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Think about it: the many uses of a psychology degree

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[:en]Why is studying psychology so popular? From Australia to the UK and even in Singapore, there has been an increasing interest in psychology study over the last 10 years.

It makes sense that many people would be interested in learning more about our minds and why we think and act the way we do.

An increasing understanding of the importance of mental health means that the need for qualified psychology professionals has never been higher. In fact, the number of people working as psychologists and psychotherapists in Australia has grown strongly over the last five years. That growth is expected to continue, from 37,500 in 2018 to 48,800 by 2023. Most psychologists earn above-average incomes, with $100,568 the average psychologist salary in Australia.

One of the things that makes psychology such a popular study area is that becoming a registered psychologist is not the only career pathway. In fact, many people discover that there is a wide world of opportunities open to a psychology graduate. Think about it: understanding human behaviour is useful across so many different industries.

More businesses are starting to recognise the benefits of psychology professionals, who can provide valuable input and implement strategies for things such as how to effectively market products to customers, or how to manage and motivate staff more effectively. Many psychology graduates pursue careers in the justice system, health and human services, community services, or social work. Others move in to research, public health and government roles, using their knowledge to shape policy. Plus there are opportunities in education, helping to improve learning outcomes.

Learn from the best at Deakin
Are you interested in human behaviour and why people think, feel and behave the way they do? You can turn your curiosity into a career with a world-class psychology qualification from Deakin University, Australia.

Deakin is ranked in the top 1% of all universities worldwide for psychology (QS), and is one of the top 50 young universities in the world (QS). Our Bachelor of Psychological Science explores clinical and behavioural psychology, and focuses on the effect our mental health has on our relationships and wellbeing. The Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) allows you to combine your study of psychology with other areas, from sociology to creative writing. Both degrees explore diverse psychology subjects, allowing you to identify which areas interest you most.

Deakin also offers a number of other degrees that help you to combine the study of psychology with other related areas. You might be interested in the:

  • Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Marketing (Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)
  • Master of Psychology (Organisational)

All of the psychology degrees offered at Deakin meet the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), translating into excellent job and career opportunities for graduates. Plus, Deakin’s state-of-the-art psychology facilities give you access to ground-breaking technology.

Psychology graduates have particularly high employment prospects, especially when they have studied at Deakin. Our industry partnerships help students and researchers launch successful careers.

Interested in pursuing further study to become a psychologist? Both the Bachelor of Psychological Science and the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) are a pathway to a fourth year level of psychology study (honours or graduate diploma e.g. Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced)). After completing your fourth year, you will be eligible to apply to gain provisional registration as a psychologist. If you wish to pursue general registration as a psychologist, you can then apply to continue your study by undertaking a postgraduate psychology degree. With further training after your postgraduate degree, you can also apply for an area of practice endorsement, in areas such as clinical psychology, community psychology, organisational psychology and forensic psychology.

‘I have always been interested in psychology: cognitive processes, what causes a behaviour, and what contributes to a person’s personality. But my knowledge about psychology was a bit narrow. Studying at Deakin has opened my eyes to a broader idea of what psychology is and most importantly what I can do with the degree that I hold.’ Wan, former Deakin psychology student.
Deakin scholarship opportunities for Singaporean students
Deakin is committed to helping students achieve their full potential. The Deakin Singapore Health Bursary is a 20% scholarship for high-achieving international students applying for certain undergraduate or postgraduate health degrees. Students from Singapore who apply to study the Bachelor of Psychological Science are automatically assessed for eligibility – there is no need to apply for the scholarship separately.

Deakin also offers a wide range of other scholarships to support students – including two major scholarships specifically for international students.

Explore your future in psychology
Join the following webinars to find out more!

Webinar Time and date Registration
Psychology: Coping in lockdown: Effects of COVID-19 on Australian men and fathers
Presenter: Dr Jacqui Macdonald
Monday 12 October 2020
12.30pm SGT
Register here
Psychology: Relationships during lockdown: The effects of COVID-19 on human connection
Presenter: Associate Professor Gery Karantzas
Tuesday 13 October 2020
12.30pm SGT
Register here

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