Psychology Degrees (Bachelor and Masters)

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Psychology of the human mind and society.

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 both your professional and personal lives.

Fully online psychology degrees are available, as well as mixed mode courses which prepare students for clinical practice.


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)
  • social science (the study of how people interact with one another).

Studying psychology at university is a path to working as a registered psychologist or even a clinical psychologist. However, it should be noted that few students end up working in these vocations specifically.

  • Fully online courses are widely available for students who are not committed to becoming research or clinical psychologists.
  • The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has detailed information for students who want to formally practise psychology.
  • Professional psychology courses may require attendance at residential schools on campus. See the interactive map below for campus locations.


Psychology graduates are in demand in a wide range of workplaces. They have expertise in human behaviour, personality, interpersonal relationships, learning and motivation.

Graduates are commonly employed in jobs such as welfare officer, youth worker, support worker, and employment officer. Psychologists find roles in areas such as:

Top Online Bachelor Degrees

Deakin Bachelor of Arts

Deakin University offers a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree to distance education students. It qualifies you to undertake higher-level study if you want to be a professional psychologist. The course covers both research-based and professional studies in psychology. It is part of a broad study program in the liberal and creative arts.

ECU psychology majors

Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia allows online learners to study psychology as part of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science 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.

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.

Distance education programs may require you to attend residential sessions on campus.

It can help to study with a university that has 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).

Psychology consultation with patient.

Online Graduate Programs

Postgraduate psychology study is ideal for students who want to do psychology research, gain professional accreditation or become a clinical psychologist. Studying externally is convenient for graduates with work or family commitments. You can prepare yourself for roles such as the following.

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 required but advanced courses, such as a Masters degree, are highly advantageous.

Registered Psychologist

Registered psychologist can call themselves psychologists and work in many fields. You need to complete a 4-year psychology degree or a bachelor degree plus a 4th year specialising in psychology (which could be an honours year or a graduate diploma). This gives provisional qualification. To be registered, you also need to complete 2 years of supervised experience or a 2-year accredited postgraduate degree.

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.

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 first 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 three days per week during their first year. In second 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.