School of Psychology and Exercise Science

Welcome to the School of Psychology and Exercise Science

The School of Psychology and Exercise Science prepares students for careers in the mental and physical health sectors. We offer a range of accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Psychology, Exercise Physiology and Sports Science. We are pleased to announce that from 2017, we will be offering two new, simplified degree structures designed to allow students to complete an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited qualification by simply completing a major in “Psychology” without the need for additional units or minors. 

The School places great importance in looking at the social and cultural context in which psychology is studied. We are active in research, with well-established programs of research in cognitive, developmental, physiological, clinical, organisational and social aspects of psychology.

Our vision is to be recognised as the leading sports science institution for academic, clinical and research excellence. To help achieve this we constructed a $4 million, 900sqm sports science facility, which contains labs for biomechanics, exercise physiology, conditioning and rehabilitation. The facility also houses a performance lab complete with a 50m running track, a 14m by 4m screen for projecting life-size simulations and biomechanical imaging, plus a thermal chamber that can raise the temperature to above 55 degrees Celsius.

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Study into mother-baby bonding a winning thesis

1st October 2018

km317x177.jpgA Murdoch University student who is researching the bond between mothers and their newborn babies, has excelled in presenting her thesis in just three minutes.

After winning the Murdoch competition, registered psychologist Kelli MacMillan traveled to Queensland to compete in the Asia Pacific Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) final last week.

While not successful overall, Ms MacMillan said the experience of being among the 58 finalists from many different Australian and Asian universities and across disciplines, was “wonderful”.

The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges PhD and Professional Doctorate students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. The competition celebrates the discoveries made by research students and encourages their skill in communicating the importance of their research to the broader community.

A new mother herself, Ms MacMillan is passionate about exploring the bonds between new mothers and their babies and investigating the reasons why some mothers and babies fail to develop a securely attached relationship.

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WACA and Murdoch strengthen their historic partnership

14th September 2018

waca.jpgMurdoch University has today signed a significant strategic partnership with the Western Australian Cricket Association, becoming the first tertiary education provider in the State to align itself to elite cricket.

Vice Chancellor Eeva Leinonen and WACA Chief Executive Christina Matthews formalised the partnership this morning, flanked by Western Fury Captain Chloe Piparo, Western Warriors Vice-Captain Ashton Turner and Perth Scorchers players Hilton Cartwright and Mathilda Carmichael.

The partnership signing cements the relationship between the two organisations that dates back to 2011 when Murdoch Sports Science researchers and students started working with WACA cricketers to improve their performance.

The elite cricketers demonstrated how Murdoch’s Sports Science research can help them fine-tune their batting actions.

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Psychology students gain valuable experience in the Kimberley

28th June 2018

Two clinical psychology students have returned from a life-changing trip to assist those with mental health issues in the Kimberley as part of their studies.pscyhologists 1.jpg

Provisional Psychologists Yashi Yogaraj and Pavitra Aran, spent two months in Broome, completing their first external practicum units for their Masters of Clinical Psychology and Doctorate of Psychology (Clinical) respectively.

Ms Yogaraj worked at Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) while Ms Aran completed her placement at Broome Hospital outpatient services (Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service), as well as Milliya Rumurra Aboriginal Corporation (Alcohol and Other Drug Rehabilitation Centre).

The picture is in Broome: (L-R) Yashi Yogaraj and Pavitra Aran, with their supervisor, Murdoch University Senior Lecturer Helen Correia.

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Murdoch’s sports science programs among best in the world

21st September 2017

Murdoch University’s sports science programs have been ranked among the best in the world, according to the latest Shanghai Ranking. The University’s School of Psychology and Exercise Science ranked in the 51-100 bracket in the prestigious global list, up from the 101-150 bracket in 2016. Deputy Dean of Exercise Science Dr Sean Müller said the accolade reflected Murdoch’s commitment to be a leader in academic and research excellence.

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High Profile Guest Speakers present at BRD210 World of Sport's lectures

23rd August 2016

This month saw 3 high profile guest speakers present at the School of Psychology and Exercise Science's unit BRD210 World of Sport. Dr Sean Muller and Dr Vance Locke provided students with the opportunity to discuss the world of elite sport with high profile international sportsman and coach Justin Langer and Olympic Field Hockey players Andrew Charter and Gabi Nance who recently returned from the Rio Olympics.



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