Psychology pathways

Undergraduate psychology courses at Deakin are uniquely flexible. You’ll be exposed to diverse areas of learning, including behavioural and clinical neuroscience, child and adolescent psychology, relationships and the psychology of groups, personality, cognitive psychology and psychopathology.

This 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.


Career outcomes

Psychology students gain an understanding of human behaviour, skills in critical thinking, reasoning, reading, writing and research methods. These skills are in high demand in several careers, as well as in professional psychology.

To become a registered psychologist, you’ll need to undertake at least four years of academic study: an approved three-year undergraduate course, plus either an honours year or the Graduate Diploma of Psychology. While some graduates will go on to be psychologists, many will work in complementary professions or in entirely different fields, from marketing to policy research.

Find out where a career in psychology can take you

Undergraduate

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

Our undergraduate options

CourseDurationCampus
Bachelor of Psychological Science 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent Melbourne Burwood
Geelong Waurn Ponds
Warrnambool
Cloud
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent Melbourne Burwood
Geelong Waurn Ponds
Warrnambool*
Cloud
Bachelor of Psychology (Professional Streams) 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent Melbourne Burwood
Geelong Waurn Ponds
Warrnambool
Cloud

* The fourth year (Honours year) of study is only offered at Melbourne (Burwood), Geelong (Waterfront), and Cloud (Online).

Other undergraduate options

If you would like to couple your psychology studies with another field of study, you can still complete a psychology major (allowing you to be eligible for fourth year study) through the following courses:

CourseDurationCampus
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent Melbourne Burwood
Geelong Waurn Ponds
Cloud

Bachelor of Health Sciences
(Majors:psychological science or psychology for professional development*) 
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent Melbourne Burwood
Geelong Waurn Ponds
Warrnambool
Cloud

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science 4 years full time Melbourne Burwood
Geelong Waterfront
Warrnambool

Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent Melbourne Burwood
Geelong Waurn Ponds
Cloud

*The Psychology for Professional Development major sequence does not contain a sufficient number of credit points to be eligible for fourth year study.


Fourth-year study

Students who complete an undergraduate degree can enrol in an approved 'fourth year' of study in psychology. This may be either honours in psychology or the Graduate Diploma of Psychology if you studied psychology as an undergraduate student.

If you complete an undergraduate degree in a different field, you may be eligible to complete our Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Pre-Practice), which comprises undergraduate psychology units in the first year and fourth-year psychology units in the second year of study.

Completion of a fourth year is required for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. The fourth year combines coursework and an in-depth research project with an academic advisor.

Our fourth-year options

Course Duration CAMPUS
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)  4 years full-time or part-time equivalent, although honours is just one year of the course  Melbourne Burwood  Geelong Waurn Ponds  Warrnambool
Cloud
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent Melbourne Burwood 
Geelong Waterfront
Cloud 
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours) 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent Melbourne Burwood 
Geelong Waterfront
Cloud
Graduate Diploma of Psychology1 year full-time or part-time equivalentMelbourne Burwood
Geelong Waterfront
Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Pre-Practice)2 years full-time or part-time equivalentMelbourne Burwood
Geelong Waurn Ponds
Cloud

Study psychology at Deakin

Hear about psychology students' experiences of studying at Deakin, as well as the unique opportunities they've had to excel – through their honours degree, further study or research.

Provisional registration

If you'd like to become a psychologist, you’ll need to undertake at least four years of academic study: an approved three-year undergraduate course, plus either an honours year or the Graduate Diploma of Psychology. 

You can then register as a provisional psychologist while you undertake a minimum of two years further training to achieve general registration as a psychologist. 

Currently, these two years can be done as an approved internship under the supervision of a registered psychologist, or, increasingly, as a two- or three-year postgraduate degree (a Master or Doctor of Psychology) that incorporates clinical work experience and coursework.

You must be a registered psychologist to practise as a psychologist and to use the title of psychologist.

Postgraduate pathways to clinical practice

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) has been designed in consultation with our industry partners to help you develop the academic, practical and research skills necessary to register as a psychologist and to practise as a clinical psychologist.

It’s based on an integrative approach to clinical psychology that emphasises evidence-based practice.

Learn more about the Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Master of Psychology (Organisational)

Throughout Deakin's Master of Psychology (Organisational), you’ll acquire the academic, practical and research skills required for accreditation and registration to enter this specialty profession. 

You can then find employment either as a practising organisational psychologist, or as an employee in one of the many organisations and industries employing psychologists. 

Learn more about the Master of Psychology (Organisational)

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

The Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) provides you with the opportunity to obtain high-level professional training in clinical psychology.

You’ll undertake a program of independent, supervised research that makes a significant original contribution to knowledge and practice in the discipline of clinical psychology.

Learn more about the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

Deakin recognised the importance in providing opportunities and first-hand experiences within the health field, which is becoming increasingly important."

Dinisha Parmar

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Conduct research in psychology

You might find that your interest in psychology is research-based rather than clinical. In that case, consider a research PhD from Deakin. 

Our staff and students are interested in a number of fascinating research areas, including:

  • clinical psychology
  • health psychology
  • social and mental health
  • adolescent health
  • risk behaviours
  • body image and disordered eating
  • drugs and alcohol
  • eye-witness testimony
  • treatment of offenders
  • human sexuality
  • healthy ageing and depression among older people
  • quality of life
  • relationships
  • human factors such as auditory and visual perception
  • organisational psychology in healthcare settings.