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Psychology

Gain the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on people's lives.

Psychology is a broad-ranging discipline which incorporates both the scientific study of human behaviour and its biological, cognitive, and social bases. You will learn to systematically apply this knowledge to solve issues or problems affecting human behaviour. 

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Flexible study options

Study psychology at CDU from the comfort of your own home or through traditional on-campus learning facilities.

Whether you want to begin your career (Bachelor of Psychological Science), fast-track your new career (Bachelor of Psychological Science Graduate Entry) or simply get a taste of studying psychology with one of our diploma courses, we are here to support and encourage you on your learning journey.

CDU also offers, by flexible delivery an Honours program which enables you to achieve skills necessary to apply for postgraduate studies.

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Postgraduate studies

CDU offers both coursework (Master of Psychology (Clinical)) and research-based (PhD) postgraduate study options.

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

The Master of Psychology (Clinical)program trains you to become a highly skilled, community-minded psychologist. You will be an expert in assessment and therapy for individuals and groups.

Given our location, our focus is on rural and remote mental health, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander worldviews of mental health.

You'll gain experience in urban, rural and remote contexts within government and non-government organisations making you highly employable on completion.

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Career pathways

A degree in Psychology provides numerous options over and above undertaking further study in order to become a psychologist. An increasing number of graduates are being employed as researchers in industry and government agencies, or enter careers in:

  • child and family services
  • child protection
  • community health and welfare
  • alcohol and other drugs
  • disability and rehabilitation services
  • human resources management
  • preventative health
  • education and training
  • community services
  • advertising and marketing
  • sport and rehabilitation
  • research
  • policy and planning.

Prize giving

Each year, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists (CCLP) awards a CCLP Student Prize. At Charles Darwin University, the CCLP Student Prize acknowledges postgraduate clinical psychology students in the Masters program, as well as students in combined Clinical Masters/PhD programs, who demonstrate high levels of clinical skill combined with the ability to design and conduct clinically relevant research. The prize is offered at each university offering an APAC-accredited postgraduate Clinical Psychology program.

Recipients of the award are contacted directly by the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

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