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Psychology is a science that provides powerful tools and methods for exploring human experience and behaviour.
Psychologists work to assess, diagnose and treat or prevent problems, experienced by people.
Psychologist's work varies. Some support individuals, who are experiencing difficulties, and others design policies and campaigns to benefit communities.
The combination of a social science degree with a psychology specialisation is ideal for those interested in the interaction between individuals and the world around them.
Why study psychology
- Psychology studies can lead to becoming a clinical psychologist.
- You'll become a better communicator.
- You'll have a better understanding of yourself and the people around you.
- Gain an understanding of research.
- Study decision-making and problem-solving and develop well-honed critical thinking skills.
- Get the skills needed to help you in your future career, even if you don't become a psychologist.
If you want to work in areas that call for a grasp of the insights, traditions and practices of psychology, this program is for you.
Get your foot in the door
You'll have the opportunity to put your skills to practice, and meet potential future employers, on a professional work-placement.
Psychology studies can lead to careers in:
- human services organisations
- community-based agencies
- human resource management
- multicultural agencies
- educational settings.
How to become a psychologist
To register as a psychologist, you'll need to complete the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours) (1 year full-time) and the Master of Clinical Psychology (2 years full-time), or equal programs recognised by the Australian Psychological Society.
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.
This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), which provides access to further APAC-accredited study in Australia and overseas and can lead to national and international registration as a psychologist.
You will specialise in psychology, with breadth studies in sociology, communication, research, and understanding policy.
You'll have the opportunity to undertake a minor specialisation in Indigenous studies or choose to study a language. Or you can follow a minor interest area in sustainability or cultural studies.
How you will learn
Learning is student centred with academic staff drawing on modern world examples of pop culture (film, tv shows), activism (ie the Occupy movement), the internet, or analysis of modern social phenomenon (hipsters) to illustrate sociological theories in lectures and readings.
You'll take part in interactive coursework through psychology laboratories, excursions, online workshops and/or learning modules, and activity-based workshops.
Through individual and group presentations, you develop skills in presenting ideas to large groups, facilitating discussion, engaging in debate and visually organising information through mind-mapping.
You'll examine case studies, including field notes, auto-ethnographies (a form of research written in the first person where the researcher reflects on what is going on around them), documentaries and analyses, journal articles, academic texts, and more; exploring the work of experts in your field.
You'll learn academic writing skills, including how to create structured essays, write lab reports, and complete reflective journaling.
Tools and resources
You will have access to online and digital resources through the MyRMIT student portal, including:
- discussion boards
- resources from all Australian university libraries
- specialised learning labs to boost your skills in statistics, essay structure and critical thinking
Assessments range from the traditional to the innovative, and may include:
- formal essays
- online quizzes
- oral presentations
- graded group discussions
- artefact analysis
- class facilitation mini-conference-style presentations, including taking questions.
All programs are delivered in English.
The field education component in this program means you will have the opportunity to apply what you have learned to a workplace. You'll work under the guidance of an experienced practitioner, such as a qualified psychologist.
Field education is a great way to meet potential employers, develop networks and career opportunities. Some students have received ongoing employment after a placement.
Examples of past students placements include:
- Shadowing a psychologist at private clinic.
- Working with an advertising agency to understand consumer behaviour.
- Working with an NGO in Indonesia to conduct aid research and establish a public health awareness campaign.
- Acting as spotter on the political campaign trail for a major political party.
- Working at a gallery in Indonesia curating cultural artefacts.
- Volunteering with Camp America in the USA and developing a deeper understanding of developmental psychology.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that 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 Global Experience Office (GEO) supports students to undertake exchange or short-term mobility activities 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.