Department of Psychology
Our department offers a broad undergraduate curriculum covering all the major aspects of psychology from first year through to Honours. Our program provides students with a deep understanding of psychological theory, research, and practice in a broad range of interpersonal and community contexts.
We also provide a hands-on learning experience through our PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program, and students outside the department are encouraged to enrol in our People units. More information on these units and all the units we offer in psychology can be found in the Handbook.
Our department offers postgraduate (Masters) programs in clinical, clinical neuropsychological, organisational and applied psychology. Students undergo training within our own clinics and research laboratories, and in external clinical and workplace settings. These highly competitive programs provide students with the training and skills required for professional careers in psychology.
Higher degree research
Supported research within our department covers a wide range of areas, including:
- anxiety, depression, and emotional health
- neuropsychology and psychopharmacology
- social and organisational psychology
- perception (including vision, smell, taste) and cognition
- lifespan development, personality, and health and wellbeing
- learning and performance, including driving, music, and sport
- evolutionary psychology and the study of close relationships.
We also have multiple research groups that focus on these and other research areas and which give students the opportunity to network and collaborate with academic staff on research projects. Discover more about the research work undertaken by academics within this department.
If you are interested in doing psychology research at Macquarie, contact a researcher in your field of interest to discuss your ideas and potential supervision before applying. For more information on applying contact the Higher Degree Research Office.
Centres and clinics
Our centres include The Centre for Emotional Health (CEH) and The Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training (CEPET).
We are also involved in two clinics: The Macquarie University Psychology Clinic which offers specialised psychological services to the community and The eCentreClinic, a specialist research clinic and not-for-profit initiative.
On campus, orientation and support
The University provides support and information for students regarding on-campus food, childcare and travel needs.
Stay fit and active beyond the classroom with Macquarie’s Sport and Aquatic Centre which has a wide range of fitness classes and sporting facilities and a variety of membership options to suit your needs.
New and returning students are encouraged to attend Orientation week to celebrate the new session. Relax, explore and meet new people before lectures start the following week. Check out what is happening during 'O Week' and keep an eye on your emails for your invitation.
Need a little more help? Academic support is available for you providing academic and program advice, as well as peer support, study skills programs and training and support resources throughout your semester.
For help outside of your studies, the Health and Wellbeing teams can help by providing guidance on how to adjust to University life, counselling services, disability support services, student advocacy and much more. Don't forget, you can also tap into the student social clubs and groups as a way of connecting with others who share your passions.
Learn more about our support for current students, make requests regarding your studies online or contact us. If you have questions, please go to ask.mq.edu.au. For enquiries relating to research degrees, please contact the Human Sciences Higher Degree Research Office.
The Faculty of Human Sciences Student Centre is located at the ground floor of C3A, and open 9am - 5pm.
International student enquiries: please submit an online enquiry.