Frequently (and sometimes) asked questions
- Can I become a psychologist if I do Psychological Studies?
- Are there attendance requirements?
- What kind of job might I get with a Psychological Studies major?
- Is your teaching underpinned by research?
- What opportunities might there be for further studies with Psych Studies?
Can I become a psychologist if I do Psychological Studies?
In a word – no. There is a single accreditation body that licenses psychologists - APAC. They have a rule that each university can only offer one accredited psychologist training course. For Monash that course is offered through the Faculty of Medicine. Monash offers several alternative psychology courses, including Psychological Studies. And while Psychological Studies may be as rigorous as the accredited course it simply can’t be accredited – because of the rules, not the content or the staff. But that has also meant we have had more freedom in deciding what units we teach and how we teach them – you won’t find the variety we offer in the accredited course. And a Psych Studies graduate is no less employable (see “What kind of job might I get…”).
Are there attendance requirements?
No. Every year we have a number of students enrolled from far-off and distant places both in Australia and around the world. We strive to make the experience for distance students as inclusive and rewarding as possible. We don’t have a physical attendance requirement, but we do have a participation requirement (to assist your learning), but of course you can do that via the internet. We strive to make our online presence as engaging, rich and inclusive as possible. Also, if you’re ever in the area drop in for any or all classes at Berwick and/or Gippsland even if you are enrolled by distance.
What kind of job might I get with a Psychological Studies major?
The general purpose of an Arts degree (BA) is to produce smart and capable graduates – flexible generalists about to tackle a wide range of tasks, critical thinkers suitably prepared and unafraid to question – life-long learners. We do all of that with Psych Studies too, but we add an important extra component. We equip our students to understand people:
- your family
- your friends
- your co-workers
- your boss
If you can develop an understanding of why people (including yourself) do, think and feel the way they do then you can set out to change and influence them. I’ll bet you can’t think of a single job that wouldn’t benefit from that!
But there are also loads of opportunities for psych graduates. You can’t call yourself a psychologist but you set yourself up as a consultant or find positions that require psychology but not a psychologist:
- public service (human services, intelligence gathering, police, defence forces, etc)
- behaviour change (eg Cancer Council, VicHealth, VicRoads, etc)
- life coaching
Psych Studies also makes for a perfect addition to a range of other degrees – teaching, counselling, business, nursing – I challenge you to come up with a degree that couldn’t be made better by including some psychology, especially the range offered by Psychological Studies.
Is your teaching underpinned by research?
All Psych Studies academics are very research active in a range of fields – have a look at our research pages to get a bit of an idea. And our research certainly does influence and strengthen our teaching. It means we go further than the textbook, it helps us to put the theories and concepts we teach into new contexts to broaden and strengthen your understanding and appreciation of the usefulness and power of a good grounding in psychology.
What opportunities might there be for further studies with Psych Studies?
We are always on the lookout for students interested in going further:
We can offer a huge range of projects (or bring your own ideas) and a very supportive environment. We also try to offer our upper-level students extra paid work, and opportunities to publish in journals and present at conferences.