If you are interested in studying forensic psychology, either as a graduate or post-graduate student, this resource will be perfect for you! This article was written by the (former) EAPL-S representatives for Australia: Danielle Andrewartha and Hayley Cullen.
Australia is a wonderful place for many things, not least of which is education. Should you choose to undertake forensic psychology studies, you will be spoilt for choice with numerous options in this great country. There are six states (New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, and Queensland) and two territories (the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory), in which to undertake your forensic psychology program in Australia. While you can complete a regular psychology graduate degree and focus your research on forensic issues practically anywhere in the country, you are probably most interested in universities that offer specialized forensic psychology programs. This post outlines the best universities with such programs in Australia, and offers advice and resources for those looking to apply to Australian graduate schools.
- Griffith University (QLD): Master of Forensic Mental Health (hyperlink: https://degrees.griffith.edu.au/Program/5616)
- University of New South Wales (NSW): Master of Forensic Psychology (hyperlink: http://www.psy.unsw.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate-coursework/master-psychology-forensic)
- Swinburne University (NSW): Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic) (hyperlink:https://www.swinburne.edu.au/study/course/Doctor-of-Psychology-(Clinical-and-Forensic-Psychology)-DR-CFPSY/local)
Other degrees and courses:
- Swinburne University (VIC): Graduate Diploma in Forensic Psychology (NOTE: this course is not offered to international students) (hyperlink: https://www.swinburne.edu.au/study/course/Graduate-Diploma-in-Forensic-Psychology-GD-PSYFOR/local)
- Charles Sturt University (NSW): Postgraduate Diploma of Forensic Psychology (hyperlink: http://www.mit.csu.edu.au/handbook/handbook13/postgraduate/MPsychology.html)
- Central Queensland University (QLD): Graduate Certificate in Applied Forensic Psychology (hyperlink: https://www.cqu.edu.au/courses/study-areas/psychology,-social-work-and-community-services/postgraduate/graduate-certificate-in-applied-forensic-psychology)
Some general advice
Choosing an international course that is right for you is a big decision, so do your research and do not rush your decision. It can be a long process selecting the right program, going through the application stage, obtaining a visa, booking your travel, and setting up accommodation, and you do not want to arrive in Australia feeling flustered and overwhelmed. Therefore, give yourself time to acclimatise and fall in love with our beautiful nation, before delving into what can be a long and, at times, trying field of research.
Some important things to consider are the relevant dates for applications and admissions and program prerequisites. Take time to read through the institutions’ websites carefully to check out the areas of strength and the nature of the courses offered. You may find it helpful to connect with current students or alumni to get their opinions as to studying at particular universities. Ensure your area of interest matches that of the institution and a potential supervisor (if you will be undertaking one that involves a supervision relationship, such as a PhD). Most university websites have a search engine for finding related supervisors or research opportunities.
Although it should not be the primary factor in making your decision, it is going to make your study much easier if you like the environment in which you are based, so look into the relevant states and territories – weather conditions, leisure options, public transport facilities etc.
Additional helpful resources
- The Good Universities Guide (hyperlink: https://www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au/)
Provides comprehensive and independent information about tertiary education in Australia, including details of and performance ratings for the many degrees and institutions, scholarship availability, and career pathways.
- Study in Australia (hyperlink: https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/)
The official Australian Government website dedicated to studying in Australia. It provides guidance about study costs, living in Australia, scholarships, student visas, and helpful advice on matters related to the time during your study and after completion of your program.
- The Australian Psychological Society (hyperlink: https://www.psychology.org.au/)
The largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, offering information about studying psychology and career pathways, among many other useful items. The APS also has a college of Forensic Psychology.
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Wishing you all the very best with the next phase in your exciting career path!