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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 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,440
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,500

Learning outcomes

1. Employ professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner.
2. Identify psychological disorders using a recognised taxonomy.
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.
5. Demonstrate advanced psychological knowledge for clinical psychology formulation, diagnosis, and psychopharmacology.
6. Apply advanced psychological knowledge in formulation, and culturally responsive assessment in the area of clinical psychology.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ?
  • 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 opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?01/02/2021
Cancellation 2?08/02/2021
Last enrolment31/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2021
Withdraw – Academic?06/03/2021
Teaching census?12/02/2021