Study opportunities

You could also study in a different country or become an active member of our student society.

Experience the industry

Third year students enrolled in the Transitioning to Work unit will undertake a work placement of 140 hours in a psychology-related role.

Students are required to source the placement themselves, which allows the opportunity to find a placement in a specific area of interest to them and their future employment possibilities.

The placement is designed to increase students' capabilities in eight key competency areas:

  • communication 
  • team work 
  • self-awareness 
  • problem solving
  • critical thinking 
  • initiative 
  • reliability
  • planning/organising.

Students must source a placement that allows them to display or develop these competency areas. 

Some examples of tasks undertaken on placements so far include:

  • assisting with preparation of materials for workshops/training sessions designed to develop teams
  • scoring psychological assessment tools
  • placement with the Department of Health and Human Services in Child Protection Services
  • assisting researchers with specific parts of a study and recruiting participants
  • shadowing outreach workers in a community setting
  • writing summary reports of meetings with clients
  • assisting with development and delivery of youth outreach programs.

At Deakin I had the opportunity to undertake a work placement program, where I researched therapies for people with mental disabilities.

Jamie Plumridge

Psychology student

Psychology pathways

Studying psychology at Deakin means you can tailor our flexible degrees to set you up for what you’d like to do after you graduate, whether that’s looking for a job straightaway, pursuing postgraduate study with the aim of becoming a practising psychologist or conducting research in psychology.

Find out more about psychology pathways

Study where – and when – you like

Our undergraduate program is available both on campus and online. You can choose to study face-to-face, online or a mix of both.

'Online' no longer means 'alone'; the same level of interaction and support from our staff is available however you choose to study.

Find out more about studying online

International travel

Study part of your degree overseas and you'll experience a completely different perspective. You'll study alongside students from your host country, gain insights into local organisations and learn more about the culture than a tourist ever could.

There are a number of ways you can add travel to your degree, from short-term study tours to our immersive Global Citizenship Program.

Learn more about overseas study

Join the Society

The Deakin University Psychological Society (DUPS) is one of Deakin's most active student societies, helping psychology students from every year get to know each other outside of class.

As well as social get-togethers and movie nights, DUPS runs essay and report-writing workshops, career information seminars and takes advantage of links with industry.

Supervisor training for psychologists

The School of Psychology offers a full training program, and master classes, for registered psychologists who are seeking a supervisor endorsement. The training is in line with the Psychology Board of Australia's 'Guidelines for supervisors and supervisor training providers'.

Learn more about supervisor training for psychologists

Psychology registration

Deakin's psychology sequence is recognised by both the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society. Find out how your studies and training can lead to registration as a psychologist.

Find out more about psychology registration