Psychology is one of the most popular subjects in higher education. Many students are interested in the prospect of becoming psychologists, others are simply keen to learn more about human behaviour. Employment for psychologists is expected to grow over the next five years.
At the University of Canberra, the study of psychology begins with some introductory units in first year, before moving to a range of theoretical and applied units in second and third year. Successful students can then complete an Honours year, followed by postgraduate study. The undergraduate program is constantly evolving in response to the needs of the community and is driven by a focus on innovation, collaboration, and application.
The program includes a range of electives in applied areas such as health, forensic and sport psychology, and our degree structure offers flexibility with option of combining psychology in a double degree with Law, Sport and Exercise Science, Management, Politics or Arts. With an emphasis on the application of psychological research, we are working together with the community to facilitate work-integrated learning opportunities whereby undergraduate students gain skills in the application of psychological theory to real-world issues.
Undergraduate Psychology Degrees
The Bachelor of Science in Psychology is the main undergraduate degree course in psychology at University of Canberra. Students can also choose an undergraduate double degree with Law, Sports Studies, Management, Politics or Arts.
With a focus on applied psychology and research, undergraduate psychology courses at UC introduce students to the latest theory, practice, and research in a diverse range of areas, including Developmental, Physiological, Social, Personality, Learning, Cognitive, and many others. Students can also choose elective units in Exercise Psychology, Health Psychology, and Forensic Psychology.
Importantly, undergraduate psychology degrees at UC prepare students not only for employment as psychologists, but also equips them with skills highly sought after by a diverse range of employers, including skills in critical analysis, communication, problem solving, team-work, and research.
Major & Minor in 2015
The University of Canberra offers a Minor in Sport and Exercise Psychology and a Major in Applied Psychology. The minor and major will only be available as options to students commencing 2013 or later.
To contact a course convenor for single or double degrees, email HealthStudentLiaison@canberra.edu.au
- Pathways to Psychology Degrees PDF (64kb)
- The Admissions team can be contacted on: 1300 301 727
- Important Dates for Students
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology
- Psychology / Sports & Exercise Science
- Science in Psychology / Management
- Science in Psychology / Arts
- Science in Psychology / Laws
- Science in Psychology / Politics and International Relations
Bachelors available on campus in Hong Kong (LIFE)
To contact the course convenor
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours)
Application closing dates
- For Semester 2 2017 entry, apply by Friday 30 June 2017
- For Semester 1 2018 entry, apply by Monday 31 October 2017
Honours & Post Graduate Information Evening
Wednesday 6 September 2017
5:30-7:30pm in Building 2 ( Room 2A06 and 2A13)
See location on map
Information about scholarships can be found at Honours Scholarships.
Contact the course convenor
Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP), PhD in General/Clinical Psychology
The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) is designed to train psychology graduates to work as Clinical Psychologists. It provides the 5th and 6th years of training required for Membership in the APS and after a further two years Registrar in Clinical Psychology program for full registration and endorsement as a clinical psychologist. The course emphasises the acquisition of clinical psychology knowledge and skills. The teaching units have a focus on practical skills through a workshop format. The faculty all maintain their clinical skills through their private practice and working closely with students in both supervision and treating of patients in the Faculty of Health Clinic.
- Master of Clinical Psychology - Course Convenor: Dr Peter Chamberlain
- Essential information on admission requirements for both domestic and international applicants can be found in the following MCP information sheet (pdf 13.5kb) (rtf 64.8kb)
- MCP / PhD Clinical Psychology Handbook 2017 (pdf 501kb)
- Easy application for MCP (pdf 27kb) (rtf 37.2kb)
- Applicants for the MCP are expected to have a 1st class or upper 2A Psychology honours degree.
- PhD Clinical Psychology applicants are expected to have a 1st class Psychology honours degree
- Honours and Post Graduate Information Evening 2016 () - Wednesday 7 September 2016 5:30-7:30pm Room TBA
- Applications for MCP/PhD 2017 (both UAC and Direct) open 1st September and close 31st October 2016
- PhD in Clinical Psychology (958AA)
- For PhD in Clinical Psychology, apply directly to http://www.canberra.edu.au/research/future-research-students (Phone (02) 6201 2470 (02) 6201 2470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
- We expect that the student will do research only for the first 1-2 years of the PhD (Clinical) course to be followed by clinical training and teaching units.
- Sean Dicks Sean.Dicks@canberra.edu.au Project Title - “The bereavement experiences of families who have made decisions about organ donation after the death of a loved-one”
- Ben Kwan Ben.Kwan@canberra.edu.au Project Title – “Mental health outcome measures for young people aged 12 to 25 years”.
- Josephine Larkings email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Project Title – “Mental Health Professionals and Consumers' causal beliefs about mental illness. Exploring the impact that causal beliefs have on perceptions of mental illness and in the treatment process”
- Ellen McKenzie Ellen.Mckenzie@canberra.edu.au Project Title – “Person-Centred Dementia Care”
- Josh Sebbens email@example.com Project Title – “Mental Health in Sport: Understanding and Improving the Early Intervention Behaviours of Elite Sport Staff”
Our academic staff are active researchers who can provide research supervision at Honours, Postgraduate, and PhD levels in our Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited programs. Our staff and PhD students are engaged in a range of applied research topics, particularly in clinical, community, forensic, and health psychology. The centre has research strengths in youth mental health, social inclusion, stress and coping, and psychosocial aspects of health care and preventative health. Our applied research includes multi-disciplinary, translational, and program evaluation research aimed at quality service delivery and enhancing children's and adults' wellbeing and resilience in schools, workplaces, and the community.
List of Academic Staff and Research Areas
- Prof Douglas Boer - Assessment and treatment of offending
- Dr Tricia Brown - Social psychology, prejudice and stereotypes
- Dr Janie Busby Grant - Memory, planning, understanding of time, theory of mind
- Dr Peter Chamberlain - Trauma, suicidality and the construct of self
- Dr Dimity Crisp - Transitions in later life, subjective well-being
- Dr Amanda George - Alcohol and drug use
- Dr Diana Grace - Child development, work-family issues, indigenous Australians, gender
- Dr Sally Kelty - Forensic and criminological psychology
- Dr Vivienne Lewis - Body Image, eating disorders, wellbeing, clinical psychology
- Prof Anita Mak - Cultural diversity in education and work, stress and coping
- Dr Kristen Murray - Body Image, Obesity, Eating Disorders,Psychology Stress,Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Practice, Clinical and Health Psychology
- Dr James Neill - Educational and environmental psychology
- Ms Lisa Oxman - Third generation CBT, child and adolescent mental health
- Prof Debra Rickwood - Adolescent help-seeking, mental health promotion
- Prof Dominic Upton - Health psychology
Visit the Faculty of Health Research pages
Helping families manage anxiety
The Cool Kids program has been running at the University of Canberra for several years. It's developed by Ron Rapee and associates from the Centre for Emotional Health and is a fully researched and evidence based program. It teaches children and their parents how to better manage their anxiety. It is a ten week group program run by trained provisionally registered psychologists several times throughout the year, involving the participation of both children and their parents/guardians, and focuses on teaching clear and practical skills.
- For information or to register call the Faculty of Health Clinic on (02) 6201 5843.
Positive Bodies Loving The Skin You're In
This program developed by body image expert Dr Vivienne Lewis is a cognitive behavioural group program for women who have appearance concerns. This program aims to assist girls and women feel more positive about their bodies and selves and reduce appearance related concerns and distress. It aims to empower women to value themselves for more than just their appearance. All programs are run by trained Psychology Clinical Masters students under the supervision of Dr Lewis.
- For information or to register call the Faculty of Health Clinic on (02) 6201 5843
- You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest
The Faculty of Health Clinics provide services to University of Canberra staff, students and the community. Our focus is on multidisciplinary evidence based care in Exercise Physiology, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Midwifery, Pharmacy, Remedial Massage, Neurology and Sleep Disorders.
Select from our staff below for their biographies, qualifications, publications, grants and awards.