Welcome to the School of Psychology


Studying psychology at undergraduate level gives you entry to one of the fastest growing professions in the world.

Employment prospects for psychology graduates are ranked in the top 20% of all professions, and this is projected to rise to the top 1% by 2016-2020.

The rich diversity of employment opportunities and number of jobs make studying psychology attractive. Our graduates work in mental and general health settings, the criminal justice system, business and industry, education, media, marketing, sports, and, of course, research.

Deakin's School of Psychology is one of the largest and most progressive psychology departments in Australia. We are one of five Schools within the Faculty of Health, and have a strong presence in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool. At undergraduate level, almost a third of our students study online while they live and work in places as distant as Alaska, as remote as the North-West Kimberley, or as nearby as Footscray.

There are three things that really distinguish our teaching programs from others:

1. Relevance

  • Our undergraduate and postgraduate programs focus on providing the knowledge and skill-base that make our graduates highly valuable in the employment market.
  • We prepare our students knowing what employers require, how to present themselves to prospective employers, and how they can work over time to develop a fulfilling career.

2. Flexibility

  • We are national and international leaders in providing flexible learning options for students.
  • Our undergraduate program is entirely available online, so students can choose to study face-to-face or in the cloud environment (online) or a mix of both.
  • Deakin's trimester system allows students to fast-track their degree. You can complete your entire psychology degree in just two years, or space your study out over three trimesters in a year. This allows you to study part-time while you work or parent.

3. Study and career pathways

  • We offer a range of unparalleled postgraduate study and career options.
  • At postgraduate level, apart from the research degree options of PhD or Master by Research, students can undertake specialist professional training in Clinical, Health, Forensic, or Industrial/Organisational Psychology.
  • For students wishing not to become fully fledged psychologists but want to work in a profession that involves helping others, we also offer training in Counselling and Coaching Psychology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Survey results show that past students rate us highly. Many of our staff are recipients of national recognition for their teaching performance in the form of Australian Learning and Teaching Council and other awards. Our programs meet the relevant requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia and of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Find out more about our School, our teaching programs, our research strengths, our history and more general information about the field of Psychology and career pathways. Contact us if you require further information.

Thanks for your interest in our School. I look forward to welcoming you to Deakin University in the future.

Professor Greg Tooley, PhD
Head of School




Associate Professor Greg Tooley



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