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Career outcomes

Our psychology graduates have pursued careers as:

  • child care worker
  • clinical psychologist
  • career counsellor
  • consumer psychologist
  • school psychologist
  • welfare support officer
  • deployment consultant
  • research assistant
  • case worker
  • juvenile justice officer
  • drug and alcohol counsellor
  • advertising agent

About psychology

Psychology is the study of human mind and behaviours. Psychologists put that knowledge to work in all sorts of fields, from counselling to teaching to market research. When you study psychology, you’ll discover the inner workings of the mind and learn the skills to provide meaningful insight and support to others, when they need it most. You’ll also be learning with some of the world’s best with our psychology research ranked equal first in Australia.* *Four-digit FoRs, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015

Choose your own path

To register as a psychologist in Australia, you must complete six years of full-time training. We offer a number of paths to reach this magic number, with two three-year APAC-accredited undergraduate psychology degrees and postgraduate programs in psychology that include masters degrees in professional, clinical, and educational and developmental psychology. As a student with us, you can choose the best combination of courses to achieve your goals. 

Facilities and clinics

Your psychology studies will give you more than just the theory. During your postgraduate studies you’ll learn in our clinic facilities, where you'll work with real clients under the supervision of registered psychologists. The Melbourne Psychology Clinic and the Mary Aikenhead Clinic – the Strathfield Psychology and Counselling Clinic – offer counselling and psychological assessments to the general community at a low cost and allow you to get practical experience as part of your degree.

Professional recognition

When you study with us, you’re accessing teaching that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia. You’ll learn from practitioners and clinicians who are actively involved in professional associations and community services, and gain real-world insights from respected industry professionals.

Study overseas

A degree at ACU can lead you to study just about anywhere in the world. You’ll have the opportunity to study core units at our Rome campus or choose to study for a semester or two at one of our partner universities in Asia, Europe and the Americas. The big question is, where can psychology take you?

Meet our students and staff

Student profile

Toltu Tufa

Master of Professional Psychology

“My passion is helping people in diverse communities to get better access to health care, particularly for mental health. If you have a healthy mind and a healthy perception, you are more likely to achieve your goals. I believe it’s all about mental state. ACU helped me achieve the right mindset to finish my studies, so now I can facilitate a similar mindset with people I work with.”

Staff profile Dr Leah Brennan

Dr Leah Brennan

Deputy Head of the School of Psychology

Associate Professor Leah Brennan specialises in the application of psychology approaches to understanding and treating eating, weight and body image concerns. She is particularly interested in the development, evaluation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for the treatment in these areas.

Associate Professor Brennan works closely with a range of hospital, community and private treatment services to maximise the impact of her research.

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