Psychology Health and medical sciences

Psychology Health and medical sciences

Psychologists seek to understand how the mind works and why people behave the way they do. Macquarie’s prestigious programs prepare you for a career in specialist fields such as clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology or organisational psychology. You’ll be taught by academics who are international experts in their field.

Careers in psychology

Employment for psychologists rose strongly in the past five years and is expected to continue growing.

Become an endorsed or registered psychologistBecome a registered or endorsed psychologist

Find out which undergraduate and postgraduate degrees will lead you to become a registered or endorsed psychologist.

Psychology related careersPsychology related careers

Discover psychology related careers in the fields of business, law, healthcare, research and others.


An accredited psychology qualification provides you with more opportunities for jobs and for membership in professional organizations.

All Macquarie's programs of study suitable for the pathway to registration as a psychologist are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Registration as a psychologist is currently achieved through the Psychology Board of Australia.

Professional experience opportunities

Macquarie’s Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) units take undergraduate students out of the lecture theatre and place them in the heart of their chosen degrees. We also offer practical work experience opportunities to students who are pursuing their postgraduate studies in clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology and organisational psychology.

Watch how our PACE program offers our psychology students practical experience with leading organisations like Lyndon Community Outreach.

Watch our psychology students gain practical experience working with the Wesley Mission’s Aunties and Uncles program.

"I never considered social welfare as a possible career avenue," said PACE student, Joelle Fa. "It's now opened up my eyes not only to where I can take my psychology degree in social welfare terms, but it's really opened up some career opportunities."

Graduate outcomes

Lexine Staphinski - Master of Clinical PsychologyLexine Stapinski
PhD and Masters in Clinical Psychology

"I completed my combined PhD and Masters in Clinical Psychology in December 2008, and would recommend this degree to fellow students. My PhD research explored factors that maintain the cycle of excessive and uncontrollable worry in Generalised Anxiety Disorder. In particular, I investigated the proposal that worry serves as an unhelpful coping strategy motivated by intolerance of negative emotional states.

My experience of postgraduate study within the Centre of Emotional Health has been very positive; learning is facilitated by the supportive environment and exposure to a range of experimental and treatment research and ideas. I am now working within the Centre for Emotional Health as a Post-doctoral fellow on the Combined Alcohol & Social Phobia (CASP) treatment and research project."

Our expertise in psychology

Gain first-hand insights into the critical areas of mental health, human performance, perception and cognition from our psychology experts whose contribution to these areas are improving the lives of people everywhere.

Tap on their prolific contribution to international research literature and collaborate on postgraduate level ground-breaking projects at our highly-acclaimed research centres and clinics.

Outstanding contribution to mental health worldwide

Distinguished Professor Ron RapeeARC Australian Laureate Fellow and, Distinguished Professor Ron Rapee's is a leading authority on anxiety and its disorders. His work has made a real difference to the productivity and quality of life of Australians. His input influences scientific, mental health, and government bodies and development of new and effective treatments are used by therapists all around the world.

His research has culminated in several books and over 300 scientific papers in some of the leading international journals. He has received awards from two leading professional organisations, the Australian Psychological Society (Distinguished Contribution to Science) and the Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Distinguished Career Award).

Professor Rapee is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to clinical psychology. He is Director of The Centre for Emotional Health, one of the world's leading research centres studying the development and management of emotional difficulties.

Genes for treatment

Led by Professor Jennie Hudson, the Genes for Treatment research study has been able to identify individual characteristics that predict poorer outcomes following psychological therapy. Professor Hudson’s work has discovered convincing results that allow the identification of which children do not respond favourably to treatment. The study suggests that children with social fears, additional non-anxiety’ disorders (such as depression) and children of parents with mental health problems have poorer outcomes following treatment.

Psychology facilities

Our research clinics and labs collaboratively foster a dynamic and interdisciplinary learning and research environment for our students.

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World-class clinics

Macquarie University Psychology Clinic Postgraduates students train under the supervision of leading mental health specialists at our clinics located on campus.

  • The Centre for Emotional Health Clinic
  • Macquarie University Psychology Clinic

Our labs are available across a range of disciplines including:

  • cognition and perception
  • developmental psychology
  • health
  • organisational and applied psychology
  • personality and social psychology.

Combine your interests across two different fields and acquire a broader range of knowledge and skills that employers today are seeking.

The Bachelor of Arts - Psychology (BA) or the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) can be undertaken with the following degrees.

  • Bachelor of Business Administration which equips you with knowledge about how businesses operate as well as understanding of how people within business operate.
  • Bachelor of Commerce which equips you with a comprehensive understanding of commerce and business functions, and a range of fundamental psychological concepts that will help you understand human behaviour.
  • Bachelor of Human Sciences which equips you with an understanding of human psychological process and community services, public health and allied health. 
  • Bachelor of Law which equips you with an understanding of psychology, cognitive processes and psychological assessment, allowing you to specialise in your work as a legal practitioner.

Additionally, the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) enables you to progress towards registration as a psychologist.

Macquarie has long been a recognised leader in the field of organisational psychology with our experts collaborating on a range of projects that have the power to create immediate, positive workplace change across a wide range of industries.

Our new Graduate Diploma of Business Psychology (full time: 1 year) and Graduate Certificate of Business Psychology (part time: 1 year) will advanced your knowledge and skills in organisational psychology that employers in a wide range of organisations are increasingly seeking.

You may apply for these degrees if you have:

  • a Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent (which does not need to be psychology related) and two years’ work experience at a professional level or
  • completed a Bachelor of Psychology with honours or recognised equivalent. Both courses offer workshops and evening classes to suit work commitments.

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