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Psychology

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Explore the human mind by studying a psychology course at Deakin, while building the skills and knowledge to provide meaningful help and support.

 

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Take a look into the mind

Study the mind and its processes, behaviour and mental states. With increasing emphasis on mental health in modern society, a degree in psychology can propel you into almost any industry around the world. Equipped with professional recognition and hands-on work experience, our psychology graduates have embarked on a wide variety of careers, working for organisations such as Barwon Health, Cancer Council, Corrections Victoria and Monash IVF to name a few.

Disciplines within psychology

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Discover our stackable short courses

Deakin's stackable short courses are designed to give you maximum flexibility in minimum time. Each course can be undertaken individually or in parallel with others. Complete one for a standalone qualification or stack multiple towards a full Deakin degree.

Learn in the real world

Experience is invaluable, because in psychology  we draw on the 'human element': the ability to listen and empathise. At Deakin, we emphasise learning from real life, and we make this possible through our unique partnerships, peer-mentoring and transition-to-work activities.

Finish work-ready

You'll have opportunities to undertake work experience while you complete your course. The School of Psychology has valuable links with a diverse range of workplace partners. Practical experience is one of the most valuable skills you can provide to a prospective employer.

Get professional recognition

Our courses meet the requirements of
the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological
Society, and are accredited by the Australian Psychology
Accreditation Council. Being professionally recognised means you’ll graduate with excellent career opportunities.

Research excellence

As a research student, doors will open to collaborations with our external partners including industry, hospitals, businesses, local communities and support centres. Our expert supervisors will  guide your enquiry into human behaviour and help you make your mark in the research world.

I teach a unit that helps students understand the process behind behaviour change…who doesn't need to change at least one behaviour?

Dr Jaclyn Broadbent

Senior Lecturer

Undergraduate psychology majors at Deakin

We’re the only university in Victoria where you can study specialist psychology majors during your undergraduate degree. With Deakin, you can get a head start in your dream career with our three psychology-specific majors.

  • Learn to support the health and development of family systems with a child and family major.
  • Explore organisational behaviour, recruitment and change management by majoring in organisational studies.
  • Dive into criminology, forensic psychology and criminal justice issues with a major in forensic studies.
Shape your career

Shape your career

A psychology qualification can prepare you for many diverse, exciting career paths. While some psychology graduates go on to become registered psychologists, many others will apply their psychological expertise in roles in complementary professions or entirely different fields.

Explore our industry connections

Our close ties with industry mean that you benefit from courses that are matched to current industry practice, and a work placement elective that helps you graduate work-ready and with confidence. Our industry partnerships involve collaborations with government agencies, public and private organisations, hospitals and other universities, including:

  • Barwon Health
  • Eastern Health
  • People Measures
  • PeopleScape
  • FBG Group
  • National Australia Bank
  • Richmond Football Club.

To be confirmed in 2022 and beyond, subject to government restrictions.

Specialise with our unique majors

Specialise in an area of interest from the start of your psychology journey by studying one of our three majors in your undergraduate psychology degree. Prepare yourself well for a career or further study in an area you're passionate about.

Victoria's only postgrad organisational course

We have the only course in Victoria where you can study organisational psychology, learning how to increase team effectiveness and workplace productivity.

Find out more about organisational psychology

#1 university for student satisfaction

Get an experience at Deakin that is like no other. Join us to see for yourself why our students have voted us #1 for student satisfaction in Victoria for 12 years running^.

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The first step to building your dream psychology career is to find the course that's right for you.

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Get in touch

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+Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of media references.
^Year on year, our undergraduate students are the most-satisfied students of all Victorian universities. Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2021 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).