The School of Health and Human Sciences offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in psychological science, providing several options for those wishing to enter a career as a psychologist.
To become a registered psychologist in Australia, students must first complete a four-year sequence of university study in programs accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This could consist of a three-year Bachelor's degree followed by a one-year Honours or Honours equivalent degree. Or, it could consist of a single integrated four-year program.
Following completion of these four years of university study, graduates must also then complete either two years of supervised experience as a provisionally registered psychologist, or complete an accredited postgraduate degree at Masters or Doctoral level to become fully registered. More information about becoming a psychiologist is available from APAC or the Psychology Board of Australia.
Southern Cross University's psychology degrees are fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Our Bachelor of Psychological Science provides the first three years of required study and can be followed by our one-year Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours degree or our one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology - to meet the four-year minimal educational qualification for conditional registration as a psychologist in Australia and for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society.
For graduates with an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than psychology and who have completed the equivalent of two introductory units in psychology, our Graduate Diploma of Psychology provides the content that is required to be delivered during the first three years of a psychology degree.
Students who undertake our psychology degrees acquire strong analysis skills of human, organisational, and community-wide problems, and a comprehensive understanding of statistical methods. Our academic staff are talented teachers and researchers and their research is recognised internationally.
Updated: 29 October 2012