School of Psychology and Counselling

How do I become a psychologist by studying at QUT?

The study of the human mind and behaviour, and understanding why we do what we do is unique to psychology.

As a registered psychologist, you can apply your behavioural expertise to areas including cognition, neuroscience, or social and developmental behaviour. Career opportunities encompass wide ranging areas, such as:

  • clinical practice
  • developmental and educational
  • community services
  • forensics
  • program evaluation and management
  • research

Studying psychology courses at QUT will provide you with a stimulating program of studies and practical placements that prepare you to become a registered psychologist specialising in your preferred interest area. You will gain substantial foundational knowledge and develop practical skills to practice as a provisionally registered psychologist under the guidance of our experienced supervisors. A Master of Clinical Psychology will further build your skills in conceptualising and treating clinical presentations using a range of integrative psychotherapeutic approaches. A Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) will prepare you to assess, diagnose and treat people facing issues that impact their educational and developmental progress.

Degree pathways

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council sets out degree pathways for psychology, including study to develop foundational knowledge, provisional registration, and advanced knowledge, skills and experience.  See the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council for more information on pathways to registration as a psychologist. Degree pathways at QUT integration real-world learning, and in our psychology degrees this means that you will undertake supervised clinical practice in the QUT Health Clinics, where community members receive professional family therapy, psychological and counselling services.

Years 1-3

Complete our APAC accredited undergraduate psychology course, Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) (3 years full time).

Year 4

Complete our APAC accredited Honours year (1 year full time). Graduates will be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Years 5-6

Complete one of our APAC accredited master's degrees, Master of Clinical Psychology or Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) (2 years full time).

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