School of Psychology

Psychology History

Psychology first introduced

Psychology was first introduced at Deakin University when Monash Teachers College became Rusden State College and psychology was offered as a major sequence in the Bachelor of Education at Rusden. It was offered as a major sequence in the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus when Deakin University was established in the 1970s.

When Rusden became part of Victoria College, Psychology was offered on the Rusden and Toorak campuses to students in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and the Bachelor of Applied Science. A range of studies was also offered through cross-faculty enrolments. The Australian Psychological Society (APS) accredited a three-year sequence, supplemented by a fourth year qualification for Associate Membership. At the same time, a psychology sequence was offered to students in the Bachelor of Arts (Disability Studies) at the Melbourne Burwood Campus and this course received its APS accreditation in 1992.

By 1994, this award had been merged into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies) in the School of Studies in Disability. When Victoria College amalgamated with Deakin University in 1992, the psychology courses on all campuses became consistent with one another and shared common content which is recognised by the APS.

Bachelor of Applied Science

In 1995, a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) was offered for the first time at both the Melbourne and Geelong campuses in the then Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences; a major sequence in Psychology was also offered on and off campus as part of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees through the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science and Technology. A four-year sequence leading to a BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) was made available, as well as a three-year sequence in a BA or BSc degree, followed by a Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Other postgraduate degrees in the areas of clinical psychology, health psychology, forensic psychology and industrial and organisational psychology followed.

Bachelor of Psychology

In 2006, a four-year Bachelor of Psychology was introduced at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. The four-year degree incorporates the fourth year of psychology, which has in the past been offered separately as either an honours year or the alternative graduate diploma in psychology. The three-year Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) continues to be offered at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, as well as a combined degree Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology). Fourth year honours and graduate diploma programs in psychology will continue, as will the major three-year undergraduate sequence in psychology, which is part of many bachelor degrees in the University. All psychology awards are taught by the School of Psychology, one of the five Schools in the Faculty of Health.

Waurn Ponds campus in 1970

The past meets the future:

Waurn Ponds campus in the 1970s (above) and the new Burwood Highway frontage building (below) that will house the School of Psychology from mid-2014.


New Psychology building

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

29th November 2013