Psychology concerns the study of human behaviour, as well as the factors that may influence human behaviour.

Professional psychologists use scientifically-established processes to help investigate a range of personal and social issues. Despite popular misconceptions, not all psychologists are directly concerned with personal problems. Many work in positions where they:

  • create social change to improve or prevent human problems
  • undertake assessment, intervention and counselling for learning and developmental issues in people of all ages
  • work with the law, police services and in correctional services
  • study accident prevention
  • assist people involved in sport and exercise to maximise their performance and participation
  • design educational material
  • promote healthy behaviours and the prevention and treatment of illness
  • research how people function in different environments and situations
  • assist clients to live happier, healthier lives
  • design and implement recruitment and selection strategies
  • examine work, human resource management, training and development and market research and advertising
  • conduct research and teach in universities
  • diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of mental health and general health issues
  • assess, diagnose and manage individuals with brain impairment
  • assist people to achieve goals in areas such as welfare and community projects
  • counsel people to assist with issues such as personal wellbeing, relationships, work, health and crisis management.

Psychology is a very popular discipline in Australian universities. While many psychology students go on to become registered psychologists, others use it as a stepping stone to different occupations or to broaden their knowledge and understanding of human behaviour.

Psychology may be studied as a dedicated degree program (Bachelor of Psychology) or as a major sequence within a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Social Science degree, or may be included in degrees as diverse as Education, Business or Health Science.

Further Resources

Australian Psychological Society
Australian Institute of Psychology
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) – Psychology
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