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Learn to describe, understand and predict behaviour

If you're fascinated by the human mind, and why people can be caring, cruel, irritating, creative or wonderful — and sometimes all of those — a degree in Psychology will give you a broad understanding of the way human beings relate to each other.

You'll also acquire skills that can be applied to a wide range of promising careers.

Griffith is a leader in psychology education in Australia. Our strong focus on applying psychological knowledge and skill-based courses is unique, and essential if you are to provide effective assistance for people with personal, health, vocational or social difficulties.

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Study psychology at Griffith

Giving you an excellent foundation

Griffith is ranked in the top 200 for Psychology in the world by QS World University Rankings. Many of our lecturers have earned national teaching awards for excellence, including University Teacher of the Year.

You’ll learn how to evaluate and understand tests that measure intellectual, behavioural, and emotional states, and to apply psychological theories to areas such as thinking and perception, stress, health, criminal activity and group behaviour.

Start your study in one of three trimesters, and give yourself the flexibility to plan your study load to suit your needs.

We offer a number of degrees which emphasise different aspects of psychology study, and their likely career paths:

  1. Our new Bachelor of Counselling will enable you to make a real and potentially immediate difference in people’s lives. You’ll apply your 350 hours of on-campus training in counselling to placement opportunities.
  2. The Bachelor of Psychological Science is our most flexible degree, perfect if you want maximum choice. It’s the ideal platform to study a double degree paired with Business, Exercise Science, Law or Criminology.
  3. The Bachelor of Psychology with Honours is the pathway to the major commitment of becoming a registered psychologist. In its fourth year, you’ll begin research training and be introduced to professional practice.

One of fewer than 20 male Aboriginal Registered Psychologists nationally, Psychological Science (Honours) graduate Clinton Schultz founded Marumali Consultations to provide culturally responsive wellbeing support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. He also created Sobah, Australia’s first non–alcoholic Aboriginal-owned craft beer.

Lauren King

Griffith Psychology Graduate

For student Lauren King, the chance to study psychology at Griffith has been a gift after moving from her hometown of Albury, NSW and being offered a Griffith scholarship. 'I had always dreamed of studying psychology in a warm coastal environment once school was finished, but I was also concerned about the financial implications as I knew that I would have to support myself,' she said. 'I was really keen to get up to Queensland and knew that I would be able to make a success of things, whatever happened. It just so happened that the letter from Griffith came on the day I was leaving!'

Lauren King

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Career outcomes

Your skills are valuable in a range of professions

Studying psychology gives you a broad range of transferable skills. Griffith graduates complete their studies with the training and experience to begin working straight away

Demand for counsellors and their skills is expected to grow strongly in Australia to November 2019* and the Bachelor of Counselling has been designed with input from frontline counselling agencies, including what they require in graduates.

Our other degrees will also give you a thorough grounding in how psychology applies to:

  • mental health
  • development and ageing
  • neuroscience
  • thinking and perceiving
  • personality
  • criminal activity
  • social relationships
  • working in organisations.

*Australian Government Job Outlook, March 2016.

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Key dates

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Monday 24 February — Monday 24 February

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 28 May to Friday 6 June.

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Friday 8 May — Saturday 9 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 11 May — Thursday 14 May

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Wednesday 13 May — Thursday 14 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

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Thursday 21 May — Thursday 21 May

Cairns Youth and Careers Expo

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Monday 22 June — Wednesday 24 June

Trimester 2: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 29 June — Saturday 10 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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