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Helping make sense of the modern world and our place in it

Psychology is the study of the human mind, its systems and influences. Psychologists help people and the community improve mental health and wellbeing, and to find solutions to issues with learning, performance, relationships, and societal cohesiveness. Mental illness is a serious and widespread issue in Australia, with 20% of people aged 16-85 experiencing a mental illness each year, and more than half suffering from mental illness in during their life. As a result, the demand for the high-level skills of qualified psychologists has never been higher.

UNE has a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Psychology designed to meet this need and which are recognised and respected by professional bodies, registration agencies and other universities throughout Australia and the world.

Our courses examine functions and behaviours such as learning, emotion, perception, memory, language, consciousness, and brain function, as well as the biological processes that drive them. They also cover applied topics such as sustainability psychology, sports psychology, and the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

All staff are highly qualified, conducting research and teaching in a diverse range of psychology topic areas and most of our courses are available for online study.

Explore our Psychology courses now. 

Courses by study level

Bachelor of Arts

Even though one of our longest-standing degrees, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) is still relevant in today’s rapidly changing world. It equips you with the creative, critical and analytical skills in demand by employers, and is transferable across a range of workplaces.

Majors include: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient History, Ancient Near East, Archaeology, Australian History, Chinese, Classical Languages, Criminology, Cultural Heritage, English, French, German, History, Human Geography, Indigenous Studies, Indonesian, Islamic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Linguistics, Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Music, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Political and International Studies, Physical Geography, Psychology, Screen and Media Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Studies in Religion, Theatre and Performance, and Writing.

When you study a BA at UNE, you will become a specialist in a discipline of your choice, with the freedom to explore related subjects or a range of different topics.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Do you want to understand more about what drives human behaviour? Gain in-depth knowledge of the scientific study of human behaviour, as well as research and analytical experience, with UNE’s innovative Bachelor of Psychological Science. Delivered flexibly online or on campus, our accredited three-year undergraduate degree is designed to give you a balanced education with a psychology focus. With the freedom to choose electives from any unit offered by UNE, and opportunities to focus your study with a Counselling major or Criminology minor, our course allows you to future proof your career by developing transferable skills that are highly valued in the workplace and opens doors to further advanced study in psychology.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

By studying UNE’s Bachelor of Social Science degree you will develop a comprehensive and valuable understanding of human societies and social thought, behaviour and relationships in their varied social, psychological and political manifestations, with potential for a rewarding career in social science related areas.  You will get a thorough grounding in sociology and psychology, plus you can choose from a broad range of majors including political studies, philosophy, international studies, and criminology to satisfy your interests, research and work. The skills you will learn in research, critical analysis and evaluation are transferable across a range of employment opportunities, future proofing your career.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Pursue a career in the diverse and rapidly changing field of psychology with UNE’s accredited Bachelor of Psychology with Honours. Graduate with eligibility for provisional registration as a psychologist, which will set you on the pathway to obtain general registration and develop your scientific understanding of human behaviour and psychology research. Work with our world-class academic staff to produce an original research thesis and prepare for further postgraduate training in psychology.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Contribute to world class research by completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours at UNE. Position yourself with advanced science knowledge in an era of rapid change. Our honours course goes beyond the normal practical and field training and provides you with a wide range of cross-disciplinary applied research opportunities to foster your development as a skilled research professional.

We offer a range of majors spanning the pure and applied sciences, working with UNE’s internationally recognised research disciplines. Our flexible, innovative learning environment equips you with advanced discipline knowledge and skills in critical thinking, data analysis and problem-solving to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

As a high achiever, honours is an extra year of study after completing your undergraduate degree. UNE’s Bachelor of Social Science with Honours allows you to extend your studies in psychology or sociology, to build on knowledge and skills in social science theory while undertaking research in your chosen topic.

Honours is a valuable, additional qualification that improves career prospects, plus you'll have the option to proceed to higher degree studies — either a masters or PhD. With an honours degree, your skills in critical analysis and research will be transferable across a range of fields, future proofing your career.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Adapt to an evolving workplace and open the door to new career opportunities with UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice. Whether you want to create more career choices, hone your specialist skills, or take a new career direction, we will work with you to customise a course to match your skills and aspirations.

Choose from a full breadth of subjects. Avoid getting bogged down in a lengthy, traditional course, and instead, play to your natural strengths, refine your skills and draw on your experience to prepare for the future. And do it all with the support of an expert academic success advisor with 1:1 guidance from start to finish.

Duration
  • 0.5 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online

Design a bespoke course and prepare for a rapidly evolving workplace with the UNE Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice. Whether you want to advance your career, hone your skills or embark on a new career direction, we’ll work with you to design a course to match your skills and aspirations. You will have the freedom to assemble your course from a full breadth of subjects, play to your strengths and draw from your experience to achieve your goals. Learn in a way that suits your timeframe and do it all with the support of an expert academic success advisor — with one-on-one guidance from start to finish. You’ll be paving your pathway to the next stage of your career.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online

Develop the skills you need to pivot in your career with UNE’s Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Our course is ideal for people who have completed a degree in any discipline who are interested in a career in professional psychology, but who do not have an accredited undergraduate psychology major. Designed as a bridging course to fourth-year psychology programs and beyond, you can gain the knowledge you need to start on the pathway to a career in psychology today.

Duration
  • 1.5 years full-time
  • Up to 5 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Gain the skills you need to practice as a provisional psychologist with UNE’s Master of Professional Psychology, an accredited fifth year degree on the 5+1 internship pathway to General Registration as a psychologist. Our flexibly-delivered, innovative course provides you with advanced knowledge of evidence-based approaches to psychological assessment and intervention. Future proof your career in this diverse and dynamic profession by ensuring you are equipped to provide high-quality psychological services for clients across the lifespan.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
Mode
  • Online

Future proof your career in the rapidly changing world of clinical psychology by adding advanced clinical skills and the practical training necessary to pursue an Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical Psychology. UNE’s accredited Master of Psychology (Clinical) prepares you for clinical practice in this diverse field. You will complete an internal placement in our state-of-the-art UNE Psychology Clinic guided by a dedicated, experienced clinical team, and graduate empowered to provide specialist evidence-based psychological services for a wide range of clients across the lifespan.

If you are a registered psychologist seeking to upskill, take advantage of flexible online study options and enhance your credentials with us.

Duration
  • 2 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

A Doctor of Philosophy is the pinnacle of academic study. Using rigorous and systematic research, combined with critical analysis, you will add to society’s understanding of complex issues at the cutting edge of your discipline or profession.

When you complete your PhD at UNE, you will be recognised as an expert in your area of study. Your original discoveries and innovations will be applied to benefit society and industry in Australia and worldwide.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

High quality research and analysis allows us to better understand the complex issues we face in industry and society. With UNE’s Master of Philosophy by research, your original findings and insights will add to the body of knowledge and inform decision making in your specialist area.

You will work independently, with personalised support from recognised experts in your area of study every step of the way. Expand your expertise, hone your research skills, and immediately apply your knowledge in a research topic of your choice.

Duration
  • 1.5 or 2 years full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
  • Bespoke Graduate Certificate: design your own 4 unit postgraduate course and have your work experience recognised in the process.
  • ‘Fundamental’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four fundamental units from a traditional degree. If you are planning a new direction, or adding a new set of skills to your portfolio, you may want to start with this option. These units provide a foundation, or a ‘base camp’, to return to if you want to later progress to a full degree.
  • ‘Advanced’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four advanced units from a full degree. This is a great strategy for staying current in your field, or advancing your knowledge.
  • ‘Critical Content’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four units from any of the available units in a degree to create a Critical Content Bespoke Course. This option lets you get the knowledge you need without the time and cost of a full degree.
  • ‘Mix and Match’ Bespoke Course: combine two, three or four units from different degrees and disciplines to design your mix and match Bespoke Course. This option lets you diversify your knowledge.

What our students say

Bachelor of Psychological Science student Daina Sinozic in black jacket

I’ve been lucky enough to have learnt from some incredible people in the School of Psychology and would love to do my thesis with one of them as my supervisor.

Daina Sinozic, Bachelor of Psychological Science student

Why study with us?

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Where studying Psychology can take you

When you gain a psychology qualification from UNE you may find employment in a wide range of public, private and non-profit settings. Examples include:

  • counselling services
  • market research
  • health and community services
  • schools
  • hospitals
  • community health services
  • academic and applied research settings
  • judicial system and corrective services
  • defence forces
  • private practice.

A career in Psychology

Psychologists are in strong demand in a range of settings. A psychology qualification will ensure you are ideally placed to meet this demand and make a real difference to people when they are at their most vulnerable. 

Bachelor of Criminology (Honours)
Sarah-Jane Bowers

I am definitely considering UNE for my Masters in Psychology, as this institution offers a diverse range of electives and areas of specialisation that can be tapped into as resources for success!

Sport and Exercise Psychologist
Emma Slade

I enjoyed the ability to undertake elective units alongside core units to support my areas of interest and future career.

Bachelor of Psychology with Honours student
Kaya Ra Edwards

The lecturers and tutors in have a diverse range of experience and knowledge. This has given me comprehensive insight into the different topics in psychology, as well as many possible career paths.

The Australian Government's Job Outlook website predicts ‘very strong growth’ in demand for psychologists in the medium to long to jobs market, with the average weekly pay in 2019 being $1857.  

A five-star experience

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What happens next?

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1. Decide on your course

Got any questions about a course you would like to study? Don’t hesitate to contact us, our Future Student team is standing by to help.

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2. Apply

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3. Receive an offer, enrol and start studying

Your start date is based on the study period you choose to apply for.