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Interested in Psychology?

Gain the knowledge and skills needed to embark on a fulfilling career in psychology with SA's No.1 university for graduate skills in Psychology1.

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 psychologist. 

We are the only university in South Australia to offer work placement opportunities as part of all 3-year undergraduate Psychology degrees. 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.

With two more intakes for 2024, UniSA’s Professional Certificate in Understanding Childhood Trauma is for professionals currently working with vulnerable children and young people. This course has been designed to develop a trauma-informed understanding of child abuse and neglect. Further information about the certificate is available here.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.

Key features

  • Study with SA's No. 1 university for graduate skills in Psychology1.
  • Learn from world-class leaders in research – UniSA's psychology research has been assessed as well above world class2.
  • Gain industry experience through a work placement – we are the only University in South Australia to offer work placement opportunities as part of all 3-year undergraduate Psychology degrees.
  • Enjoy the opportunity to study part of your degree overseas. 
  • Our Psychology programs are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  • 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.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities. 2The only university in SA to have all its assessed Psychology and Cognitive Sciences research rated well-above world standard. 32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Learn more about psychology at UniSA

Looking for a career that empowers people and creates more socially engaged communities? Hear about a degree in psychology, which focuses on the connection between the brain and behaviour and the meaning behind human interactions.

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Why UniSA?

  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities1, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.
  • You will be taught by industry professionals and well-above world-class researchers in the field of psychology2. Our academics have a very practical approach to learning and you’ll work on real projects and get real experience.
  • Our Psychology programs are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to use the latest technologies and learn in state-of-the-art facilities and teaching spaces.
  • Access hands-on learning opportunities and connect with industry professionals right from day one.
  • Choose from flexible learning options to suit your needs and lifestyle including online, on-campus, full-time and part-time study.
  • Explore our wide range of grants and scholarships to support your studies.
  • We are consistently recognised and awarded for our excellence in teaching, the quality of our degrees and satisfaction of our students – there's never been a better time to study at the University of South Australia.

1UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

UniSA offers the following Psychology degrees

Choose your level of study

How do I become a registered psychologist?

Kickstart your psychology career at UniSA through our wide range of study options. You can follow several paths to become a registered or research psychologist, or complete your studies sooner and explore exciting careers across a variety of other fields.

Explore your options and what studies you will need to complete by selecting between the tabs below.

Option 1: Study a 4-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree undertaking Honours in your final year.
Option 2: Study a 3-year Bachelor of Psychology degree, and attain a competitive GPA, then apply to transfer into our 4-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree with study credit (eligibility criteria applies).
Option 3: Pursue a second career interest with a double degree in psychology, attaining a competitive GPA and applying to transfer into our 4-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree with study credit (eligibility criteria applies).

Each option requires you to continue with further postgraduate studies in psychology to become a registered or research psychologist.

Your career

As the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers1, our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

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: 

  • Registered 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
  • 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 (with further study): 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

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021-23– Full-time Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities. SA public universities.

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 39,300 (24.3 per cent) by May 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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By 2024, employment for counsellors in Australia is projected to increase by 24.8 per cent.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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

Australian Government Department of Employment 2019

 

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Hear from UniSA staff and former Psychology students Dr Alex Agostini and Dr Stephanie Centofanti on where a degree in Psychology can take you. 

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What others are saying

"My education at UniSA went beyond reading a textbook – it gave me the ability to practise what I learned. I am now a supervisor at Lifeline where I can make a difference in the community. I plan to study a master's qualification to further my career as a clinical psychologist."

Francesco Forgione

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Counsellor, New ROADS: Uniting Communities

Francesco Forgione

Francesco Forgione

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Counsellor, New ROADS: Uniting Communities

"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)
Psychologist, SA Health

Chris Ghan

Chris Ghan

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Psychologist, SA Health

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.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-21 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.

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A five star university

Five stars for research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, inclusiveness and innovation*
*2023 QS Stars Ratings