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Interested in Psychology?

Graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to embark on a fulfilling career in psychology.

Through a mix of practical and theoretical learning you will be able to demonstrate advanced problem solving skills, planning, judgement and decision-making – all necessary attributes of a successful practicing psychologist. We are the only university in South Australia to offer a work placement as part of a psychological science degree – depending on your chosen degree, you’ll complete 150 hours of work placement or a research experience as part of your studies, ensuring you graduate career-ready.

Key features

  • No. 1 in SA for Psychology research1
  • Gain industry experience through a work placement – we are the only university in South Australia to offer a work placement as part of a psychological science degree.
  • Be taught by world-class leaders in research - UniSA has been ranked number one in South Australia for psychology research2.
  • Have the opportunity to study part of your degree overseas. 
  • Benefit from our on-campus facilities, including multiple research groups with international profiles, a Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, a fully-functioning Psychology Clinic, and a live-in, time-isolated sleep and chronobiology laboratory.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
22015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Why UniSA?

You will be taught by industry professionals and world-class researchers in the field of psychological science1. Our academics have a very practical approach to learning and you’ll work on real projects and get real experience. We’ve also invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces.

We’re Australia’s youngest university to receive five-stars in research2 and this excellence shines through our teaching. Our people are inspired by challenges and opportunities. We partner with local icons and international industry professionals to focus on real-world projects.

2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 
2 2017 QS Stars Ratings

UniSA offers 13 Psychology degrees

Choose your level of study

Your career

As a graduate you will be qualified to gain employment in a wide range of areas, including the health and human services sectors; research organisations; and government and non-government organisations. Careers to consider include: 

  • clinical psychologist (with further study): work with patients to identify and diagnose emotional, mental and behavioural issues
  • neuropsychologist (with further study): assess and evaluate the brain function of people with brain injuries or abnormal brain functioning
  • work and organisational psychologist: use psychological principles and research methods to solve problems in the workplace
  • youth worker: work with young people, providing support and encouragement
  • disability support officer: provide support for people in the community with intellectual, physical, social and emotional disabilities
  • counsellor: work with individuals in a confidential setting, helping them to overcome problems  community development officer: work with communities to bring about social change
  • human resources manager: plan, implement and enhance an organisation's employee relations, as well as the organisation's policies, programs and practices
  • drug/alcohol case worker: provide counselling support to individuals and families affected by drug/alcohol
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university and our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Drug ARM Australasia
  • Kickstart for Kids
  • The Salvation Army
  • HYPA (Helping Young People Achieve)

Industry facts

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Employment for social and welfare professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 19,600 (15.6 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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By 2020, employment for counsellors in Australia is projected to increase by 23.2 per cent1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Study at UniSA

Hear from Francesco as he shares his experiences studying at UniSA and his journey as a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) student.

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What others are saying

UniSA lets your voice be heard and every staff member goes above and beyond. I have always felt supported.

Francesco Forgione

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Francesco Forgione

Francesco Forgione

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

From day one, there was a heavy emphasis on developing high quality report writing skills, which are essential to success in this field. I know that this, along with the quality of academics and the degree's focus on evidence based practice, will give me the critical analysis skills I need to work in the clinical psychology field.

Nicholas Ghan

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Nicholas Ghan

Nicholas Ghan

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Psychology at UniSA has an excellent balance between research and hands-on practice - the standard of teaching combined with the state-of-the-art facilities prepares students for what they want to do after graduation. The inclusion of counselling courses and psychology placements also makes it a unique degree, providing both the skills and real-world experience needed for a variety of careers including disability support work and counselling.

Chris Ghan

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Chris Ghan

Chris Ghan

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

One of the things I love about my degree is working in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory with world-class researchers, where I gain hands-on experience with specialised cognitive neuroscience research methods such as electroencephalography.

Angela Osborn

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Cognitive Neuroscience)

Angela Osborn

Angela Osborn

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Cognitive Neuroscience)

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017