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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
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Psychology is a science that provides powerful tools and methods for exploring human experience and behaviour.
Psychologists work in a multitude of areas varying from supporting individuals, to designing and implementing policies and campaigns that affect the lives of thousands.
This program has been designed for people looking for a social science degree with a psychology specialisation. It is ideal for those who plan to work in areas that call for a grasp of the insights, traditions and practices of psychology and the social sciences, such as:
- human services organisations
- community-based agencies
- human resource management
- multicultural agencies
- educational settings.
This program also incorporates an extended industry-based field placement offering hands-on, practical experience with a professional organisation of your choice.
You may undertake further study to qualify as a clinical psychologist, or alternatively apply your training in psychology and sociology to diverse fields such as education and training, health and welfare, and human resource management.
This program is also available as a double degree: Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Along with being recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), this program provides opportunities to gain important vocational skills such as communication, policy development, research and management, which are all transferable across many areas of employment.
This program uses a variety of teaching and learning approaches including:
- interactive coursework
- online components
- case studies
- reflective techniques
- individual and group presentation
- group-based learning
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Assessment will include:
- written exercises
- class exercises
- oral presentations
- workshop and seminar facilitation
- online activities.
Field education is a major feature of the program, where students learn in the workplace under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. A professional work placement allows students to work in human services organisations under the supervision of a qualified psychologist.
As well as gaining practical experience, field education allows you to develop networks and career opportunities and, for many, establish employment outcomes in your chosen area of interest.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
You'll enjoy excellent employment prospects in the public, private and community sectors.
The skills learned in this program are especially relevant to areas such as child protection, human resource management, education, welfare and the health sector and in community-based agencies.
Graduates find work in areas including:
- federal and state government departments (Centrelink, Department of Human Services)
- disability services
- rehabilitation services
- community development programs
- dispute mediation
- employment placement and case management
- equal employment opportunity program development
- immigration advice and referral centres.
This program also provides an academic foundation to pursue further specialised study in clinical, educational, organisational, developmental or forensic psychology.
Students seeking to qualify as a practising psychologist must apply either for entry to Honours, or an equivalent graduate year of study in psychology.
Students who continue study and successfully complete a fourth year (Honours or equivalent) qualify for registration as a probationary psychologist. Another 2 years of study, generally taken as a Master of Psychology, qualifies you as a psychologist.
- Social psychologist
- social researcher
- social policy officer
- organisational behaviour specialist
- human resources manager
- welfare service officer.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The program is accredited by the professional accreditation body for tertiary psychology courses, the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Successful completion of an APAC-accredited psychology specialisation is a partial requirement for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
RMIT University has exchange partners all over the world including Mexico, China, Chile and more and students are encouraged to take one semester of this program at a partner university. By combining international exchange, professional internship and international research projects, you may be away for an entire year. Financial support is available through UMAP scholarships, RMIT travel grants and government loans.
RMIT's Education Abroad Office (EAO) supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Program and course information
Be able to think about and analyse both individuals and society.
Explore the way social and cultural conditions shape our psychological makeup and affect human experience and behaviour.