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.
As a student in psychology you will learn to ask, as well as how to answer, important questions about behaviour.
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 program consists of 10 psychology units of study, over the course of three years full-time. Completion of the program is a requirement in order 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).
Students also have the option to major in Psychological Science. This is designed for those who are interested in psychology, but do not wish to pursue professional registration in psychology.
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.
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 is a fast‑growing approach to enhancing the performance, productivity and quality of life of individuals, organisations and the broader community.
Postgraduate research students joining the school will enjoy a supportive environment within their area of research specialisation and the wider school community.
Our four-year Bachelor of Psychology Honours 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.
Our research-led teaching means you’ll be taught by leading psychologists and scientists who will share their latest findings with you.
We have state-of-the-art research facilities including the Charles Perkins Centre and the Brain and Mind Centre, where you will gain hands on experience in various domains of psychology including 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. In recent Dalyell projects students have investigated gambling, obesity, chronic disease, neuropsychology and the application of technology to enhance eyewitness memory.
Studying psychology in any capacity at Sydney will expose you to a number of different learning environments.
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.
Our graduates can be found working across a variety of roles, including:
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.