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Best universities for psychology degrees in Australia 2024

Explore the best universities in Australia for psychology degrees using data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024

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November 7 2023
Best universities for psychology degrees in Australia


Top 9 universities in Australia for psychology degrees

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Australia psychology rank 2024  Psychology rank 2024  University City
1  19  University of Melbourne Melbourne
2  =30  The University of Queensland Brisbane
3  50  Monash University Melbourne
4  56  University of Sydney Sydney
5  59  UNSW Sydney Kensington
6  88  Macquarie University Sydney

Australia is one of the leading destinations for international students. It is home to some of the best universities in the world and provides a great study-abroad experience for students both in and out of the classroom.

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When it comes to studying psychology in Australia, there are plenty of courses on offer at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

In Australia, students also benefit from hands-on experience of research from as early as their first year, first as volunteers or even participants in research projects and later working with academics and postgraduates to design and conduct studies.

There are 36 Australian universities featured in the Times Higher Education psychology ranking, with six universities featured in the top 100. 

Below are the best universities in Australia for psychology degrees.

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5. UNSW Sydney

The School of Psychology at UNSW Sydney offers a broad range of undergraduate courses that teach the foundations of psychology.

Students also gain general skills in research design, critical thinking, statistical analysis, and written and oral communication.

Postgraduate programmes in clinical and forensic psychology provide professional training alongside module learning, while the doctorate programme offers the opportunity for advanced study in a range of specialised research fields.  

Facilities include computer laboratories running specialist software that allow students to design and implement their own psychological research and analyse and interpret the data they collect. At master’s level, students can access laboratories for the analysis of cognition and brain function, including electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and eye tracking.

4. University of Sydney

The University of Sydney’s School of Psychology is one of the oldest in Australia.

The undergraduate psychology programme at the university consists of 10 psychology units studied over three years.

Completion of the programme is a requirement for eligibility to proceed to a master’s year. Students can also study psychology as a major or minor alongside other subjects.

The University of Sydney also offers postgraduate options such as a master or doctor of philosophy as well as graduate diplomas in psychology, clinical psychology and coaching psychology. 

Psychology students at the University of Sydney have the opportunity to explore the research facilities, including the Charles Perkins Centre and the Brain and Mind Centre. These offer hands-on experience in many areas ranging from neurobiological foundations to clinical therapy, social interaction to decision-making, and from psychopharmacology to virtual reality.

3. Monash University

The department of psychology was established in Monash University in 2007 as an introduction to psychology and business.

An honours programme in psychological science was added in 2011.

Students have the opportunity to work with researchers in a range of areas such as the way we think about the brain, discover new ways to treat mental illness and treat addiction by mapping brain connectivity.

Students will gain hands-on experience and build professional networks through internships and supervised research projects throughout their degree.

Monash offers a flexible degree structure to allow students to pursue psychology and explore other subjects at the same time. 

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2. The University of Queensland

The School of Psychology at The University of Queensland has about 50 full-time academic staff. 

The school provides an extensive range of research expertise covering biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental, health, organisational and social psychology.

Undergraduate students can complete a four-year bachelor of psychological science or a three-year bachelor of arts or science with a major in psychology, or choose to study psychology as a minor alongside another degree. An accredited fourth year of study can also be completed following the undergraduate courses.

The postgraduate offering includes a research-based master’s and doctorate courses across all areas of psychology.

The school has several centres that provide advanced-level training in practice and research in psychology while serving the community. These include the UQ Psychology Clinic and the Parenting and Family Support Centre.

The Psychology Students’ Association (PSA) is the main student society for psychology students at the university, and it organises events, both on and off campus, to promote the social and academic pursuits of association members.

1. University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is a public research university in Melbourne, Australia.

Not only is it the top university in Australia for psychology, but the institution is ranked as the best university in Australia overall, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024.

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences offers undergraduate psychology majors as part of bachelors of arts or science, as well as a breadth of psychology minor options and a graduate diploma programme for graduates seeking an accelerated psychology major. Postgraduate options include two master of psychology degrees in clinical psychology or clinical neuropsychology. 

The University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic is a teaching clinic that provides low-cost clinical services to adults, 17 years and over, living in Melbourne. The clinic is a component of the university’s professional training programme in psychology and has been running since the 1970s. Postgraduate students working towards their clinical degrees can see adult patients under the supervision of faculty members who are senior clinicians and registered clinical psychologists.

The University of Melbourne undertakes research in cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, quantitative psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology and clinical science.

Top universities in Australia for psychology degrees 2024

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2024 results.

Australia psychology rank 2024  Psychology rank 2024  University City
1  19  University of Melbourne Melbourne
2  =30  The University of Queensland Brisbane
3  50  Monash University Melbourne
4  56  University of Sydney Sydney
5  59  UNSW Sydney Kensington
6  88  Macquarie University Sydney
=7  101–125  University of Adelaide Adelaide
=7  101–125  Australian National University Canberra
=7  101–125  Curtin University Perth
=7  101–125  Flinders University Adelaide
=7  101–125  The University of Western Australia Perth
=12  151–175  Griffith University Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan
=12  151–175  La Trobe University Melbourne
14  176–200  Australian Catholic University Canberra
=15  201–250  Central Queensland University Rockhampton
=15  201–250  Deakin University Geelong
=15  201–250  University of Newcastle Callaghan
=15  201–250  Queensland University of Technology Brisbane
=15  201–250  Swinburne University of Technology Hawthorn
=15  201–250  University of Technology Sydney Sydney
=15  201–250  University of Wollongong Wollongong
=22  251–300  University of Tasmania Hobart
=22  251–300  Western Sydney University Sydney
=24  301–400  University of Canberra Canberra
=24  301–400  Edith Cowan University Joondalup
=24  301–400  James Cook University Cairns, Townsville
=24  301–400  Murdoch University Murdoch
=24  301–400  RMIT University Melbourne
=24  301–400  University of South Australia Adelaide
=24  301–400  Southern Cross University Lismore
=24  301–400  Victoria University Melbourne
=32  401–500  Bond University Gold Coast
=32  401–500  University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba
=32  401–500  University of the Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast
=35  501–600  Charles Sturt University Bathurst
=35  501–600  Federation University Australia Ballarat


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