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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. Griffith bachelor degrees will give you a thorough grounding in clinical, developmental, biological, cognitive, social and organisational psychology.
You'll learn how to use interpersonal skills and the principles of counselling to help people with personal, health, vocational and social difficulties.
You'll also get to hone your psychology skills in real-life clinical settings via placements in our psychology clinics and will learn under the supervision of highly qualified clinical psychologists. Further studies can provide you with a variety of career opportunities in general psychology across a range of areas including clinical psychology, organisational psychology and other specialist fields.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!'
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
- thinking and perceiving
- criminal activity
- social relationships
- working in organisations.
*Australian Government Job Outlook, March 2016.
17 Sep 2020
Students recognised with National Council of Women Queensland bursaries
15 Sep 2020
Griffith micro-credentials to meet post-COVID skills gap
Monday 13 July — Saturday 17 October
Trimester 2: Teaching and exams
Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.
Monday 26 October — Friday 30 October
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