School of Psychological Science

Why study Psychology?

Psychology is relevant to almost any human endeavour—which means a psychology degree, or some complementary psychology studies, are relevant notonly for traditional psychology careers, but for a wide range of careers.

Psychology can take you anywhere and everywhere. Of course there is some uncertainty regarding 'the jobs of the future,' but it is clear that these jobs will require precisely the skills that a psychology degree equips you with.

An undergraduate degree in psychology prepares you for a range of interesting career paths.

Career paths

Traditional careers in psychology

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Industrial and Organisational Psychologist

Non-traditional careers in psychology

Public sector
  • Government agencies (WA Dept of Communites, Dept of Health – Child Protection, juvenile justice, public health)
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Federal and State police forces
Not-for-profit sector
  • Mental health, addiction, and disability support services
  • Community and welfare services
  • Children, youth, and parenting services
  • Charities
Private sector
  • Corporate business (mining)
  • Banks and financial service providers
  • Professional service firms (accounting, human resources, consulting, human factors)
  • Market research, marketing, public relations, advertising, consumer goods companies
  • Employment services and industrial relations
Education sector
  • Schools and universities (integration aides, student services, administration)
  • Employer graduate programs

Many federal and state government agencies, as well as many organisations such as banks and professional service firms offer graduate programs that provide specific job-relevant training. Often these programs are open to graduates from many disciplines, and psychology graduates and their broad skill set are held in high regard across the board.

Core skills

An undergraduate degree in psychology equips graduates with the following core skills:

  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social and group issues.
  • Recognise and appreciate the impact of mental health issues.
  • Think critically and creatively.
  • Use scientific methods to solve problems.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate research projects.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and settings.
  • Act professionally within an ethical framework.
  • Work independently and as part of a team.

Why Psychology at UWA?

We have an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research. UWA is a '5-star-plus' institution; this takes into account teaching, research, innovation, and employability (QS World University Rankings).

Teaching excellence

  • Teaching standards at UWA are very high, and teaching is constantly evaluated. Our evaluation scores are consistently amongst the best in the university sector, with a mean overall score consistently exceeding 3.3/4. This means that approximately 90 per cent of students 'agree' or 'strongly agree' that we provide a good educational experience.
  • At UWA, you learn from academics who operate at the leading edge of the discipline. We don’t just teach the textbooks — we conduct the work in the textbooks.
  • We also have outstanding student support staff to provide you with advice and guidance.

Research excellence

  • At UWA Psychological Science, you are involved in cutting-edge research from Year 1.
  • We have received the top rating of 5 in all three rounds of the Commonwealth’s Excellence in Research for Australia exercises (2010, 2012, 2015). Our research is thus 'well above world standard'. We are one of only two Australian psychology schools to achieve this.
  • UWA Psychological Science consistently ranks in the top 50 psychology departments in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject). We are one of only six Australian schools in the top 50, and the only WA school in the top 100.

Industry connections

  • We offer work-integrated-learning through our large network of corporate partners.
  • Our postgraduate programs are leading the way in terms of research-integration, evidence-based practice, and innovation. Our students are thus in high demand across many sectors.
  • UWA is an international hub for the areas of Business and Industrial and Organisational Psychology, and we have strong links with various industries.
  • Our clinical programs are recognised as amongst the very best in the country, and we have extensive networks with clinical service providers.

Student choice

  • UWA courses are progressive, flexible, and benchmarked against the world’s best. The flexibility means you are not locked into a named degree from first year.
  • Graduates are equipped with communication and critical thinking skills at the highest international standards, and are trained to have a broad, interdisciplinary, global perspective.

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Monday, 20 November, 2017 9:35 AM