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Last Lecture Award Voting Open

Last Lecture Award Voting Open
Nominations are now open for the 2014 Last Lecture Award. Whose last lecture would you like to hear?

Winter Research Program

Winter Research Program
Applications for the UQ Psychology Winter Research Program are now open.

Student awards for 2013

Student awards for 2013
Congratulations to all those students who were awarded their PhDs, Doctorates and Masters this year.

Welcome to Psychology

We hope that you will enjoy your time in the School, whether you are studying just a couple of courses; the extended major in the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science; or the Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Psychology is an interesting and varied area of study, so do take the time to find out about the different specialisations for research and practice. You will find that we offer a strong core of the classic areas of both basic and applied psychology, up to date coverage of the current developments across the field, as well as advanced courses in specific areas.

The School of Psychology's course offerings are designed to meet several goals:

  • To provide a foundation of study in psychology to students from many different faculties and schools;
  • To educate students across a wide spectrum of psychology;
  • To provide students with a foundation for a career in psychology;
  • To prepare students to conduct independent psychological research.

WATCH & LISTEN

Blake McKimmie speaks about the different options for students studying psychology, particularly what is required to progress to fourth year and some of the possible pathways afterwards.

Options when Studying Psychology

Blake McKimmie speaks about the different options for students studying psychology, particularly what is required to progress to fourth year and some of the possible pathways afterwards.

Programs and Courses

  • First Year Students: Slides from the 2014 Orientation are available here. This presentation includes important information and advice that will help you make the most of your time in the School of Psychology.

All Program and Course Information is available to students via the UQ Program and Courses database.

Click on the links below to find Psychology Programs and associated information for undergraduate and honours degrees in Psychology:

UQ Advantage Award

  • Provides undergraduate students with opportunities beyond the classroom, so that they can gain a better understanding of the world and develop key competencies that employers value.
  • For more information, visit the UQ Advantage Award page.

Dean’s Scholar Program

  • This program is run by the School of Psychology for high performing students.
  • You will receive a letter of invitation if you become eligible.
  • For more information, visit the Dean’s Scholar Program page.

Academic Resources

UQ Advantage Award

  • Provides undergraduate students with opportunities beyond the classroom, so that they can gain a better understanding of the world and develop key competencies that employers value.

myAdvisor

  • Information about academic policies and procedures, including assessment and exams

Course Blackboard sites

  • Link to course websites, which provide course resources and assignment information

mySI-net

  • Manage your enrolment
  • Access course and examinations timetables

Psychology Student Support Tutors (PSST)

  • Get help on your assignments from experienced tutors.
  • Appointments for consultations can be made during Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Student Services

  • Academic workshops for all students
  • Help to accommodate disabilities and chronic conditions
    (e.g., alternate arrangements for assessment)
  • Free counselling
  • Career services

Plagiarism, Academic Integrity, and Misconduct

  • UQ provides resources to help students learn how to identify and avoid poor academic practice, such as plagiarism and collusion (click on link above)
  • Every student must complete the university’s Academic Integrity Module before completing any assessment 

Statistics Repository

  • Information and resources to get you started when you need to use a particular statistical technique

Course and Program Info

  • Information, help, and advice regarding courses and programs at UQ 

Undergraduate Research Programs: Summer and Winter Scholarships

The Office of Undergraduate Education at UQ provides scholarships for students to obtain research experience during the summer and winter inter-semester break periods. No course credit is offered in this scheme. Students enrolled in any program (BPsycSci, BA, BSc) are eligible to apply.

For more information:

Research Experience Courses: PSYC2991 and PSYC2992

The School of Psychology offers two one-unit research experience courses as second-year electives.

The goal is to provide an opportunity for students to gain experience of working on a research project.

Activities and Assessment

  • Students may participate in a range of research activities, such as attending lab group meetings, conducting literature reviews, developing study materials, data collection, data analysis, and preparing written reports.
  • Assessment tasks will vary, depending on the specific research activities. Example assessment tasks include written reports, oral presentations, and reflective diaries.
  • Each course is graded pass/fail.

Units of Credit and Workload

  • Each course (PSYC2991, PSYC2992) counts as 1 unit of credit. Students must complete both courses if they wish to have the research experience count as a 2-unit elective in their program.
  • Students can enrol in both courses with the same supervisor, or can do each with a different supervisor.
  • Students can enrol in both courses in the same semester, or in different semesters.
  • Each course carries a workload of 65 hours for the semester (5 hours a week for 13 weeks of classes). This includes all research activities and assessment tasks. Enrolling in both courses in one semester carries a total workload of 130 hours (10 hours a week for 13 weeks of classes).

Eligibility

PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY

Bachelor of Psychological Science (BPsySc)

  • Students can undertake both courses as one of their two-unit 2nd year electives.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete all first-year core courses (PSYC1020, PSYC1030, and PSYC1040) and second-year statistics (PSYC2010) before seeking to enroll in the research experience courses.
  • If students have already completed all the second-year elective courses needed to meet program requirements, they are not eligible to enroll in PSYC2991 or PSYC2992.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

  • PSYC2991 and PSYC2992 can only be taken as general electives within the single degree.
  • Students must be enrolled in the extended major in Psychology.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete all first-year core courses (PSYC1020, PSYC1030, and PSYC1040) and second-year statistics (PSYC2010) before seeking to enroll in the research experience courses.
  • Students must confirm with the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences that they have room in their program to complete these courses.

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

  • PSYC2991 and PSYC2992 can be taken as general electives.
  • Students must be enrolled in the extended major in Psychology as part of the BSc.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete all first-year core courses (PSYC1020, PSYC1030, and PSYC1040) and second-year statistics (PSYC2010) before seeking to enroll in the research experience courses.
  • Students must confirm with the Faculty of Science that they have room in their program to complete these courses.

Obtaining Permission to Enrol

  • First, make sure that you are eligible to enrol in these courses (see above)
  • Second, obtain agreement from a supervisor for each course. You can find the list of available supervisors here.
  • Third, send an email the Deputy Head of School (Teaching and Learning) with the following information:
    • Full name and student number
    • Program you are enrolled in: Bachelor of Arts Extended Major in Psychology, Bachelor of Science Extended Major in Psychology, or Bachelor of Psychological Science
    • Semester you wish to enrol in PSYC2991 and/or PSYC2992
    • Supervisor for PSYC2991 and/or PSYC2992

Work Experience & Career Resources

The School encourages students to obtain (paid or unpaid) work experience relevant to Psychology while completing their undergraduate degrees.

Obtaining work experience during your undergraduate degree is important because:

  • It can help you narrow down your choices of a career in psychology – there are many sub-disciplines and occupations to choose from!
  • It can help you determine whether you are well suited to working in psychology.
  • It can help strengthen your application to post-graduate programs.

What you can expect from work experience

  • Undergraduate students cannot work as psychologists. Rather, you should look to obtain an entry-level position in an area that is interesting to you. For instance, you might look to work in a particular context (e.g., clinical practice in a hospital); or in a particular occupation (e.g., law enforcement); or with a particular population (e.g., children who have been diagnosed with autism).
  • Make the most of your work experience. Although your job description may be quite low-level, take advantage of your surroundings and learn as much as you can. Observe what is going on, while maintaining professional boundaries and respecting confidentiality. Introduce yourself to people and ask them about their work.
  • Conduct yourself professionally, with respect to your appearance, behaviour, and communications. Be sure to follow all rules and guidelines outlined in training or orientation sessions. When in doubt about what to do, look to your immediate supervisor as an example

Find out about work experience opportunities and learn how to apply for them

Find out about different careers in Psychology

Social Networks, Information, and Support

Social Media
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Psychology Students' Association

The UQ Psychology Students' Association (PSA) is the main student society for students studying psychology at the University of Queensland, though we welcome anyone with an interest in the field!

Staff Contacts

Information and advice for students in 1st year courses

For First Year specific enquires: firstyear@psy.uq.edu.au

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Room:
MC-313
Phone:
3365 6368
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Room:
313
Phone:
3346 9019

Information and advice for students in 2nd & 3rd year courses

For enquiries regarding 2nd and 3rd year courses: py-undergrad@psy.uq.edu.au

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Room:
MC-313
Phone:
3365 6368

Information and advice for (current or future) 4th year students

For Honours specific enquires: psychonours@psy.uq.edu.au

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313
Phone:
3346 9019

Study Abroad & International Student Advisor

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Room:
MC-313
Phone:
3365 6426
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