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Australian and New Zealand universities offer an excellent range of flexible ways in which to study Psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

At undergraduate level Psychology is offered either as a major within a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, or as a specialist degree such as a Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Students who are interested in pursuing Psychology as a professional clinical career or who would like to study the subject at postgraduate level would usually take a specialist degree, such as the Bachelor of Psychology. These degrees are usually four years in length.

Studying Psychology as a major within a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science is a good option if you are generally interested in the field of Psychology, but don’t necessarily want to become a professional practicing psychologist. A BA or a BSc in Psychology allows students to study other subjects alongside Psychology and would be three years in length. Please click here for more information about general undergraduate degree structures in Australia and New Zealand.

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Any student who wishes to study a postgraduate coursework Psychology course in Australia (with the view of qualifying as a practicing psychologist after completion) must get their UK bachelor degree in psychology formally assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) to make sure that it is comparable to an Australian psychology degree. Please note that this assessment must be completed before you can lodge an application for a professional Masters in Psychology qualification in Australia. The APS assessment can take up to three months so it is very important to bear this in mind when looking at application deadlines. Professional postgraduate psychology courses often have earlier deadlines than other masters courses so please check these carefully with Study Options before you start your applications. Professional masters programmes in Psychology are two years.

The APS assessment is only required if you are seeking admission to a postgraduate clinical course that will potentially allow you to register with the APS. It is not required if you wish to study psychology in a non-clinical setting (for example, if you want to undertake a research programme in Psychology) or if you want to apply for a postgraduate coursework qualification in New Zealand.