The top Psychology unis in Australia for 2017 are

  1. Edith Cowan University
  2. Macquarie University
  3. University of New England

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

  • psychology department size (student numbers)
  • student and graduate satisfaction with psychology courses (% satisfied)
  • indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).

Note that ECU and UNE both have large online programs. These may inflate graduate salaries because of high participation by mature-age students.

Edith Cowan University

The School of Arts and Humanities at ECU tops the subject rankings for Psychology in 2017.

ECU scores well on all quality indicators, including having the highest course satisfaction rating (92%).

Macquarie University

The Department of Psychology at Macquarie is ranked 2nd in Australia for Psychology

The Department is estimated to be the largest in Australia and has an 85% course satisfaction rating.

University of New England

The School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences at UNE is ranked in Australia’s top 3.

The School is highly rated by Psychology students and graduates (88% satisfaction).

Psychology Subject Rankings

RankUniversitySize*SatisfactionGrad salaryPoints
1Edith Cowan University66392%$51,343231
2Macquarie University1,58985%$45,942205
3University of New England31888%$51,380177
4Deakin University1,10787%$41,529177
5Griffith University96589%$38,630171
6University of Queensland97586%$42,146169
7University of New South Wales52386%$47,594167
8Queensland University of Technology70885%$44,989161
9Monash University76282%$47,854156
10Curtin University51885%$46,607154
11University of Canberra37685%$49,086152
12University of Southern Queensland20486%$51,901152
13Western Sydney University76183%$44,813149
14University of Wollongong40486%$44,983144
15Swinburne University of Technology65486%$40,770144
16Australian National University36182%$50,862141
17Flinders University60588%$38,447139
18Australian Catholic University1,22283%$36,409134
19University of Adelaide67379%$45,922127
20La Trobe University81185%$37,380127
21University of South Australia56082%$41,785118
22Charles Darwin University14179%$56,558118
23Charles Sturt University40377%$51,028117
24University of Sydney37581%$43,624104
26University of Newcastle45179%$37,18766
27Murdoch University18779%$43,55862
28James Cook University27476%$38,10030

Updated: 29 October 2016

* Combined sample size for student course satisfaction surveys.

Universities with small sample sizes for satisfaction or salary components are omitted from the overall ranking.

Student Course Satisfaction

1Edith Cowan University93%91%92%
2Bond University87%91%90%
3Griffith University89%89%89%
4University of the Sunshine Coast88%90%89%
5Flinders University87%88%88%
6University of New England89%87%88%
7Deakin University90%84%87%
8Swinburne University of Technology89%85%86%
9University of Queensland90%82%86%
10University of Wollongong89%84%86%
11University of New South Wales87%85%86%
12University of Southern Queensland85%87%86%
13Queensland University of Technology86%85%85%
14Macquarie University89%83%85%
15Curtin University84%85%85%
16University of Notre Dame Australia78%90%85%
17La Trobe University85%85%85%
18University of Canberra88%83%85%
19Victoria University79%85%84%
20Australian Catholic University80%84%83%
21Western Sydney University86%79%83%
22University of South Australia89%78%82%
23Australian National University87%79%82%
24Monash University82%80%82%
25University of Sydney79%84%81%
26Federation University Australia77%84%81%
28University of Adelaide78%81%79%
29University of Newcastle74%85%79%
30Charles Darwin University80%78%79%
31Murdoch University84%70%79%
32Charles Sturt University80%76%77%
33University of Tasmania72%80%77%
34Southern Cross University71%80%76%
35James Cook University67%80%76%
36RMIT University74%76%76%

Sources: Course Experience Questionnaire (2014-2015), University Experience Survey (2014-2015)

Universities are ranked by graduate satisfaction. For further details, see Course Ratings by Students.

Indicative Graduate Salaries

1Charles Darwin University49%33%18%$56,558
2University of Southern Queensland50%27%23%$51,901
3University of New England42%30%28%$51,380
4Edith Cowan University41%34%25%$51,343
5Charles Sturt University60%14%26%$51,028
6Australian National University37%40%24%$50,862
7University of Canberra34%41%25%$49,086
8Monash University35%42%23%$47,854
9University of New South Wales38%38%24%$47,594
10Curtin University40%32%29%$46,607
11Macquarie University41%37%22%$45,942
12University of Adelaide20%56%24%$45,922
13Queensland University of Technology37%37%26%$44,989
14University of Wollongong25%50%25%$44,983
15Western Sydney University26%47%27%$44,813
17University of Sydney36%38%26%$43,624
18Murdoch University49%15%36%$43,558
19University of Queensland35%34%31%$42,146
20University of South Australia36%35%29%$41,785
21Deakin University31%40%29%$41,529
22Swinburne University of Technology33%38%29%$40,770
23Griffith University35%30%35%$38,630
24Flinders University27%37%36%$38,447
25James Cook University39%22%39%$38,100
26La Trobe University20%49%31%$37,380
27University of Newcastle29%29%42%$37,187
28Australian Catholic University24%45%31%$36,409

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for low incomes of unemployed graduates and potential incomes of students doing postgraduate courses.

For further details, see Graduate Salaries by University.