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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. Students also participate in a work integrated learning experience which exposes them to real world environments.


Bachelors Double

To contact a course convenor for single or double degrees, email

Bachelors available on campus in Hong Kong (LIFE)

To contact the course convenor


Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours)

Course details

Application closing dates

  • For Semester 1 2019 entry, apply by Wednesday 31 October 2018 [add]

Psychology & Counselling Post Graduate Information Evening

Wednesday 5 September 2018
5:30-7:30pm (Room TBA)
See location on map

Honours in Psychology Handbook

For more detailed information about the Honours in Psychology course, including entry requirements, course structure, and FAQ, please read the Honours in Psychology Handbook.

UC Honours in Psychology Handbook 2018

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Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP), PhD in General/Clinical Psychology

The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) provides the 5th and 6th years of APAC accredited postgraduate training required to be eligible for general registration as a psychologist and entry into the registrar program for Clinical endorsement. The program also meets the requirements for membership of the Australian Psychological Society and Associate Membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.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.

PhD Candidates

  • Sarah Ambrose Project Title - "A self psychology intervention model to reduce high-risk suicidality"
  • Rachel Frost Project Title - "Psychological Outcomes Associated with Facebook Use"
  • Ben Kwan Project Title - "Mental health outcome measures for young people aged 12 to 25 years"
  • Ellen McKenzie Project Title - "Person-centred approach to dementia care"
  • Camilla Mead Project Title -  "“The ‘Good Mother’: The Role of the Internet in Changing Cultures of Motherhood”"
  • Annemarie Nicol Project Title -  "Scratching beneath the surface of self-injury: A schema therapy approach"
  • Marion Snowdon Project Title -  "Distinguishing Trauma-Associated Narcissistic Symptoms from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and  Implications for Treatment"
  • Craig Appaneal Project Title -  "Social Networks and Motivational Climate of Elite Athletes"
  • Anna Brichacek Project Title - "Positive Body Image: Body Image Flexibility as an Emerging Construct"
  • Sean Dicks Project Title - “The bereavement experiences of families who have made decisions about organ donation after the death of a loved-one”
  • Andrew Flood Project Title - "Examining the relationship between endogenous pain modulation and exercise"
  • Richard Fryer Project Title - "The specific and relative influence of social agents on 'motivational atmosphere' across multiple performance contexts"
  • Catherine Garrington Project Title - "Risk assessment and treatment of offenders who use Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM) - the development of the Risk of Internet Offending Tool (RIOT)"
  • Joshua Sebbens Project Title - "Mental health literacy in Australian elite sport: Program development and evaluation"
  • Ian Donald Project Title - "The Phenomenology of Therapeutic Change in Young People"
  • 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

    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 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.