Understanding who we are, how we think, feel, and act

Psychology looks at why we behave the way we do, why we experience the things we do, and why those experiences shape our behaviour. Psychology helps you understand human behaviour and how the mind works.

Psychology degrees can lead you in a number of directions. Use your skills to understand how organisations and individuals work, or to improve the wellbeing of individuals, families and organisations.

Belong to one of the best

Our psychology degrees are world-class:

  • Best employment prospects: In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, UOW ranked postgraduate psychology first in NSW for graduates in full-time employment and student support.
  • Number 1 in NSW: In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, UOW ranked undergraduate psychology first in NSW for learning resources and skills development, and second overall.
  • Best teaching quality: In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, UOW ranked social work first in NSW for overall educational experience, student support and teaching quality.



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At UOW we focus on teaching you the practical skills that you need to succeed:

  • You’ll learn the most current knowledge directly from the people involved in creating it. Your lecturers are active researchers who are keen to instil their passion for psychology into every student.
  • UOW has an onsite psychology clinic (Northfields Clinic) providing postgraduate clinical students with valuable real-world experiences.

Group patient session at Northfields Clinic

All of our psychology courses are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), either for Registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, or as qualifying degrees for entering a registrar program leading to endorsement in Clinical Psychology.

You can be sure you’ll graduate with the skills you need in practice, and those sought after by industry.

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Number 1 in Australia

UOW postgraduate Psychology ranked number one in Australia for graduates in full-time employment.

The Good Universities Guide 2023

Become one of the world's most employable graduates

Becoming a registered psychologist requires you to complete a path of study approved by the Psychology Board of Australia and available here at UOW.

If this is not your goal, there are also other career options for those who complete a 3-year degree. These include:

  • Personnel Services
  • Human Resources
  • Recruitment
  • Training and Development
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Government Agencies or Private Enterprise
  • Market and Social Research
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Case Manager
  • Data Analyst
  • Life Coach
  • Brand Manager
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Educational Officer
  • Community or Social Services

Read more: What can I do with my degree?

Meet Fiona

I called Northfields Clinic my second home during my two-year Clinical Masters degree. I think the real stand-out for me was the network of support. There was always someone available and willing to help out including supervisors, administration staff and peers. Fiona Calvert PHD Candidate and Clinical Psychology Registrar

Open to new opportunities

In 2020, the federal government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW Psychology as one of the best among NSW and the ACT universities for Learner Engagement. Here UOW student Tyler describes how study at UOW has opened new opportunities for him.


[Tyler] I came to the UOW expecting to become a psychologist, and then during my time here I moved out and I started to broaden my expectations and my views, thanks to the learning that I got.
What I've studied here at university is being able to transfer across into getting me a real life position, and I know what my future holds for me. 

A brighter future starts here

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