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PSYC71-611: Psychopharmacology and Pharmacotherapy


This subject introduces the study of the effects of psychoactive pharmacology on the brain and behaviour, including the medications widely prescribed for the management of psychological disorders and commonly used for social or recreational purposes. In addition students learn the issues related to drug abuse and dependence. The subject also teaches the principles of pharmacotherapy, in preparation for the possibility of suitably trained psychologists having limited prescribing rights, as is currently beginning overseas.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,920
  • Commencing in 2023: $6,070

Learning outcomes

1. Employ professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner. 2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of pharmacological interventions for psychological disorders. 3. Interpret and communicate findings in oral and written formats, including formal psychological reports, using culturally appropriate language. 4. Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature to inform practice.

Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) is an accredited 5th and 6th Year pathway towards registration as a Psychologist. Entry into this program is based on a calculated GPA derived from a completed four year sequence of study in Psychology as accredited by APAC as well as invitation into the degree. As such, this subject can only be taken by those students successfully admitted to the degree.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens14/11/2021
Semester start17/01/2022
Subject start17/01/2022
Cancellation 1?31/01/2022
Cancellation 2?07/02/2022
Last enrolment30/01/2022
Withdraw – Financial?12/02/2022
Withdraw – Academic?05/03/2022
Teaching census?11/02/2022