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Explore how you can study Psychology, which has applications in many areas of life, including relationships, health, work and development.

How can I study psychology?

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Psychology program

If you wish to be eligible to undertake professional training at the postgraduate level to become a registered psychologist, you must complete our psychology program, an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited undergraduate sequence.

The psychology program consists of 10 psychology units of study studied over the course of three years (full time). Completion of the program is a requirement for eligibility to to proceed to an honours year (the next step on the path to becoming a registered psychologist).

The psychology program can be undertaken in any of the following degrees (accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)) as well as in any degree combined with the Bachelor of Science.

*Dalyell and Advanced streams in the above degrees can accommodate the psychology program, with the exception of BSc(Health)(Dalyell).

Bachelor of Psychology

The Bachelor of Psychology is a specialised four year course designed specifically for those interested in a career in psychology

In the four-year Bachelor of Psychology (BPsych) degree, you will study our fully accredited Psychology Program plus subjects of your choosing from a shared pool of units across the University. In fourth year, you will complete the honours component of your course.

Entry to the Bachelor of Psychology is competitive and the degree include strict progression requirements which students must achieve in order to remain in the degree.

The major in Psychological Science is designed for students who are interested in psychology because it is relevant to their vocational goals, but do not wish to pursue professional registration in psychology. This major will introduce you to the scientific study of human behaviour, psychology, and mental processes which have applications in many careers.

This major is available via the shared pool of majors, allowing you to study Psychology alongside almost any other discipline in the University. Psychological Science can also be taken as a minor.

Whether it’s upskilling or branching out for a new career focus, our coursework degrees are flexible and specialised.

Graduate Diploma in Psychology

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GDP) is designed for individuals who already hold an undergraduate degree in another discipline but wish to retrain in the field of psychology. The GDP allows you to progress to our accredited honours year through the BAS (Honours) degree.

Please note, applicants who originally completed their Bachelor’s degree more than 10 years ago or close to 10 years ago are strongly recommended to seek advice from the Admissions Office prior to submitting an application for the GDP as your eligibility for the BAS (Honours) degree may be affected. 

Clinical psychology

This course is the path to working as a professional clinical psychologist in many clinical and community settings. Applicants must have completed honours in psychology to be eligible for admission.

Coaching psychology

Coaching psychology is a fast‑growing approach to enhancing the performance, productivity and quality of life of individuals, organisations and the broader community.

The School of Psychology currently has more than 130 research students, forming a vital part of our energetic community.

Postgraduate research students joining the school will enjoy a supportive environment within their area of research specialisation and the wider school community.

Read about our research areas.

To find a potential supervisor visit Research Supervisor Connect or learn more about postgraduate research.

As a student in psychology you will learn to ask, as well as how to answer, important questions about behaviour.

  • How does the brain store and retrieve memories?
  • What plays a bigger role – nature or nurture?
  • Can psychology help cure dementia?
  • Why are some people prone to gambling and others not?

Psychology is a fast growing and exciting science. It helps to shape our understanding of how people perceive, think, feel and interact with other humans, animals and even artificial entities in our always changing and dynamic world.

Psychology is the scientific study of the foundations of human behaviour and mental processes. It applies this knowledge to understand and enhance the behaviour of individuals and groups in a wide range of environmental contexts.

The University of Sydney is ranked 30th in the world for psychology*, reflecting our reputation for quality research and education in this area. We are invested in the future work prospects of all of our students. We are ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability.^

Our research-led teaching means you’ll be taught by leading psychologists and scientists who will share their latest findings with you.

You will also have the opportunity to explore our state-of-the-art research facilities including the Charles Perkins Centre and the Brain and Mind Centre. Here, you will gain hands on experience in many different domains of psychology ranging from neurobiological foundations to clinical therapy, social interaction to decision making, and from psychopharmacology to virtual reality.

If you are a high-achieving student you may be invited to join the Dalyell Scholars program and have access to a range of enrichment opportunities that will challenge you and provide opportunities to work alongside your most promising and talented peers.

Some offerings include; accelerated learning options, tailored mentoring and professional skills development workshops and international experiences.

In recent Dalyell projects students have investigated gambling, obesity, chronic disease, neuropsychology and the application of technology to enhance eyewitness memory.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021
^QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020

Studying psychology in any capacity at Sydney will expose you to a number of different learning environments which seek to enhance your ability to work independently as well as in a group setting.

Lectures are used to introduce ideas; laboratory experiments help students to understand psychological research methods and interpret data; and interactive workshop tutorials provide opportunities to discuss concepts more thoroughly and gain experience working in teams.

You can also read our psychology frequently asked questions.

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Psychology careers

As well as allowing you to pursue registration and further study to become a psychologist, completing honours in psychology opens the door to a wide variety of careers. Honours graduates have the necessary training to work in schools, hospitals, prisons, human resources, with people with developmental disabilities, and in various social policy areas in the private and public sectors.

Some more specific career paths include:

  • clinical, forensic, organisational or sports psychologist (with further study)
  • neuroscientist
  • market researcher
  • school counsellor
  • advertising executive
  • management consultant
  • social policy analyst
  • learning and attention researcher

For additional information about careers in psychology.

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Our four-year Bachelor of Psychology degree and our three-year psychology program with honours in psychology are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

These courses will allow you to apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, which is needed to later attain full registration.

To become a practicing Clinical Psychologist and gain full registration, you will need to complete our Master of Clinical Psychology or Master of Clinical Psychology/Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

These courses are also accredited by APAC and are approved qualifications for Associate Membership of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

These postgraduate courses are recognised by NSW Health as qualifying for progression to the grade of clinical psychologist.

Although our courses are widely recognised overseas, some countries have their own procedures and controls for professional recognition.