses 12
    Total number of courses in the double degree 32

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer in 2020 and 2021.

  • Study abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Career opportunities

    The transferable skills from Bachelor of Arts (P&J) are sought after by many employers. Combining these skills with knowledge and skills from Behavioural Science, which helps you understand individual and group behaviours, would set you apart from the crowd.

    Career opportunities include: diplomatic service officer, Member of Parliament, electorate officer, political campaign assistant, social research officer, public affairs consultant, media advisor, change manager, human rights worker, intelligence analyst, social media manager, aid worker/humanitarian worker and policy analyst.

  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism) / Bachelor of Behavioural Science BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2020

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study<5N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    <5 N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    <5 N/A
    • where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    <5 N/A
    • on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks &   recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    International students<5 N/A
    All students<5100.0%

    TABLE 2b – Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism) / Bachelor of Behavioural Science ATAR PROFILE DATA FOR APPLICANTS ENTERING ON THE BASIS OF RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE

    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer73.30N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer73.30N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer



    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Students not accepted in this category
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism) / Bachelor of Behavioural Science, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on