Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes. For example, psychology is concerned with the way we behave as individuals as well as in groups; it is concerned with the way we act as well as the way we think; and it is concerned with our interaction with the physical world as well as our interaction with others.
Psychology is both a profession and a science. That is, psychological phenomena are investigated using the scientific method; and the outcomes of these investigations are applied to diverse professional settings (eg. treatment of mental illness, job selection, health promotion, education policy, etc.).
As well as achieving the basis for registration, students who complete the 4 year Psychology program have the necessary training to obtain work in areas such as schools, hospitals, prisons, human resources, developmental disabilities and various social policy areas in the private and public sectors. Registered psychologists are in high demand. These qualifications are required for entry into all professional psychology programs, such as postgraduate clinical training programs, which will qualify you to become a clinical psychologist. They also form the ideal base to pursue graduate research programs such as the PhD.
Watch psychology graduate, Amanda Green, talk about her career as a clinical psychologist and how she got there.
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