Are you curious about the mind? Study psychology and take a closer look at human behaviours, personalities, mental states, the brain and its processes.

Get work-ready

Kickstart your career in the psychology industry with one of the largest psychology departments in Australia and follow a pathway that will help you help others everyday. We collaborate with government agencies, public and private organisations, hospitals and other universities to provide you with courses that match what's happening in the industry. A balance of theory behind human behaviour and practical placements from your first year will ensure you're ready for the real-world.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

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Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

This course allows you to pursue psychology as your central major, while also exploring your choice of other arts majors like anthropology, language and culture, gender and sexuality and many more. You'll have the option to apply for further study, which once successfully completed allows you to pursue registration as a psychologist – or apply psychology to a range of other career areas.

Bachelor of Psychological Science

This course fully engages you in psychology study; in addition to core units, it allows you to choose from specialised electives to further refine your knowledge and career outcomes. You also have the option to apply for further study (psychology honours, or the Graduate Diploma of Psychology), allowing you to pursue registration as a psychologist if accepted into either program.

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Similar to the Bachelor of Psychological Science, this course offers extensive psychology study with specialised electives. Additionally, it also guarantees a direct place into a fourth year of psychology study, the honours component (dependent on academic performance). This course is the perfect starting place for those intending to become a registered psychologist.

Career opportunities

The skills you'll learn in a psychology course are in high demand in many careers, even outside of professional psychology. Some graduates will go on to be psychologists but many others will work in complementary professions or in entirely different fields. 

A psychology course can could lead to work in:

  • business organisations
  • community sport
  • community service
  • counselling
  • education
  • government agencies
  • hospitals
  • private practice
  • protective services
  • schools
  • universities
  • health services.

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

Dinisha Parmar

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)


All of our psychology courses meet the requirements for graduates to register as general psychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Psychology careers

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 pursue roles in complementary professions or entirely different fields.

Careers in psychology-related fields are always evolving; there are plenty of opportunities to tailor your studies aimed towards specific areas you're interested in – including some you may not have considered.

Learn more about career opportunities for psychology graduates

Finish your degree work-ready

When you study with us, we provide the unique opportunity to undertake a supported placement in a public mental health service. This is available because of our close partnerships with Eastern Health and Barwon Health.

Who we work with

Studying psychology at Deakin gives you access to our wide range of industry connections and partnerships, including:

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

Research with us

Our researchers are bringing evidence to light on everything from child developmental concerns including autism and ADHD, ways of building better relationships, programs for tackling obesity, strategies for addressing addiction and violence, and ways to use new technologies to help those with mental illness. These are just some of our areas of expertise.

Learn more about researching with us

Discover psychology at Deakin

Careers in psychology – Storm’s story

Learn about how Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) helped Storm in her role as a Residential Care Worker for MacKillop Family Services. By studying psychology at Deakin, you’ll be ready to begin your journey towards becoming a registered psychologist, or pursue career opportunities in a variety of different industries.

Careers in psychology - Danielle's story

Learn about how Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) helped Danielle to prepare for her role at Ventia. By studying psychology at Deakin, you’ll be ready to begin your journey towards becoming a registered psychologist, or pursue career opportunities in a variety of different industries.

Careers in psychology - clinical psychologist

Hear from Dave about his journey to becoming a clinical psychologist, and how Deakin helped to prepare him for his work and research in men’s mental health.

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Students talk about their experiences studying psychology at Deakin.

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