Psychology will help you understand why people are the way they are, and why they do the things they do. You will also study abnormal behaviour, including how it occurs and how it can be treated.

Learn about aspects of behaviour such as human motivation and emotion, decision-making processes and social interaction, through a strong basic knowledge of psychological concepts and theories in areas including cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, sensation and perception, and social psychology.

Studies in this discipline are also available via the Bachelor of Arts.

In 2016 I undertook a 6 week research project looking at the effects of reward/punishment sensitivity on people’s ability to sustain attention on relevant targets. This was my first experience of actually testing participants in the lab, storing and managing confidential information. Ravini Abeywickrama

Sample course plans

Sample course plans for the BSc [PDF]

  • Career Outcomes

    The Psychology major will provide you with a broad scientific general education and is part of the preparation for a career as either a research or professional psychologist.*

    Following additional postgraduate training, you can work in a wide variety of areas including clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, community psychology, counselling psychology, educational psychology, forensic psychology, health psychology, organisational/industrial psychology, sports psychology, or academic psychology.

    Employment for Psychologists is expected to grow very strongly to 2019 and earnings are above average.

    I have acquired so many skills through my degree and I know that despite having done a degree specifically focusing on psychology, I will be able to apply my skills in every aspect of what I choose to do next.Satya Piccioni-Grenna

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a a major in Psychology are very well-prepared for a range of postgraduate degrees available in psychology. You will also be well-placed to apply for:

    • Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.