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Can i do UNSW double degree bachelor of commerce/science and major in accounting and psychology? Has anybody ever done this? I feel like it might sound stupid or be a waste of time :( Thank you!!
 

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It probably depends on whether you want to be a psychologist or an accountant? Since both lead to professional qualifications it might be wise to choose one or the other? If psych is just something you want to dabble in, just for curiosity, then it might be a good option.

However, if you want to be a registered psychologist, you might want to focus on psych because you need at least an honours year, which can be quite competitive for entry.

Same goes for accounting. Not too sure about accounting, but I know that I’m actuarial studies, elective space is used to satisfy further accreditation (AIAA). With double degrees, most, if not all of your electives are used up by the additional degree, so you might not be able to use them for CA/CPA units (if that’s what you’re gunning for).
 

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It probably depends on whether you want to be a psychologist or an accountant? Since both lead to professional qualifications it might be wise to choose one or the other? If psych is just something you want to dabble in, just for curiosity, then it might be a good option.

However, if you want to be a registered psychologist, you might want to focus on psych because you need at least an honours year, which can be quite competitive for entry.

Same goes for accounting. Not too sure about accounting, but I know that I’m actuarial studies, elective space is used to satisfy further accreditation (AIAA). With double degrees, most, if not all of your electives are used up by the additional degree, so you might not be able to use them for CA/CPA units (if that’s what you’re gunning for).
Which uni would be better for studying Bachelor of Psychology (honours), USYD or UNSW
 

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Which uni would be better for studying Bachelor of Psychology (honours), USYD or UNSW
Not too sure... it’s probably best to choose a course that guarantees an honours pathway, as you need to complete honours in order to become a registered psychologist. If you’re deadset on becoming a psychologist, it might be in your best interests to go to a less competitive uni (WSU, ACU, MQ) so you can increase your chances at getting into honours. If you want to do clinical psych, you need to do a masters degree in addition to honours, so again, it might be better to go to a less competitive uni so you can secure a spot.
 

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Not too sure... it’s probably best to choose a course that guarantees an honours pathway, as you need to complete honours in order to become a registered psychologist. If you’re deadset on becoming a psychologist, it might be in your best interests to go to a less competitive uni (WSU, ACU, MQ) so you can increase your chances at getting into honours. If you want to do clinical psych, you need to do a masters degree in addition to honours, so again, it might be better to go to a less competitive uni so you can secure a spot.
Wouldn't the uni prestige be just as important?
 

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Wouldn't the uni prestige be just as important?
Not really. The process to becoming a clinical psychologist is a long path, with many roadblocks, so anyone completing that pathway will most likely land a job, no matter what uni they graduate from. Since honours is research based, you’d need a good rapport with the academic staff - it’s probably easier to get close with the academics at a smaller uni (probably more likely that they’ll want to mentor students as well).
 

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Not really. The process to becoming a clinical psychologist is a long path, with many roadblocks, so anyone completing that pathway will most likely land a job, no matter what uni they graduate from. Since honours is research based, you’d need a good rapport with the academic staff - it’s probably easier to get close with the academics at a smaller uni (probably more likely that they’ll want to mentor students as well).
Do you know if this is true for other degrees too? I've heard from ppl that for law, medicine and engineering employers care a lot about the uni you went to.
 

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Do you know if this is true for other degrees too? I've heard from ppl that for law, medicine and engineering employers care a lot about the uni you went to.
For engineering, employers don't care what uni you went to as long as its reputable. If you went to top school in the US like MIT/Caltech, sure that will have a big impact, but whether you went to USYD or Macquarie isn't going to make a big difference.
 

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Do you know if this is true for other degrees too? I've heard from ppl that for law, medicine and engineering employers care a lot about the uni you went to.
The uni sometimes matters if you're gunning for 'top tier' companies, like the big 4 auditors (commerce) or the big 6 law firms. Since spots are competitive, such firms tend to recruit from the more prestigious unis. However, the prestige of a uni won't matter for smaller firms - as long as you've got your degree, it doesn't matter if it's from wollongong or unsw.

In terms of medicine, everyone is thrown into the hospital system so uni really doesn't matter, as long as you have an accredited medical degree. Uni prestige might make a difference for the more competitive specialties like ophthalmology (where they take like 1 trainee a year), but for less competitive specialties like GP, prestige won't have a big impact, if any at all.
 

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For engineering, employers don't care what uni you went to as long as its reputable. If you went to top school in the US like MIT/Caltech, sure that will have a big impact, but whether you went to USYD or Macquarie isn't going to make a big difference.
The uni sometimes matters if you're gunning for 'top tier' companies, like the big 4 auditors (commerce) or the big 6 law firms. Since spots are competitive, such firms tend to recruit from the more prestigious unis. However, the prestige of a uni won't matter for smaller firms - as long as you've got your degree, it doesn't matter if it's from wollongong or unsw.

In terms of medicine, everyone is thrown into the hospital system so uni really doesn't matter, as long as you have an accredited medical degree. Uni prestige might make a difference for the more competitive specialties like ophthalmology (where they take like 1 trainee a year), but for less competitive specialties like GP, prestige won't have a big impact, if any at all.
So then a follow up question, a computer science degree is 3 years at Wollongong and 4 at USYD/UNSW and software eng is 5 years at UTS,UNSW, USYD. Would I be wasting time and money by not doing the 3 year degree at Wollongong instead of the more reputable unis?
 

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So then a follow up question, a computer science degree is 3 years at Wollongong and 4 at USYD/UNSW and software eng is 5 years at UTS,UNSW, USYD. Would I be wasting time and money by not doing the 3 year degree at Wollongong instead of the more reputable unis?
Not sure where you’re getting your numbers from - UNSW and USYD do a 3 year BSc (CompSc) degree, and Software Eng is 4 years at all unis - UTS extends to 5 with the optional 1 year DipProfPrac.

The choice of uni is up to you - this will depend on where you live, and what you want to do. Of course, you’d want to choose something closer to home so you don’t have to commute as much, and you’d want to pick a uni that offers your preferred major.

I know a few people that changed from Software eng to CS because they couldn’t be bothered doing the extra year of uni. Software engineer is not a protected title (unlike other engineers) so you don’t necessarily need a BEng(Software) degree to be one. Hell, it’s possible that you could have a software engineer role (and legally call yourself a seng) without a degree - maybe you’re a self taught computer whiz.
 

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