Psychology

What is psychology?

Psychology is concerned with a wide range of phenomena, including remembering and forgetting, thinking, problem-solving, learning, acquiring skills, language, seeing and hearing, verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions and emotions. It focuses on understanding biological, social and environmental influences on people and societies.

Why study psychology?

You’ll benefit from one of the best scientist practitioner models of psychological education Australia has to offer, emerging with a deep insight into the human mind, and a suite of highly valued professional skills that can be applied to any field of work.

Our courses

Psychology at Monash is at the forefront of brain function research in Australia with roots in the basic discovery sciences, cognitive, clinical and brain neurosciences and the social sciences. Formalised within our research-intensive institute, the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, we are responding to global and community challenges through our current research themes, ranging from addiction to sleep with the goal of translating scientific discoveries to directly improving diagnosis and treatment of acquired, developmental and degenerative brain pathologies.

Bachelor of Psychology

Follow your passion by choosing a major stream of study such as neuroscience, or mental health and well-being.

This degree covers the core sequence of units that will give you a deep understanding of psychological research and practice.

You’ll also have the opportunity to build a strong skill set in interpersonal communication, research and writing, programming and statistics, and project management.

Over the course of this degree, you will explore the complex biopsychosocial factors that influence human behaviour, gain exposure to evidence-based and culturally informed approaches, and develop your understanding of scientific methodology and its application in psychology. As this is a new version of this course for 2023, Monash University is currently seeking accreditation from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Bachelor of Arts (psychology extended major, major or minor)

Delve into a world of ideas.

Explore global issues and cultures, think about the diverse world we live in and how we communicate. With a Bachelor of Arts, you’ll gain the tools to understand our society, its institutions and the motivations of people. Combine psychology with disciplines like anthropology, criminology, sociology, human rights, international relations and much more, or broaden your options with an Arts double degree.

Bachelor of Science (psychology extended major, major or minor)

Solve problems, create change.

Delve deep into the ‘why’ behind why we do what we do. Whether your passion is for the natural world or neuroscience, with our flexible degree, you can choose subjects from over 20 fascinating areas of study, and maximise further study options with a Science double degree. Combine psychology with physiology, environmental science, genetics, pharmacology or mathematics, just to name a few.

What careers will you be ready for?

Studying psychology gives you a strong understanding of the human mind. This opens up a wide range of rewarding career opportunities where you can make a difference in someone’s life. Here’s a taste of where psychology could take you:

  • Recruitment Manager
  • Psychologist*
  • Social Worker*
  • Human Resource Adviser
  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Consumer Behaviour Analyst
  • Market Research Consultant
  • Psychological Researcher*

*Further study required.

Major Focus by location
Focus Locations
MajorNote Clayton
Extended MajorNote Clayton
MinorNote Clayton

Please note: Clayton Students from Caulfield may enrol in these units, which are held at Clayton campus. Additionally, the Extended APAC accredited major is restricted to certain courses.

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