Overview of Psychology

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes. For example, psychology is concerned with the way we behave as individuals as well as in groups; it is concerned with the way we act as well as the way we think; and it is concerned with our interaction with the physical world as well as our interaction with others.

Psychology is both a profession and a science. That is, psychological phenomena are investigated using the scientific method; and the outcomes of these investigations are applied to diverse professional settings (eg. treatment of mental illness, job selection, health promotion, education policy, etc.).

When you study psychology, you will cover a range of areas including behavioural neuroscience, personalty theory, social influences on the behaviour of indviduals and groups, forensic psychology, health psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, memory, attention, intelligence, sensory processes and perception, research methods and theories of learning and motivation.

The Bachelor of Psychology (BPsych) is a specialised course for those interested in pursuing a career in psychology. You will study four years of psychology together with other units in either a science or arts stream of the BPsych.

The major in Behavioural Sciences is designed for students who are interested in psychology because it is relevant to their vocational goals, but do not wish to pursue professional registration in psychology. This major is available via the Shared Pool of majors, allowing you to study Psychology alongside almost any other discipline in the University.

Please note, if you wish to be eligible to undertake professional training at the postgraduate level to become a registered psychologist please review the information on accredited degrees via the Psychology in other degrees page.