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Psychology and Social Sciences

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.


Specialised majors unique to WA

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.

Counselling courses are popular

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.

Support for first year students

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.

Access to scholarships

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.

Why Study Online

Why Study Online?

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.


Why Postgrad Study

Why Postgrad Study?

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.


Your Degree

Your Degree

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.

Study areas, degrees and majors

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).

Double your options – double your major

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.

Double degrees

To really broaden your career options you might be interested in taking one of our double degree options:

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

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.


The best thing about...

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.

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In their own words: meet our Psychology and Social Science students.

The Payoff

The Payoff

In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for their overall satisfaction, the quality of our teaching and for the generic skills they developed during their studies.

And we've achieved these ratings for six years in a row – from 2009 to 2014.

There is a high demand for generic skills in the workplace, with employers increasingly recruiting graduates who can demonstrate more than technical skills. This includes the ability to manage your time, being culturally aware, being a team player and being flexible and adaptable in your work.

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.

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ECU Psychological Science graduate, Alyx Sidebottom talks about his experience.


Hear from our students

Alyx Sidebottom

"I chose Psychology at ECU so I could learn to help others."

"Having friends in the military who've been affected by the traumas of war, I was encouraged to study psychology so that I could learn how to help them and raise awareness of the issue. I chose ECU because their course was highly-regarded amongst my peers. What I didn't expect was the level of interaction we experienced in class. I've already found uses for the practical skills that I learned during my studies and they helped me to learn more about others, as well as myself."

Alyx Sidebottom

ECU Psychological Science graduate

Mahendran Swominathan

"ECU have helped me realise the type of youth worker I want to be"

"My study experience at ECU has been really enjoyable. The lecturers are extremely helpful, providing me with career advice as well as support within the course. So far, I've undertaken three work placements, and all have been valuable. Not only have they helped me put theory into practice, they've also helped me realise the type of youth worker I want to be."

Mahendran Swominathan

ECU Social Science (Youth Work) student


Our student community

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.

Current Students

www.facebook.com/students.ecu

ECU Student Guild

www.facebook.com/ECUGuild

Before you enrol with us you might want to check out this page too:

Future Students

www.facebook.com/ecujourney

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