Want to explore the complexities of the human mind and play an important role in ensuring the wellbeing of individuals, families and organisations?
If you're interested in knowing how to become a psychologist, or a counsellor or social worker, you should analyse this study area closely.
At ECU we offer diverse and nationally-recognised courses across the areas of Psychology, Social Science, Speech Pathology, Counselling, and Social Work.
This fascinating field provides you with knowledge about how humans think, function and behave in a multitude of settings, and the factors that can impact on their normal function.
We are the only university in Western Australia to offer specialised majors in Children and Family Studies, Youth Work and Human Services within a Social Science program.
This gives our Social Science graduates a broader range of career options.
If you're thinking you'd like to do a counselling course, but aren't sure where to start, or how to become a counsellor, we offer a range of choices.
This includes everything from a University Certificate in Counselling to a Bachelor of Counselling degree, or even a Master of Counselling and Psychology.
As a first year student you'll have the support of a peer mentoring program to help you settle into university life and study.
The program connects new students with second or third year peers, giving you inside knowledge on how to succeed in your studies.
With the support of an ECU scholarship, we can help you realise your ambitions by improving your financial situation and enabling you to successfully complete your course.
At ECU we understand that everyone is different.
Different work arrangements, different family responsibilities, different locations or different learning styles.
That's why we offer the flexibility of studying many of our courses online.
Now you can study where you want, when you want.
Balance your study with family and work commitments. Or advance your career without leaving the workplace.
And just because you're not on campus doesn't mean we'll forget you. Online students get our full support too.
Are you passionate about a particular area or field of work?
Have you just completed a degree and think you’d like to go onto postgraduate study?
Maybe you've been working as a professional and you’d like to gain a competitive advantage or change career direction?
Whatever your reason or background, we offer a wide range of postgraduate courses at ECU.
And because we understand that your life is already busy, we offer the flexibility and convenience of part-time and online study options too.
Our degree courses have been developed with input from industry groups, including the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, the Australian Community Workers Association, Speech Pathology Australia, the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority and the Australian Association of Social Workers.
As a psychology or social science student, you'll also have access to lecturers who are active researchers and experienced clinicians.
Many of our undergraduate Psychology, Counselling, Social Science and Youth Work courses are also available online, allowing you to balance your work and study commitments.
To help you choose a career direction, we've grouped similar fields of work into 12 study areas across ECU – Psychology and Social Science is one of those study areas.
Within each study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) or a Bachelor of Youth Work.
For some degrees, you can choose a speciality, or major, like Children and Family Studies or Human Services.
Postgraduate degrees are also available through coursework or research. You can study our Master of Social Science (by Research) or a Master of Psychology (by Coursework).
Choosing a double major as part of your degree will broaden your expertise and career opportunities.
Under a Bachelor of Arts Psychology degree you can combine Psychology and English, or Psychology and Writing, or Psychology and Youth Work, or Psychology and Children and Family Studies.
You can also combine Psychology and Addiction Studies, Psychology and Counselling, or Psychology and Criminology and Justice.
In the social science area, double majors include combining Welfare and Community Work with Youth Work or with Addiction Studies, Counselling, Women's Studies, or Sport Management.
To really broaden your career options you might be interested in taking one of our double degree options:
The ECU Psychological Services Centre provides counselling, psychotherapeutic services and psychological assessments to members of the community. Clients may be self-referred, or referred by professionals in the health, legal, educational, employment and other sectors.
Assessment and treatment is available for individuals, groups and families in areas such as anxiety and depression, stress and lifestyle management, family therapy and children's behaviour management, adolescent counselling and much more.
Psychometric testing is also available for diagnosis of ADHD, intellectual capacity, learning difficulties and personality.
Most children would rather play video games than memorise their times tables. But the new Numbeat app, developed by ECU researchers in the School of Psychology and Social Sciences, means they can now do both at the same time.
The app is based on the psychological principles of skill acquisition, which show that repeatedly practicing simple tasks, such as counting, allows the process to become automatic, freeing up more mental resources for more complex problems.
Our students discuss the things they like best about studying at ECU, including their helpful and approachable teachers and the way they've been prepared for their future as working professionals. Research students also present their work in our annual Three Minute Thesis competition.
In their own words: meet our Psychology and Social Science students.
In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for the quality of our teaching and for the starting salaries they've secured since graduating.
We've now achieved 5-star ratings for teaching quality for the past seven years, while consistently rating highly on overall graduate satisfaction and generic skills development during that time.
So when you graduate with a Psychology or Social Science degree at ECU, you can expect to be better prepared than most to enter the world of work - and you may be rewarded with a better salary too!
ECU Psychological Science graduate, Alyx Sidebottom talks about his experience.
"I’ve made friends and professional connections that enrich my life."
"I never expected to experience such a wonderful rapport with both the staff and students here at ECU. My lecturers were always willing to arrange times with me to discuss my work and other aspects of psychology. They were so passionate and have inspired and encouraged me to forge my own path. I feel that I’ve made friends and professional connections here that will enrich my life beyond my career."
Psychology and Counselling graduate and Psychology Honours graduate
"ECUs social work lectures were a valuable resource."
"Returning to study after 10 years in the workforce was certainly a challenge, but ECU’s Social Work lecturers proved to be a valuable resource. Their knowledge, experience, level of professionalism and passion for education really helped grow my confidence and adjust to student life."
Social Work graduate
We have an active student community at ECU. Most faculties or schools have interest groups or events that relate to your area of study.
You can also make connections and join conversations on our social media pages.