Study options

Psychology courses help students understand human cognition, perception, emotion and behaviour, leading to a range of careers where interpersonal skills are required.

Our courses focus on real world skills including teamwork, oral presenting, computing and data analysis, report writing, critical thinking, and interpretation of research findings.

We offer psychology courses accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) that provide pathways for becoming a psychologist and other careers.

Our Bachelor degree graduates will have the La Trobe Essentials: interdisciplinary skills, knowledge and attitudes sought by employers.

Undergraduate and Honours

Our APAC accredited courses include:

Double degrees:

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Subjects

You will study a broad range of psychology subjects and electives, with flexibility to do electives outside of psychology.

Core subjects include:

  • Experimental and clinical foundations of psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Cognition
  • Psychological research methods
  • Psychological assessment and intervention
  • Research projects in psychology

Psychology electives can be chosen in such areas as:

  • Behavioural neuroscience
  • Clinical neuroscience and neuropsychology
  • Psychology of human-animal relationships
  • Neural bases of consciousness
  • Close relationships: Theory and practice
  • Psychology of culture, communities and global citizenship
  • Understanding and treating autism spectrum disorders

Field placements

You will also do a supervised field placement to observe and engage in real world activities in a workplace setting. In partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services we can offer students placements with offices such as Child Protection Services, Disability Services, Secure Welfare Services, Client Outcomes Branch and Health Workforce Planning. Alternatively, organisational psychology projects can be done in a business context.

Postgraduate

Our Masters programs in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology and Professional Psychology provide advanced, world-class training that will qualify you to be skilled and effective professional psychologists. Our contemporary, evidence-based training programs employ a competency-based approach to clinical training that integrates theoretical knowledge and practical skill development.

Courses include:

  • Master of Clinical Psychology: completion of this degree followed by a supervised registrar program leads to an area of practice endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. The opportunity to expand to a concurrent Master of Clinical Psychology/PhD program is available for local applicants after successful completion of the first year of the Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Clinical Neuropsychology: completion of this degree followed by a supervised registrar program leads to an area of practice endorsement as a Clinical Neuropsychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. The opportunity to expand to a concurrent Master of Clinical Neuropsychology/PhD program is available for local applicants after successful completion of the first year of the Master of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Master of Professional Psychology: completion of this degree followed by one year of supervised practice leads to general registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Practical placements

Our postgraduate students are registered provisional psychologists and undertake a placement in the La Trobe Psychology Clinic where experienced supervising psychologists prepare students for external placement.

External placements are done with a wide range of partner organisations, including all major public health services in Melbourne, drug and alcohol services, memory clinics and private practitioners and clinics.

Research degrees

La Trobe University runs postgraduate programs that prepare students for a career in research or advanced application of psychological knowledge.

PhD degrees can be completed as a stand-alone degree with a research focus or combined with a professional psychology Masters program.

There are many researchers in the School of Psychology and Public Health with strong partnerships locally and internationally, with whom you can complete a research degree. Or view our PhD topics available for supervision.