Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

Optical Illusion

Are your eyes spinning?

This optical illusion appears to be in motion because it is sending scrambled messages to your brain. How our brains work, and how that impacts on behaviour is just part of what studying psychology at AUT will teach you.

Psychology is the study of human behaviour. It explores what humans need to develop and thrive. As most career roles involve dealing directly with people, there are distinct advantages to understanding why people behave as they do. An understanding of psychology is extremely useful for a wide range of careers including career and employment counselling, community development, management, marketing and communications, politics, public health promotion, public relations, or training and development.

This major looks at psychology within the context of our society*, where we live and work. It introduces you to the main areas of psychology including developmental, personality, clinical and social psychology.

It takes a hands-on approach and provides you with research, assessment and intervention skills. This major can also provide the foundation for the postgraduate studies required for registration as a psychologist.

*You can also major in psychology (with a health focus) as part of the Bachelor of Health Science. This doesn’t qualify you as a clinical psychologist. See the Health Sciences section for details on the Bachelor of Health Science.

Career opportunities

Psychologists are professionals who have completed undergraduate studies in psychology, followed by postgraduate qualifications in a particular specialist area of professional practice in psychology. Careers include:

  • Child or educational psychologist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Organisational psychologist

Psychology will also provide students with greater depth in their chosen discipline if they are interested in the following careers:

  • Career and employment counselling
  • Community development
  • Management
  • Marketing and communications
  • Politics
  • Public health promotion
  • Public relations
  • Teaching and training

Structure and content

Aside from gaining a solid theoretical understanding of psychology and its applications, you will learn:

  • How to conduct scientific research in psychology
  • Statistical analyses and interpreting data

You will acquire additional skills throughout the programme depending on which study path you choose. Some of these skills are:

  • Psychological assessment skills
  • How to intervene in a professional setting

Throughout the three years of the BA, you take core papers that provide the necessary skills in writing, research and IT capability to prepare you for academic work and your working life.

The Co-operative Education paper gives you an opportunity to apply the knowledge you have acquired throughout your psychology degree in a workplace. Read more about workplace experience here

The Research Project allows you to design, conduct, and report on real research.

For a list of core papers see the Bachelor of Arts overview.

The study of psychology at the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy looks at psychology within the context of our society; the places where we live and work.

Core papers
COMM570 Academic Communication
CLSY504 Knowledge and Inquiry
CLSY500 Culture and Society
COMM604 Communicating

Psychology papers
PSYC580 Introduction to Psychology A
HEAL504 Psychology and Lifespan Development
PSYC502 Introduction to Psychology B
PSYC680 Individuals and Identities
PSYC681 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC683 Foundations in Psychological Inquiry
PSYC602 Social Psychology
PSYC601 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC603 Psychological Assessment
PSYC604 Personality
PSYC605 Brain and Behaviour
PSYC780 Emotions and Human Nature
PSYC781 Applied Issues in Cultural and Social Psychology
PSYC782 Research Project
PSYC701 Experimental and Applied Behaviour Analysis
PSYC702 Critical Evaluation in Psychology
PSYC703 Experimental and Applied Behaviour Analysis II
PSYC704 Biopsychology
PSYC705 Positive Psychology
PSYC706 Health Psychology
PSYC707 Approaches to Psychological Intervention

Industry connections

AUT has links in psychology with:

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Last updated: 08-Dec-2016 9.23am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.