Psychology Major

Bachelor of Arts, 3 years full-time, Parkville. CRICOS code: 002167E

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Graduates of the accredited Psychology major will demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge of Psychology: A broad knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the core topic areas of psychology, as outlined by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
  • Scientific Enquiry and Critical Thinking: A capacity for scientific reasoning, problem solving and research skills to enable investigation and interpretation of the key factors underpinning behaviour and mental processes
  • Communication of Psychological Knowledge: Skills in communicating psychological concepts and theories effectively to professional and lay audiences in both written and oral formats
  • Ethical and Social Responsibility: A broad knowledge of ethical principles and their application to the conduct of research and professional practice, and the development of professional values to work effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Development of Professional Skills: Work and study skills that sharpen their readiness for employment and/or further study, including skills in critical thinking, literature review, experimental design and data analysis, reflective thinking, giving and receiving feedback, and working effectively both independently and in groups
  • Application of Psychological Knowledge and Skills: An ability to articulate how psychological theories and research relating to human behaviour and behavioural change can be applied to explain and inform problems at the personal, interpersonal and societal levels

Course Description

Offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Taught at the University since the late 1800s, psychology is intellectually fascinating and has direct applications to everyday life. Psychology embraces a wide range of perspectives and approaches that contribute to the scientific study and understanding of behaviour, especially human behaviour.

If you would like to work as a registered psychologist in Australia you will need to complete the major sequence that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This leads to further study, after which you can become an accredited psychologist. To complete an accredited major you must complete 10 subjects, including two as breadth.


  • Psychologist
  • Community health
  • Government
  • Human behaviour

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