Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and cognition – how we think, act, react and interact as individuals and social groups.

How can studying psychology help you get a job, earn money and be a better human being? Well, read on….

Having the knowledge to understand the complex causes of behavior is a key skill in being able to relate to others in both personal and professional settings. This provides graduates with a strong foundation for careers in mental health, social work, and rehabilitation professions.

Actually, Psychology goes far beyond that –  the ability to critically analyse, statistically assess, explain, and predict people’s behavior is fundamental to almost every industry. Also, as a discipline tied to both hard Science and Liberal Arts approaches, Psychology trains students in key transferable skills such as critical thinking, self-reflection, quantitative and qualitative analysis, report writing and communication.

These characteristics have made psychology a thriving academic discipline with a wide range of career prospects.

Why study Psychology at USP?

  • A Psychology Major gives you job prospects in a wide range of careers. These include education, health, management, human resources, marketing, the economy, social welfare, mental health, community development and social justice fields. There are generally low unemployment rates among Bachelors Psychology Graduates (based on Australian, UK and US labor information).
  • Psychology in the Pacific is new…and this is a good thing! Because it means there will only be a growth in employment opportunities and there is a recognized gap in the market for professional Psychologists and mental health experts (*additional PG study required)
  • USP Psychology combines international psychological science with a Pacific cultural perspective. We consider how the theories and research apply and impacts individuals, organisations and policies in the Pacific region.
  • Psychology will help you understand yourself and your community better. You will learn about aspects of behavior relevant to your daily life, including your interactions with others, your learning and memory performance, your ability to cope with pressure and your understanding of families and parenting.

What do our Programmes look like?

Undergraduate Psychology

We currently have 15 courses available in our Bachelors programme. In levels 1 and 2 you will take foundation courses in cognition, cross cultural, child development and social psychology. In level 3 you will take courses in applied fields such as neuropsychology, health psychology and personality assessment. You will also receive training in research methods and analysis at all 3 levels including working on your own data collection and scaffolded research projects.

The BA Psychology can be taken as a single major OR combined with a second discipline for a Double Major. Psychology make a good pairing with most other subjects but some suggestions would be:

  • Psychology and Social Work: for careers in the social and community development sector or to move towards a counseling and clinical training
  • Psychology and Sociology: for careers in social policy and NGOs or academic research in human behavior and society
  • Psychology and Management: for careers in management, Human resources or marketing
  • Psychology and Education: for specialist careers in education, special needs education or child development
  • Psychology and Law or Pacific Policing: for careers in criminal justice, policing and legal settings.

Postgraduate Psychology

You can undertake advanced psychology courses through our PGDiploma Psychology Major. This involves 4 taught courses related to counseling, assessment and research. Students from non-psychology disciplines may also be eligible for this programme through bridging courses.

Following your Bachelors and PGDip studies you can continue into advanced psychology research at both MA and PhD level. To discuss your research interests please contact a relevant psychology staff member in the first instance.

Our Psychology Staff

Our excellent of professionals come from a wide variety of backgrounds in Psychology. See the staff page for more information. Our staff members are: