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The way we behave. The way we think. The way we react and interact. When you study psychology, you’ll begin to understand the science behind human behaviour – and how we can use this science to solve practical problems in all sorts of situations.

The study of psychology can have a broad and significant impact on daily life, business, education and health. You can study psychology within a diverse range of courses, choosing to learn and understand it in depth or as a way of complementing your study in another area.

Psychology can be studied as a major in our flagship Bachelor of Psychological Science degree, with pathways to masters degrees including Clinical Psychology. Flexible degree structures in Arts and Science can also make it possible to major in Psychology as part of a complementary, cross-discipline focus.

The University has an extensive program of innovative research in psychology, particularly in the areas of cognitive and clinical neuroscience, and more recently, in areas of applied psychology, including neuropsychology, health, developmental and community psychology, and psychology in legal settings.

"I chose to study the Master of Psychology (Clinical) because I wanted to work in Clinical Psychology in a hospital setting or private practice. The University of Tasmania has a great reputation as an institution"

Why study Psychology?

The skills and knowledge that you gain during your studies in psychology – understanding human behaviour, skills in research methods, reporting and communication – are skills that can be applied to a number of different careers.

Psychology graduates work in a wide array of occupations and professions such as marketing, business, advertising, criminal justice, education, public affairs, health services, human resources, and numerous other areas.

Many students use psychology as an important part of their skill set and work in a wide range of occupations and professions, such as counselling, marketing, business, advertising, criminal justice, education, public affairs, health services, human resources, and numerous other areas.

“I think that UTAS really is the best place to be doing this (psychology) research, because UTAS is quite unique.”

Loene Howes, PhD Candidate

Career profile

"A career in my industry is fulfilling, but not for the faint hearted. It is for those who have the drive to study and a desire to help those with psychological issues, it's a fulfilling profession with excellent career opportunities."

Rosalind Woodworth

Clinical Psychologist
Read more about Rosalind

Career Options

What do a human rights lawyer, computer security consultant, Olympic coach, and wildlife ecologist have in common? They all majored in psychology at the University of Tasmania.

If you study psychology, you will have the flexibility to move into a number of different industries and career paths, including:

  • Aged, family and child services
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Community health and welfare
  • Counselling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Employment and training services
  • Health Services
  • Health services support (eg/ drug and alcohol, cancer support, disability, rehabilitation)
  • Human Resources Management
  • Marketing and market research
  • Policy and planning
  • Professional Psychology
  • Probation and parole services
  • Public Affairs
  • Research careers
  • Social work
  • Teaching