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Studying psychology

Psychology is an increasingly popular subject in higher education institutions around Australia. The rewarding and diverse nature of this discipline appeals to students fresh from secondary school as well as mature students transitioning to a new career.

Focusing on the complexities of human behavior and the factors that contribute to individual and group wellbeing, psychology students learn about the interventions and strategies that can be applied to help people lead happier, healthier and more productive lives.

In addition to this detailed understanding of human behavior, psychology students also graduate with other important skills which are highly valued in a variety of fields. These include advanced communication skills, the ability to design, conduct and analyse research, and the use of high-level problem solving and critical thinking skills.

It is important when choosing a psychology degree to ensure that the course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), as one requirement for registration as a psychologist is that training has been completed in an APAC-accredited and Psychology Board of Australia-approved course.

Before being eligible for general registration to practise as a psychologist, students must first complete a minimum of six years’ education and training. There are several pathways which students can follow to achieve this.

Learn more about studies and careers in psychology, and read about the work of a range of psychologists on the APS desktop website.