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Why study at UOW 

Understanding who we are, as well as 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.

One of the best in NSW/ACT
The Federal Government's Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2018 as fourth among all universities in New South Wales and the ACT for Psychology.

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Sam is studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and a Bachelor of Laws.
He is passionate about social justice and wants to follow in his parents’ footsteps by helping those who have been disadvantaged.

Why study Psychology 


  • All of our psychology courses are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and are reviewed to ensure they meet the needs of students and industry.

  • 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.

  • You will get a personalised experience at UOW through face-to-face tutorial classes.

  • We have the degrees that will get you to your end goal - whatever that may be. We offer programs that can lead to registration as a psychologist - or - you can complete one of our 3-year degrees and use your qualification in fields such as Human Resources, Marketing, Recruitment, Government etc. 

  • UOW has an onsite psychology clinic (Northfields Clinic) providing postgraduate clinical students with valuable real-world experiences.


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Overview of careers

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

UOW is in the top 1% for graduates as rated by global employers: UOW is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of our graduates, ranking in the 151-200 band in the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.


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


Our courses are accredited, comprehensive, challenging but inspiring. They allow students to do a major in psychology but also combine that major with study in other disciplines. I’m proud of the quality of our programs and our commitment to excellence in teaching and research.

Peter Caputi
Associate Professor, Head Of School, Psychology


I have always had an interest in what drives people’s behaviour, how the mind works, and why people feel the way they do. These interests drove me toward studying psychology. I hope to one day become a Clinical Psychologist working with people in a clinical setting—while continuing my research.

Sarah Liddle
Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical) Candidate
Bachelor of Psychology Honours

Emma Barkus Psychology Testimonial

Driven by a desire to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable young adults, Dr Emma Barkus is focused on understanding the causes of a devastating mental illness: Schizophrenia. Find out more about Emma’s work here.

Dr Emma Barkus
School of Psychology, UOW

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There are so many different and interesting careers you can have in psychology, even just within clinical psychology. While I still really enjoy clinical work, my current role has enabled me to influence the way the health system operates, and the way sectors work together. I’m hoping that this results in significant improvements at a population level. Psychology’s a fantastic degree. The study may be a long haul, but the jobs are really rewarding.

Dr Alex Hains
Regional Manager, Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative
Psychology graduate