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.
Our professional Masters degrees equip graduates with the practical, real-world skills necessary to become effective psychologists. According to the 2021 Good Universities Guide, La Trobe's postgraduate psychology programs are ranked best in the country on skills development (100% positive rating), learner engagement (93% positive), and teaching quality (96% positive); and best in Victoria on overall educational experience (89% positive).
Undergraduate and Honours
Our APAC accredited courses include:
- Bachelor of Psychological Science: a traditional three-year degree. Students can to apply for a fourth-year honours on completion
- Bachelor of Psychology (Honours): an integrated four-year degree - three years of undergraduate study and an honours fourth year
- Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Psychological Science: explore human behaviour and its role in modern marketing
- Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Psychological Science: develop technical business skills and the analytical skills of psychological science
- Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science: study the connections between crime and the human mind and its effects on behaviour
- Bachelor of Cybersecurity/Bachelor of Psychological Science: learn the essentials of cybercrime, cyber law and computer forensics, and explore the techniques used by online criminals to deceive and manipulate individuals
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
- 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
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.
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.
This was evidenced by La Trobe's postgraduate psychology programs being ranked by graduates as best in the country on skills development (100% positive rating), learner engagement (93% positive), and teaching quality (96% positive); and best in Victoria on overall educational experience (89% positive) – 2021 Good Universities Guide.
- 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. PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this course now close on 30 October.
- 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. NOT BEING OFFERED IN 2022.
- 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. PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this course now close on 30 October. Late offers will be considered after this date if applicants have applied to the Master of Clinical Psychology or the Master of Neuropsychology and have not received an interview, or an offer.
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.
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.