What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and its processes, behaviour and mental states. Psychology is a multifaceted discipline and includes many different areas of study, such as human development, sports, health, clinical, social behavior and cognitive processes.

Why Deakin Psychology?

All of the psychology courses offered at Deakin meet the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society (APS)*, translating into excellent career opportunities for our graduates.

Deakin’s psychology courses offer practical units providing real-world experience. Deakin partners with a large number of diverse organisations in Australia and around the world, to offer many opportunities for practical experience, as well as career pathways. Deakin prepares you to demonstrate to prospective employers your ability to apply your knowledge in a practical setting.

Overall graduate satisfaction for Deakin psychology students is 87.3% (the highest rate in Victoria and well above the national benchmark)

(QILT 2018 report)

Victoria’s only postgraduate organisational psychology program

Combining Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science will make you rethink what we perceive as ‘crime’ and the social justice and rehabilitation that goes along with it. Offering you an accredited pathway in psychology, you’ll graduate ready to enter the workforce or continue your study in the pursuit of becoming a fully qualified psychologist.

Are you prepared to question the link between crime and human behaviour?

If you are interested in the many areas where psychology and criminology overlap, this is the degree for you. Whether it’s crime prevention or the subsequent justice and rehabilitation of offenders, the knowledge you will develop, paired with an understanding of the ‘why’ behind psychological science, will put you in high demand when starting your career.

By studying the two disciplines simultaneously, you will gain broad, theoretical, applied knowledge and skills concerning:

  • the meaning of crime
  • the forms, causes and consequences of crime
  • the different institutions and processes involved in preventing and controlling crime
  • policy development
  • policing and security.

The psychological science component of this double degree recognises the importance of, and interrelationships between, a range of human factors you will encounter in your future career. You will explore diverse areas of psychology, including behavioural neuroscience, cognitive psychology, forensic psychology and psychopathology, and be able to use this knowledge when analysing the causes and consequences of crime.

In this double degree, you will have the opportunity to complete a criminology practicum in your final year of study. This unit brings your new profession to the classroom (including online) with practitioner-driven seminars, activities bridging theory and practice, and the development of an e-portfolio that can be used for employment or career development.

Additionally you will get the chance to build real-world experience by electing to undertake the Psychology at Work (Internship) unit in your final year of study, giving you 140 hours of practical psychology industry placement, strengthening your employment prospects.

Promising career opportunities await in the areas of criminology and psychology. You may find employment in areas such as:

• government agencies
• state and federal police
• security and intelligence agencies
• research and policy development
• correctional services
• community services
• private security and consultative industries.

Students wanting to take the next step towards becoming a psychologist must apply for an honours year (e.g. Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or Graduate Diploma of Psychology). Once completed, you will be able to register as a provisional psychologist with the PBA.

If you are ready to take your psychology career further, the option to become a fully registered psychologist is available by undertaking a master’s or doctorate qualification in psychology.

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Deakin’s Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science develops your understanding of human behaviour, and helps to build the skills you need to become a competent and successful nurse. Armed with a wealth of real-world knowledge through your clinical placements, you will graduate ready for work as a registered nurse and be eligible to pursue further study towards qualification as a registered psychologist.

Do you have good communication and decision-making skills and want to make a genuine difference in people’s lives?

This combined degree helps you understand human personality, behaviour, emotion, underlying mental processes and the factors that lead people to differ in the ways they think and behave. You will graduate with solid clinical experience and the knowledge and skills to comprehensively care for patients and their families.

Nursing clinical placements begin in Trimester 1 of your first year, and continue throughout every trimester of the course, totalling 800 hours. Clinical placements support and consolidate your learning and are undertaken in various metropolitan, regional and rural health care settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners.

Deakin’s Clinical Simulation Centres provide flexible learning spaces that simulate clinical settings with state-of-the-art equipment designed to develop your practical skills, which are further consolidated through extensive clinical work placements. A wide range of units provide you with a scientific knowledge base for mental health practice, such as psychological testing and measurement, mental health promotion and research.

With so much diversity and growth in the healthcare sector, you will be in the best position possible to follow your interests and shape your future. The nursing component of your degree provides eligibility to become a registered nurse through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Similarly, the psychology stream of your degree is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and accredited by the Australian Psychological Society (APAC). This is the first step in your journey to becoming a qualified psychologist.

To progress your career in psychology, an approved fourth year of psychology study will allow you to apply for provisional registration with the PsyBA and seek associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society. In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists must then complete a minimum of two years of postgraduate study.

Upon completion of your studies you will be qualified to work in areas such as mental health rehabilitation, youth work, careers counselling, community development and work/life counselling in addition to more traditional nursing roles.

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Gain insight into why people think, feel and behave the way they do. You will uncover all aspects of human behaviour and personality, giving you the best possible foundation for further study in psychology to apply for provisional registration, or to pursue a range of careers in the fast-growing health sector.

Do you want to learn from psychology professionals, and be exposed to real-world workplace experience?

Deakin’s School of Psychology is one of the largest and most progressive psychology departments in Australia.

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

You will get the chance to build real-world experience by electing to undertake the Psychology at Work (Internship) unit in your final year of study, giving you 140 hours of practical industry placement, strengthening your employment prospects.

This course recognises the importance of, and interrelationships between, a range of human factors you will encounter in your future career. You will explore diverse areas of psychology, including:

  • behavioural and clinical neuroscience
  • child and adolescent psychology
  • human social behaviour
  • cognitive psychology
  • forensic psychology

You will also have the opportunity to develop your counselling and coaching skills through a suite of specialised elective units, or further explore topics including addiction and cognitive neuroscience.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia, and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration as a psychologist. The course is also accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Deakin’s School of Psychology has strong partnerships with industry, including collaborative activities with government agencies, public and private organisations, hospitals and other universities.

These partnerships ensure that your degree remains relevant to industry and workforce needs. You will be in high demand by employers who want graduates that are ready to face real-world problems with confidence.

If you are intending to become a psychologist, this course is the pathway to a 4th year level of study (honours or graduate diploma level). After completing a 4th year of study, you will be eligible to apply to register as a provisional psychologist. Students wishing to become fully registered psychologists can then apply to continue their study by undertaking one of the following:

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)
  • Master of Psychology (Organisational)
  • Doctor of Psychology (Clinical).

If your passion isn’t to complete further study to become a registered psychologist, there are still many diverse career options available, including:
– child protection
– counselling
– family support
– human services
– marketing
– not for profit aid
– public health
– social work.

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Understand human behaviour and gain registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia via Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). After a solid foundation in the elements of human behaviour, your Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) year allows you to pursue a career as a psychologist, and prepare yourself for postgraduate study.

Do you want to learn from industry professionals and begin a rewarding psychology career?

During your honours year, you will get the chance to build on your relevant undergraduate degree and learn an extended range of psychological assessment methods, as well as gain an understanding of the process of formulating psychological opinion in casework.

The research and analytical skills you develop in your honours year will strengthen the quality of your research projects, and become indispensable tools in your future career.

After successfully completing the Bachelor of Psychology (with honours) you will be well prepared for employment in a wide range of areas relevant to human wellbeing, such as social work, youth work, careers counselling, work/life counselling, developmental psychology, research psychology, or mental health rehabilitation.

Upon graduating, you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). If you would like to pursue full registration, you can go complete a master’s or doctorate that includes work placement. Students wishing to become fully registered psychologists can then apply to continue their study by undertaking one of the following:

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)
  • Master of Psychology (Organisational)
  • Doctor of Psychology (Clinical).
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The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (H603) offers students who have already successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any other discipline from a recognised university but who wish to change career path the opportunity to complete a major sequence in psychology without having to undertake a full-three-year degree.

This one-year Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (H603) is a 10-credit point course enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration as a psychologist. International students are required to complete all ten units over three consecutive trimesters in a 12 month period, therefore Trimester 3 is a compulsory trimester.

The course is designed to build upon and substantially enhance the knowledge and skills graduates from other disciplines have gained, by providing a broad overview of the discipline of psychology in one year of study. This degree allows students with an existing non-psychology degree to fast-track to a career in psychology. Graduates from this course who do not undertake the further study required to fully register as a psychologist are still highly employable in a variety of industries including the public sector and statutory bodies, community groups, non- governmental organisations and business (e.g., human resource management, market research).

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If you are a psychology graduate, undertake an additional year of study to get registered as a provisional psychologist.

The current requirements for registration as a provisional psychologist include the completion of four years of academic study of psychology that is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia. The academic program usually consists of an approved undergraduate psychology sequence followed by an approved fourth-year of study, such as Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology or honours in psychology.

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology Science consists of two components: coursework and a thesis.

The coursework component (consisting of classes and seminars) contributes 50% to the final grade awarded. Part time students must complete the coursework component in the first year of their course. As required by the accreditation guidelines of the Australian Psychological Society, the coursework covers:

  • research methods;
  • issues in psychological assessment; and
  • client-centred skills in practice

The thesis component contributes 50% to the final grade of honours awarded. The thesis is a write-up of an individual research project based on an original piece of empirical research. A range of types of data (qualitative, quantitative, subjective, objective) and a range of data-collection settings and methodologies can be used as the basis of the thesis component.

Following successful completion of an approved fourth-year of psychology study, you may apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists must then complete either two years of supervised practice, or a minimum two years of further study, which may include: Master of Psychology, Doctor of Psychology or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (with supervised practice completed outside the degree).

During the fourth-year of psychology study, students who have previously completed a relevant undergraduate degree learn a range of psychological assessment methods, plus get an understanding of the process of formulating psychological opinion in casework. The research and analytical skills you develop in your honours year will strengthen the quality of your research projects, and become indispensable tools in your future career. Possible career options include work in mental and general hospitals and clinics, business and industry, education, the criminal justice system, media, marketing, sport and research. If you choose to pursue full registration as a psychologist, you may find employment in a variety of settings including clinical, forensic, organisational, educational, health, sport and many other specialist areas.

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Become a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological and mental health conditions.

Based on an integrative approach to clinical psychology that emphasises evidence-based practice, this course has been designed in consultation with industry partners. Interrelated steams of theory, research and practice provide the skills needed to become a registered psychologist.

Our award winning teaching strategies and learning resources, include simulation and competency-based assessment approaches.

The course is based on the scientist/practitioner model that rests firmly on a foundation of established knowledge and current evidence-based research.

As a student in our clinical training programs, you will have opportunities to develop clinical skills in our unique clinics embedded in our public mental health partners, Eastern Health and Barwon Health and through placements in an array of community agencies. This lets you put your academic knowledge into real-life application, as well as develops your professional identity and practice through early adoption of supervision and professional learning plans.

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and recognised by Psychology Board of Australia, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and its College of Clinical Psychologists. On completion of the course you may apply to the Psychology Board of Australia for registration as a psychologist and to the APS for full membership.

Clinical psychologists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological and mental health conditions that range from mild to severe and complex. They are often involved in designing and implementing a diverse range of prevention and mental health promotion programs, and may work with infants, children, adolescents, adults and older adults.

Most clinical psychologists develop expertise in specific areas or practise in sub-specialisations of clinical psychology. In addition to professional practice, clinical psychologists may be involved in research, teaching and supervision, program development and evaluation, public policy and other activities that promote psychological health in individuals, families and groups.

Deakin’s psychology courses are well regarded in the workplace, as are our graduates, with Deakin psychology students highly successful in gaining employment after graduation, and a significant number employed prior to the completion of their studies.

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Work with organisations, teams and individual employees to improve their performance and increase effectiveness and productivity in the workplace.

Organisational psychology is a rapidly growing area of psychology in Australia and around the world. You will be sought-after for your ability to analyse organisations and their people, and devise selection, motivational, developmental, wellbeing and change strategies for organisational, team and individual performance and wellbeing.

The Master of Organisational program at Deakin has very strong research, placement and consulting connections with a large number of external organisations. Deakin regularly welcomes international and local guest lecturers and speakers throughout the year.

Deakin’s psychology courses are well regarded in the workplace, and our graduates are highly successful in gaining employment shortly after graduation. A significant number become employed prior to the completion of their studies.

The Master of Psychology (Organisational) will equip you with the academic, practical and research skills required for accreditation and registration, and for employment in of one of the many organisations employing psychologists with these kinds of skills and experience.

Organisational psychology is the fastest growing area of psychology in Australia and the United States. Organisations have come to appreciate the contribution that organisational psychologists can make in areas such as personnel selection, employee motivation, teamwork, employee engagement, communication skills, stress management, employee evaluation, job satisfaction, efficiency and productivity. As a registered and accredited organisational psychologist, you may find employment in one of the many organisations or industries employing psychologists with this kind of specialisation.

The Master of Psychology (Organisational) meets the requirements for graduates to register as generalist psychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia, and for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

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Singapore Health Scholarship

The Singapore Health Scholarship is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Health degrees. A 20% tuition fee reduction will be offered to any Singaporean student who meets the requirements.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Have a WAM equivalent of 65 or above
  • Be a citizen of Singapore
  • Enrol in one of the Health courses stipulated in the course list below:
    • Bachelor of Nutrition Science
    • Bachelor of Nutrition Science/Bachelor of Commerce
    • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
    • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Business (Sport Management)
    • Bachelor of Psychological Science
    • Bachelor of Health Sciences
    • Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science
    • Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science
    • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion
    • Master of Public Health
    • Master of Health and Human Services Management
    • Master of Health Economics
    • Master of Health Promotion
    • Master of Nutrition and Population Health

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