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International Students looking for a career in Psychology

Psychology as a discipline is an allied science which deals in probing into human mental behaviour. It is science that assesses people behaviour, their cognitive characteristics and the various external and internal factors that determine the way they act.
Pursuing Psychology from Australia makes it very attractive as there are some handpicked universities offering world class degree program in this discipline which add to great job opportunities in future. This apart Australia is also known for its exceptional higher education system and is a combination of a vibe of both Europe and Asia and has the world’s second highest development index.

If your qualification in Psychology is in accordance with ANZCO 2723-99 then your occupation is in demand and required by employers in Australia. This occupation features on the MTSSL as an occupation in demand in Australia and it is possible to apply for any visa under the GSM category with respect to this.

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Courses Available for Psychology in Australia

Bachelors and Masters of Psychology both give a holistic and rounded knowledge of the discipline and develop among international students, skills which are required to practice as a registered psychologist. A degree program in Psychology prepares graduates to register as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). They have the specific skills and know how to assess, diagnose and treat major mental and psychological conditions.

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Bachelors in Psychology

Bachelor degree in this course is best fitted for international students who want to work in this industry. A four-year degree can give international students a provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia and they can begin work soon after completion of their degree program. There are many universities in Australia also offering Bachelors of Psychology without the Honors which can be completed in three years. An undergraduate degree in Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Course Duration:
Bachelors in Psychology (H): 4 years
Bachelors in Psychology: 3 years

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Masters of Psychology

Masters in Psychology develop skills which are required to practice as a registered psychologist. It provides them with the expertise to work with individuals and clients who have differential mental health issues- anxiety, depression, disability or other kinds and other cognitive challenges. Masters of Psychology prepares graduates to register as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). They have the specific skills and know how to assess, diagnose and treat major mental and psychological conditions.

Course Duration: 2 years full time

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Frequently asked questions about studying Psychology in Australia

Australia is one of the top destinations for international students seeking quality education. Not only is it home to world-class universities, cited annually by world university rankings, but your studies here will be recognised internationally.

With the progressive and innovative programs, not only will you learn through the most up to date methods and materials as a student, but you will see Australia’s top-notch education system first-hand that will help you in your career after your course.

  • Diploma of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Psychology in Business
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Human Resource Management)
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma of Business Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology
  • Master of Applied Psychology
  • Master of Business Psychology
  • Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Counselling Psychology
  • Master of Educational Psychology
  • Master of Psychology
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology

VET Admission

  • Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or overseas equivalent
  • As low as IELTS score 6.0 overall (no score below 5.5 in each of the component) or equivalent*

Undergraduate Admission

  • Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or overseas equivalent
  • As low as IELTS score 6.0 overall (no score below 6.0 in each of the component) or equivalent*

Post Graduate Admission

  • Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant discipline
  • As low as IELTS score 6.5 overall (no score below 6.0 in each of the component) or equivalent*

*These are average scores, certain schools may require higher or lower scores for admission

Visa Requirement

Here are some of the requirements in securing a student visa.

  • A valid passport for the duration of your study in Australia
  • Offer letter from the selected university/institution
  • Evidence of access to sufficient funds*
  • Evidence of Overseas Student Health Cover
  • Other relevant documents listed on the Department of Home Affairs visa checklists.

After completing a Bachelor or Masters in Psychology, you will be able to qualify for registering to become a psychologist with the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Depending on what state you graduated from, there may be slight differences in the registration process, but all requirements are updated frequently on their website.

As a graduate of a Bachelor or Masters in Psychology, you may be able to apply for a Temporary Graduate visa*. Temporary Graduate visa holders can study, stay and work in Australia temporarily after the completion of the studies, depending on qualifications, for eighteen (18) months to two (2) years.

A Temporary Graduate Visa presents an opportunity to gain relevant local work experiences, which may be counted towards Permanent Residency.

*Positive Skills Assessment may be needed.

After completion of a Bachelor or Masters, you can jump into a fulfilling career as a Psychologists and more. Depending on what you studied, you can pursue a career as a Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, and more.

Opportunities are on the rise for Psychologists and Occupational Therapists. According to JobOutlook.gov.au, Psychologists (16.9% job growth) and Occupational Therapists (26.8% job growth) both have an expected positive job growth.

As of November 2018, graduates of either a Bachelors or Masters in Psychology will be able to apply for PR through the following occupations:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Organisational Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Psychologists (Nec)

These occupations are listed in the following skills list:

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