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Psychology involves the study of individuals and groups how we think, act, react and interact. Its application is based on two fundamental principles, namely, the betterment of individual, group and community life and absence of harm. These characteristics have made psychology a thriving academic discipline and a vital professional practice whose influence relates to most aspects of private and public life. These include education, health, management, the economy, workplace practices, social welfare, mental health and notions of social justice.

The Main Reason to Study Psychology?
  1. Help you understand yourself and other people by learning about aspects of human behaviour that will help you in daily life, including your interactions with others, your learning and memory performance, your ability to cope with pressure and your understanding of the causes of psychological disorders.
  2. Complement other learning by combining Psychology with other courses. Many courses in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, as well as those in the Australian School of Business, benefit from an understanding of human behaviour, be it social interaction, language and communication, human motivation and emotion, or the process of decision-making. Knowledge about brain function and behaviour is of considerable benefit to students studying other science degrees.
  3. Develop sound analytical skills through the application of scientific method. Psychology is a science. The defining feature of any science is the objective approach that is used to advance our knowledge. In psychology we use this scientific approach to learn about behaviour and mental life. Psychology provides an excellent training in analytic thinking and scientific research methods that are applicable to a broad range of careers.
  4. Prepare you for a career as a professional Psychologist. Psychologists work in a wide variety of different contexts, including clinical, legal, organisational, educational and research settings in both the private and public sector. The initial training required to work as a psychologist is an accredited undergraduate degree in psychology. Specialist training in different professional areas
  5. Provide excellent job prospects in a wide range of careers. Job Outlook, the careers and labour market research information site of the Australian Government, makes the following points about Psychologists: Psychologists are employed across several industries including Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; Education and Training; and Administrative and Support Services. This mix of industries is highly favourable for employment growth prospects. In fact, employment growth over the next ten years is predicted to exceed 140%, with growth in the top 10% of all careers over the next 2-10 years. For Psychologists working full-time, average weekly hours are 37.8 (compared to 41.3 for all occupations) and earnings are above average in the top 20% of all careers. Unemployment for Psychologists is low.

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

  • James Johnson - Head of School and Senior Lecturer
  • Shazna Buksh - Assistant Lecturer
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