Why should I study Psychology?

We often wonder why we think, feel and behave in certain ways.

Knowledge of Psychology helps us to better understand ourselves and our social world. It teaches us how to study behaviour by looking at how our brain processes information and also how our environment influences us.

Psychology fits nicely between the sciences and humanities. If you are not particularly strong mathematically, but find scientific evidence interesting, go for it.

If you are interested in learning more about people, and why they behave they way they do, you will really enjoy Psychology.

Where does Psychology lead?

Psychology is a direct pathway to a career in this field, but this subject is invaluable for more than just becoming a psychologist. Other possible careers include (and are certainly not limited to): social work, teaching, counselling, sport, media, marketing and the legal system.

Studying Psychology at university can be as electives in several different humanities based degrees (eg Bachelor of Arts), not just as part of a Psychology degree.

What work will I do in Psychology?

In Stage 1, the topics are:

  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychological Wellbeing
  • Intelligence
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Human Psychological Development
  • Emotion

In each 10 credit course, three of these topics are studied.

In Stage 2, the topics are:

  • Biological basis of, and Altered States of Awareness
  • Learning
  • Social Cognition and Influence
  • Personality
  • Healthy Minds

Assignments are a combination of written reports, presentations and tests.

What do other students think about Psychology?

Personally, I am really interested in the forensic field. The Brain and Behaviour assignment has allowed us to choose what topic we want, either career choices or mental illness. Being given the opportunity to research into forensics more has expanded my knowledge and allowed me to research more deeply into the forensic industry.


It’s fascinating to see how mental illness can impact lives and how people learn to manage it. As someone aiming to becoming a Psychologist, I think the most important information we’ve learned is how the brain itself works and develops. This is knowledge we can use in many aspects of our lives; relationships, research, even child-raising if that’s something we want. It’s always good to know more about how you function. Psychology courses are very unique in that they allow you to understand other people’s feelings more precisely. You can come to understand why people react the way they do and why they say the things they say. I think, to some degree, studying Psychology can make you more empathetic.


Where can I find more information about Psychology?

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