Psychology Degrees (Bachelor and Graduate)

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Why study psychology online? Studying online is the most convenient way to complete a psychology course and get a degree.

  • Studying psychology teaches you about people in a disciplined way.
  • Students learn about human thinking, behaviour and interaction.
  • You gain skills that can be applied in professional and personal capacities.

Fully online psychology programs are available, including bachelor degrees and postgraduate qualifications. For students preparing for clinical practice, you can complete a masters degree that combines online study with in-person training.

Psychology is essentially a foundation, reading-and-research-based degree, and as such, it gives you solid research, writing and analytical skills – along with a great understanding of human thought processes and behaviour.

Study Psychology Online

You can study psychology 100% online for most of the popular degrees and qualifications.

  • If you haven't studied at university before, fully online courses are available for 3-year bachelor degrees and honours (4th-year extension) programs.
  • For university graduates, you can study online for a graduate diploma (equivalent to a 3-year bachelor degree) or an advanced graduate diploma (equivalent to doing honours).

Psychology examines mental processes and how they affect human behaviour. In an undergraduate course, you may study cognitive science (the science of how people think), behavioural science (the science of how people act), and social science (the study of how people interact with one another).

By studying psychology online, you develop research, analytical and writing skills. You also gain insight into human thought and strategies to manage behaviour.

Becoming a Registered Psychologist

Studying psychology at university is a path to working as a registered psychologist or even a clinical psychologist.

  • Note that few undergraduate psychology students end up working as registered psychologists. At least 6 years of university study and workplace training is required for you to become eligible for registration.
  • The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has detailed information for students who want to formally practise psychology.

Professional psychology courses (i.e. courses that include clinical training) require you to attend residential schools on campus. The interactive map below shows Australian campus locations.

A minimum 6 years of education and training is required to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia. This can be broken down into steps: STEP 1 – 3-year accredited undergraduate psychology sequence; STEP 2 – 4th year accredited psychology studies; STEP 3 – Internship pathway or postgraduate study to general registration.

Career Opportunities

Psychology graduate presentation.

Psychology graduates have specialist knowledge and a demonstrated interest in human behaviour, personality, interpersonal relationships, learning and motivation.

As a psychology major, you have an advantage in competing for jobs such as welfare officer, youth worker, support worker and employment officer.

Psychologists commonly find roles in fields such as (i) counselling (ii) education, training and development (iii) human resources management (iv) consulting and (v) marketing.

Generally, to maximise your value in the job market, it is advisable to combine psychology studies with complementary subjects. These might include business, communication and media studies, or social work.

Online Bachelor Degrees with a Psychology Major

Deakin Bachelor of Arts

Deakin University offers a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree to distance education students. An honours (4th) year can also be completed online. The degree qualifies you to undertake further study and training if you want to become a registered psychologist. Deakin's course covers both research-based and professional studies in psychology. It is part of a broad study program in the liberal and creative arts.

USQ BSc(Psychology)

The University of Southern Queensland offers a 3-year online psychology degree (and a 1-year honours degree for graduates with good grades). The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Psychology is designed for students who want to combine psychology with other disciplines (and can be taken as part of a double major). As well as traditional psychology units, you can study topics such as law, human physiology, sports psychology and human resource management.

ECU psychology major

Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia allows online learners to study psychology as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree. The 3-year program is available fully online while an honours year can be completed by mixed-mode study. The course is designed for students interested in vocational areas such as children studies, youth work, human services and justice.

Campus Bases for Distance Courses

Distance education programs may require you to attend residential sessions on campus occasionally. For this reason, it can help to study at a university with facilities in your region.

Universities with campuses to support online psychology courses include

  • CSU (Bathurst, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga)
  • Deakin (Geelong, Melbourne, Warrnambool)
  • ECU (Perth)
  • UNE (Armidale)
  • USQ (Hervey Bay, Toowoomba).

Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Monash Online Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Monash Online offers a convenient study option if you have a uni degree and want to obtain the equivalent of a 3-year bachelor degree in psychology. The Graduate Diploma in Psychology course is 100% online and accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. You complete 1 unit at a time, with each unit taking < 2 months. The 10-unit program can be completed in just over 1.5 years of part-time, exam-free study.

Advanced Postgraduate Study

Advanced postgraduate study is ideal for psychology graduates who want to do psychology research, gain professional accreditation, or become a clinical psychologist.

Studying externally is especially convenient if you have work or family commitments. Without the burden of having to show up to classes on campus, you can prepare yourself for roles such as the following.

Clinical psychology session.

Psychology Researcher

Psychology researchers look at areas such as: addiction, ageing, anxiety, autism, body image, childhood and adolescence, chronic illness, criminology, depression, disability, eating disorders, obesity, offender reintegration, policing, substance abuse, workplace well-being, and quality of life. There is no prescribed level of study but advanced courses, such as a Masters, are highly advantageous.

Registered Psychologist

Registered psychologists can legitimately call themselves psychologists and are able to work across many fields. On the academic side, you can qualify by completing a 4-year psychology degree (honours degree), or a bachelor degree plus an advanced diploma. This gives provisional qualification. To be registered, you also need to complete 2 years of supervised experience (internship program) or a 2-year professional masters degree (study and work placements combined).

Clinical Psychology

To practise clinical psychology, you generally need to a complete a Masters degree or PhD in the subject. This involves significant clinical training, which cannot be done online. Clinical psychologists often work in public or private hospitals, mental health clinics, private practice or academic settings. Speciality areas include child mental health, adult mental health, learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, substance abuse, geriatrics and health psychology.

Distance Learning Masters Programs

CSU postgraduate courses

Charles Sturt University offers 3 postgraduate psychology degrees. The Grad Dip (2 years part-time) allows graduates from other fields to obtain the equivalent of a bachelor degree. A Postgrad Diploma (2-years part time) is required for professional accreditation. A Masters degree (4 years part time) is for registered psychologists wanting to be Clinical Psychologists.

UNE Clinical Psychology

UNE’s clinical programs – MPsych(Clin) and PhD(ClinPsych) – prepare students to fill the unmet need for clinical psychologists in Australia (especially rural areas). In the 1st year, students receive extensive training in assessment and evidence-based treatments; then, under supervision, provide assessment and intervention to clients with disorders.

Students completing the MPsych(Clin) full-time need to be committed to being in Armidale for up to 3 days per week during their first year. In 2nd year, students attend brief intensive schools. The programs are structured so that the components of clinical training requiring physical attendance (most coursework and the initial clinical placement) are packaged together at the beginning.