Why we feel, what we think and how we behave

Understand the processes behind human emotions, thoughts and behaviour. Apply that understanding to solve real-world problems.

Why study Psychology?

Psychology is the science of the mind. A major in psychology looks at how people behave, think and feel. What are the basic workings of the human brain? How do they affect consciousness, memory, reasoning, language, personality and mental health?

Through research and analysis, you'll ask and answer fundamental questions about the human experience. Learn about cognitive and developmental psychology, social and intercultural psychology, human relationships and even animal-human relationships.

A major in psychology is available in the Bachelor of Arts at our Melbourne and Albury-Wodonga campuses.

Where can Psychology take me?

A psychology major is the perfect complement to other science majors if you want the edge on understanding human behaviour. The useful combinations with psychology are endless – a unique understanding of user interfaces in Computer Science or Information Technology for example.

A major in psychology prepares you for a career in a range of fields including government and public service, research, health, education and human resources.

Although highly competitive, outstanding students also have the opportunity to apply to transfer to a Bachelor of Psychological Science, an alternative pathway to becoming a practising psychologist.

Please note: a psychology major in the Bachelor of Science doesn't equip you to practise as a registered psychologist. For more information about psychology, the professional accreditation process and study requirements, visit Become a Psychologist.

Why La Trobe?

  • At La Trobe you'll have access to outstanding neuroscience laboratory facilities and Australia's first Autism Research Centre.
  • You'll learn from psychologists working in our Psychology Clinic, which offers services to the general public.
  • Our researchers and academics attract research funding, peer reviewed project grant funding and have a strong record in publications.
  • La Trobe is a member of Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Australia, which attracts more than $340 million in annual funding.
  • We provide specialised child development, biochemical and physiological laboratories, a superior animal house, computing facilities, technical, biochemical, and computer support staff, and illustrative services and facilities.
  • We're among the top 150 universities in the world for psychology (QS World University Rankings 2013/14). 

Further study options

Although Honours is not available with a psychology major, it is complementary to the many other Honours options for the Bachelor of Science.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on Psychology and Counselling. 

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in Maths (any).

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