The courses included here are some of UQ’s most popular psychology courses for Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students. Additional courses may be available depending on previous study.

Featured courses

Neuroscience for Psychologists, PSYC2020

All psychological phenomena are based in the brain and nervous system. This course overviews the rapidly expanding discipline of neuroscience as relevant to psychologists. Topics include the structure and function of sensory systems, neuropsychological aspects of attention, neural changes during learning, cortical control of executive functions and language, control of movement and skilled actions, and the biological bases of common perceptual, movement and mental disorders.

Developmental Disorders of Childhood, PSYC2311

Are you interested in learning about developmental disorders like autism, ADHD, sensory disorders, anxiety and mood disorders from experienced clinical psychologists? Everyone associated with the course is able to talk from personal experience about issues related to diagnosis, assessment and treatment of specific disorders, as well as more general theoretical issues related to causes of disorders in development and the implications of various
disorders for the understanding of normal development. You will learn how our explanation of a diagnosis is directly linked to treatment and how treatment choice is influenced by various theoretical perspectives.

Psychology of Criminal Justice (quota of 110 students), PSYC2361

How effective is our law and justice system? Why are mistakes made? In this course, you will follow the fictional crime from when it is committed, during the investigation phase, through to the trial. By experiencing a fictional case first hand, you will learn about the psychology of law and some of the misconceptions commonly held about criminal justice.

The Science of Everyday Thinking, PSYC2371

Why do people believe weird things? How do we form and change our opinions? How can we make better decisions? In this course, we explore everyday thinking. We will discuss and debate medical diagnosis, paranormal phenomena, placebos, miracles, and more. You will learn how to evaluate claims, make sense of evidence, and understand why we so often make irrational choices. More information at

Psychopathology, PSYC3102 

What is it like to experience a mental illness? In this course, you will learn about how mental disorders are diagnosed and managed and the research that attempts to explain how and why these problems develop. People with mental disorders will speak with you about their lived experience of mental health problems. Case studies are also used to expand understanding of how mental disorders are experienced. You learn and practice basic clinical decision-making skills in small groups.

Topics in Social Psychology, PSYC3032

Are you interested in how and why people influence each other’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours? These are the key questions addressed in this course. We start by examining the motivation for esteem, belonging, control, autonomy, and understanding, and then talk about perceiving others, affect, attitude formation and change, stereotypes and prejudice. You will learn about the latest findings and current topics of debate in the field of social psychology.

Health Psychology, PSYC3132

The mind and the body are intricately linked. In this course we will explore the links between mental processes and behaviours as related to health and illness. Topics include theories of healthy behaviour, health enhancing behaviour (eg exercise), health risk behaviour (eg smoking), and rehabilitation. This course will challenge you to critically evaluate the role that cognition, society and the environment play in the health of individuals.