Psychology is the interface between brain and behaviour. Delving into the inner workings of the mind helps explain why we act the way we do, how we view the world, and how we can be better.
The universal nature of psychology means it complements any kind of study. It provides an invaluable understanding of how humans operate, as well as in-depth knowledge of psychological techniques that can benefit your everyday life.
Psychology-based career paths are wide-ranging. For example, there are psychologists designing cockpits for NASA, working in prisoner rehabilitation, analysing consumer behavior, investigating crime and helping professional athletes reach their potential.
Top 50 in the world for Psychology (QS 2019)
Ranked number one in Western Australia for Psychology (QS 2019)
One of two psychology schools in Australia to have its research rated as ‘well above world standard’ (ERA)
Majors and popular combinations
Explore your career path or area of interest by tailoring your degree in your first year, before selecting one or two majors in your second year. It's a unique feature of our course model and the best part is, it won't cost extra or take any longer to complete your degree.
Students wishing to complement their studies with a Psychology major may opt to complete a single major. Our single majors are Psychology in Society and Psychological Science. These can both be taken in combination with another course.
Become an expert in your chosen field by taking your skills and qualifications to new heights after completing your undergraduate degree. With a UWA postgraduate degree, you can learn from reputable thought leaders and build strong, life-long connections.
The School provides excellent future career opportunities and students are positively encouraged by the teaching staff to shape their own journey.Ben Perry – Postgraduate student from the School of Psychological Science
We offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs that are fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), as well as flexible, non-accredited options to get job-ready, upskill or complement other studies.
We offer work-integrated learning through our large network of corporate partners.
Our postgraduate programs are leading the way in research integration, evidence-based practice and innovation. Our students are in high demand across many sectors.
UWA is an international hub for Business and Industrial and Organisational Psychology, with strong links to various industries.
Our clinical programs are recognised as among the best in the country, and we have extensive networks with clinical service providers.
The UWA Psychology Society supports psychology students academically and socially, with barbecues, evening events and communication with the Faculty of Science.
Learn from experts who operate at the cutting-edge of the discipline. We don’t just teach the textbooks, we conduct the work in the textbooks.
Our teaching standards are high, with teaching constantly being evaluated by our students. Our scores are among the best at UWA, with about 90 per cent of our students agreeing or strongly agreeing that we provide a good educational experience.
Our fantastic student support staff provide you with advice and guidance you need.
Learn from the best
Professor Shayne Loft
Professor Shayne Loft is the Director of the Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology Laboratory and Deputy Head of The University of Western Australia’s School of Psychological Science.Read more
Winthrop Professor David Badcock
Winthrop Professor David Badcock is an expert in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, focusing on visual processing and perception.Read more
Professor Romola Bucks
Professor Romola Bucks is an award winning researcher whose research investigates cognitive disorders related to the process of ageing.Read more
Professor Colin MacLeod
School of Psychological Science Professor Colin MacLeod is an ARC Laureate Fellow, and Director of the Rutherford Memorial Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion.Read more
Associate Professor Carmela Pestell
Associate Professor Carmela Pestell is a clinician, researcher and lecturer in clinical psychology and neuropsychology, and Director of the Robin Winkler ClinicRead more
Dr Joe Clare
Dr Joe Clare is a criminologist researching emergency first responders and prevention-focused policies at UWA’s Law School.Read more
Professor Stephen Houghton
Stephen Houghton is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at UWA and a specialist in child psychology and adolescent behaviour.Read more
Dr David Lawrence
Dr David Lawrence is a mental health researcher within the Graduate School of Education. He holds research interests in child and adolescent mental health and the mental health of police and emergency services personnel.Read more
Dr Donella Caspersz
Dr Donella Caspersz is a published researcher, teacher and supervisor at the UWA Business School, specialising in employment relations and family business management.Read more
Dr Caleb Goods
Dr Caleb Goods is a researcher and lecturer, examining two forces that are challenging and changing people’s working lives around the world: climate change, and the ‘gig’ economy.Read more