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Psychology | Counselling and Psychotherapy

Studying psychology or counselling and psychotherapy will give you the skills and depth of insight to help people understand their thoughts and behaviour, opening many rewarding career paths.

Psychology is very much an evidence-based discipline. It will teach you to use scientific methods to understand why people think and act as they do; and to use your understanding to enhance people’s resilience, performance and well-being.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed studying alongside like-minded people and those with alternative perspectives in the School of Psychology, and have found the supportive environment to be enriching.
Liana Tsalamangos, Bachelor of Psychological Science

Thinking of studying Psychology?

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is ideal if you’re creative but enjoy facts and figures, and wish to develop superior problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills relevant to a wide range of careers.

In addition to core courses in psychology, you have the option to take elective courses in areas such as arts, health sciences, sciences, computer science and commerce. For more information, download our undergraduate health program guide.

We also offer a one-year Honours program for students who have completed the undergraduate Bachelor of Psychological Science or an equivalent major in Psychology. This university is unique in the state, in offering three postgraduate psychology degrees designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to practise as a registered psychologist. These provide accredited pathway training to become a clinical psychologist, a health psychologist or an organisational psychologist.

Graduate entry into Psychology

We offer a graduate entry pathway into the Bachelor of Psychological Science (SATAC graduate entry code: 3BG003). This is suitable if you have already completed an undergraduate degree but it does not include psychology or psychology beyond level 1. Further information can be found in the postgraduate section of the SATAC website.


Study Counselling and Psychotherapy

Our counselling and psychotherapy degrees offer you a very hands-on approach. Providing an up-to-date theoretical foundation and the opportunity to develop sound, practical skills through experiential learning, they’re ideal if you wish to become an ethically aware, research-informed and clinically effective counsellor.

On graduating, you’ll be ready to help individuals, couples, families and communities find solutions for emotional, mental and lifestyle issues in a broad range of areas, including: youth work, relationship counselling, group therapy, school counselling, return-to-work counselling, and private practice.

Learn with world-class teachers and technologies

Your learning in psychology will be based around the latest theory and research, and guided by outstanding educators who are themselves world-class researchers. Teachers who are senior accredited registered psychologists add a practitioner perspective to the science of psychology. What’s more, your tuition will be innovative, making use of the latest technologies, such as interactive online environments in which you can test and hone your developing skills.

Similarly, our counselling and psychotherapy lecturers are accredited practitioners with extensive experience in their fields. They will give you frequent opportunities to participate in small group workshops, in which you’ll practise and improve key skills through case-based learning.

Graduate ready to make an impact

Your psychology study at Adelaide will also give you the opportunity to utilise the University’s strong state and national industry links by undertaking your own applied research.

Study psychology or counselling and psychotherapy with us and you will graduate well equipped to undertake important work that has a positive impact on individuals, couples, families and communities.


Psychology | Counselling and Psychotherapy degrees

Undergraduate degrees

Postgraduate coursework degrees

Postgraduate research degrees


How to apply

Undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees

Applications to all University of Adelaide undergraduate and most postgraduate coursework degrees are made online through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). The specific requirements for each degree are available on Degree Finder - make sure you read these thoroughly before applying.

Are you an international student? See our step-by-step international students application guide for more information about how to apply.

Higher degrees by research

A key component of a successful postgraduate research experience is finding the best supervisor to help you achieve your investigative goals. Depending on your area of interest, there are several avenues for you to explore potential postgraduate research topics and locate a supervisor. For an overview of all research within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, visit our Research website and explore our areas of research.

Once you're ready to apply, visit the Adelaide Graduate Centre, which administers both domestic and international postgraduate research applications. If you have any queries, contact fhsresed@adelaide.edu.au.


Study overseas

How does a few weeks’ study in Vietnam sound? Or Austria, China or Japan? How about a semester in Denmark, the US or the Netherlands? At the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, we can offer you a wide range of exciting opportunities to study overseas within your degree. Depending on your program, opportunities available to you could include short study tours, semester exchanges, clinical placements and volunteering.

As a psychology student, you can undertake a semester exchange program with your choice of a worldwide range of partner universities. Our past students have studied at institutions such as Uppsala in Sweden, Cambridge University in the UK, Maastricht and Utrecht Universities in the Netherlands, and Guelph, McMaster and McGill Universities in Canada. For more information about studying overseas as a psychology student, contact fhmsglobal@adelaide.edu.au.


Student experiences

Our students talk about what it's like to study psychology at the University of Adelaide.

Clinical Psychology at the University of Adelaide

Joanne completed her Bachelor at the University of Adelaide, and talks about her experience going on to the postgraduate psychology degree, and her hopes and aspirations for the future.

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