Study area

Psychology

Psychology is a fascinating and diverse area of study that explores the human experience and touches upon many aspects of daily life. It seeks to answer questions about how and why we behave the way we do. A degree in psychology will help you develop a scientific understanding of human thoughts and behaviours, the processes underlying these and the relationship of these processes to the brain.

 
 

Psychology is the interface between the brain and our behaviour. Delving into the inner workings of the mind provides an invaluable understanding of how we view the world and how we operate.

Choose to learn the theory and practice of in areas such as clinical psychology, neuropsychology, biological psychology, cognitive science/neuroscience, developmental psychology, perception, or industrial and organisational psychology.

You will explore the measurement of psychological abilities, how these develop through the lifespan and the processes that govern relationships between people and groups in society. You'll also develop an understanding of how psychological processes are affected by ageing, brain damage and disease.

The universal nature of psychology means it complements any kind of study.

  • 1st in Western Australia
    for Psychology (QS 2021).
  • 87% satisfaction rate for teaching quality
    as rated by our postgraduate students (Good Universities Guide).
  • Fully accredited programs
    as well as flexible, non-accredited options to get job-ready, upskill or complement other studies.
  • Research rated as ‘well above world standard’
    One of only two psychology schools in Australia with this rating (ERA).
  • Large network of industry partners
    Get practical experience via work integrated learning.
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World-class facilities

The Robin Winkler Clinic provides individual and group psychological treatment and neuropsychological assessment for people of all ages and backgrounds. The clinic is linked with the School of Psychological Sciences at The University of Western Australia.

Other facilities include our research centres and many laboratories exploring areas such as biological psychology and cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology, cognitive science, developmental psychology, industrial and organisational psychology and human factors and perception.

Where our graduates go

"Since graduating from UWA, I have partnered with business leaders to enhance employee capability and wellbeing. I currently work at one of WA's leading aged care providers, where I am responsible for facilitating leadership workshops, creating people-centred processes and influencing organisational culture.

"UWA's Industrial and Organisational Psychology program provided me with diverse placement experience, in conjunction with valuable support and one-to-one coaching. These relationships continue to play an integral part in my professional development."

 

Arnold Rodricks
Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology graduate

Industry snapshot

Understanding how people think and what motivates them is a valuable skill in many positions across workplaces. And with mental health and wellbeing identified as a critical area of health, training in psychology is increasingly important. This is evidenced by demand for psychologists growing, with the career predicted to have a 21.7 % increase in job prospects over the next five years. Employment outcomes also continue to rise.

With a psychology degree, you’re well placed to pursue careers in both the arts and science fields, depending on your personal interests. There are many options within public and private healthcare, education, mental health support, social work, therapy and counselling. These roles may be advisory, research-led, treatment-led or therapeutic. Traditional career paths often require postgraduate studies and registration as a psychologist.

  

Potential traditional careers

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Clinical neuropsychologist
  • Industrial and organisational psychologist
  • Educational and development psychologist
  • School psychologist
  • Sport psychologist
  • Health psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist

Potential non-traditional careers

  • Social worker
  • Counsellor
  • Human resources manager
  • Health and welfare services manager
  • Teacher
  • Researcher
  • Media officer
  • Marketing executive

Medium-term full-time employment outcomes for studying psychology

Medium-term full-time employment outcomes for students studying psychology once they have completed their level of study. 100% 75% 50% 25% Undergraduate 87.2% Postgraduatecoursework 92.6% Postgraduateresearch 90.6%

Source: 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey - Longitudinal

Undergraduate courses

To find out more about our range of undergraduate courses, visit Our courses explained.

Looking to make a positive impact in society?

Hear from Tannielle, a UWA Psychology student and performing artist, who hopes to run arts workshops in Aboriginal communities to improve mental health.

Read Tannielle’s story

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