Why study psychology at ANU?

Do you want to get the most out of your studies in psychology? Here are some things that you need to know about our approach to psychology at ANU.

ANU is a great place to study

ANU and the Research School of Psychology have excellent reputations as great places to study.

There are many ways to rank universities and faculties. One organisation is QS who rank according to four broad areas that are of interest to prospective students: research, teaching, employability and international outlook. The rank relates to quality of both teaching and research – things students care about!

The most recent ranking from QS put ANU in the top 25 universities in the world and psychology at ANU was ranked 26th for psychology departments around the world.

At ANU we cover the full spectrum of basic and applied psychology

At ANU Psychology you will be surrounded by experts answering important and useful questions. We cover both basic and applied research giving you a wide range of knowledge and research skills. At ANU students tackle the big ideas but know how they relate to real-world contexts.

Research can be:

  • Basic: seeking to understand general principles that underlie human brain/behaviour, or
  • Applied: seeking solutions to specific real-world problems or applications.

Research at ANU covers the full spectrum of basic to applied research, which includes understanding questions like:

  • How the visual brain works to develop applications for the ‘bionic eye’ for people with sight loss/blindness?
  • What grabs our attention and when, and what implications this has for driving performance?
  • Why do people have difficulty understanding climate science, and how can we present this information so they can understand?
  • What are the causes of dyslexia?
  • How can we help patients function better and recover quicker, including after a stroke?
  • What impact does the way children play have on the development of their creativity?
  • What impact do mobile phones have on users brains?
  • What are the defining personality traits that reliably predict people’s behaviour?
  • What are the causes of bullying and what can be done about it?
  • How can we best treat mental illness?
  • How do eating disorders distort the way that people perceive themselves? How can we change that?

ANU is connected to the global community

ANU Psychology is connected to the community, other areas of ANU and other leading universities. You can study for a time at other places including our IARU partners

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford
  • ETH Zurich
  • National University of Singapore
  • Peking University
  • The University of Tokyo
  • University of Copenhagen
  • UC Berkeley
  • Yale University.

Updated:  21 March 2019/Responsible Officer:  Director, RSP/Page Contact:  Web Admin, RSP