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Career outcomes

Our psychology graduates have pursued careers as:

  • child care worker
  • clinical psychologist
  • career counsellor
  • consumer psychologist
  • school psychologist
  • welfare support officer
  • deployment consultant
  • research assistant
  • case worker
  • juvenile justice officer
  • drug and alcohol counsellor
  • advertising agent
Psychology

About psychology

Psychology is the study of human mind and behaviours. Psychologists put that knowledge to work in all sorts of fields, from counselling to teaching to market research. When you study psychology, you’ll discover the inner workings of the mind and learn the skills to provide meaningful insight and support to others, when they need it most. You’ll also be learning with some of the world’s best with our psychology research ranked equal first in Australia.* *Four-digit FoRs, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015

Choose your own path

To register as a psychologist in Australia, you must complete six years of full-time training. We offer a number of paths to reach this magic number, with two three-year APAC-accredited undergraduate psychology degrees and postgraduate programs in psychology that include masters degrees in professional, clinical, and educational and developmental psychology. As a student with us, you can choose the best combination of courses to achieve your goals. 

Facilities and clinics

Your psychology studies will give you more than just the theory. During your postgraduate studies you’ll learn in our clinic facilities, where you'll work with real clients under the supervision of registered psychologists. The Melbourne Psychology Clinic and the Mary Aikenhead Clinic – the Strathfield Psychology and Counselling Clinic – offer counselling and psychological assessments to the general community at a low cost and allow you to get practical experience as part of your degree.

Professional recognition

When you study with us, you’re accessing teaching that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia. You’ll learn from practitioners and clinicians who are actively involved in professional associations and community services, and gain real-world insights from respected industry professionals.

Study overseas

A degree at ACU can lead you to study just about anywhere in the world. You’ll have the opportunity to study core units at our Rome campus or choose to study for a semester or two at one of our partner universities in Asia, Europe and the Americas. The big question is, where can psychology take you?

Meet our students and staff

Staff profile Professor John Gleeson

Professor John Gleeson

Head of Discipline Psychology, Director of The Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre

Professor John Gleeson is Head of Discipline Psychology and Director of The Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre at ACU. Professor Gleeson is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency with an area of practice endorsement in clinical psychology. After attaining his master’s in clinical psychology from La Trobe University, he has worked as a clinical psychologist in public and private mental health settings. Professor Gleeson attained his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2001. His research interests encompass digital innovations for mental health problems with a focus on interventions for psychological wellbeing for those suffering from mental health issues and those caring for them.

Staff profile Associate Professor Rachel Dryer

Associate Professor Rachel Dryer  

Associate professor

Associate Professor Rachel Dryer is a registered psychologist and an associate professor in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at ACU. Her research interests are in health psychology, particularly women’s mental health, body image, and disordered eating behaviour. She teaches psychological testing and assessment to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Rachel has supervised numerous research students on both qualitative and quantitative research projects. She is currently the Psychology Postgraduate National Course Coordinator and the Indigenous Perspective Coordinator for the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. 

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