Bachelor of Psychological Studies students undertake one unit of fieldwork (totalling 60 hours) during the course.

Through voluntary work or paid employment you'll apply your skills and knowledge in a professional setting under the guidance of a qualified host supervisor.

This practice-based learning experience will build your network and further prepare you for the workplace.

Placement overview

You are encouraged to find a fieldwork placement that relates specifically to your areas of interest and expertise. The Fieldwork Placement Coordinator can support you through this process, however, the emphasis is on sourcing and negotiating your own placement.

In the past, students have completed their fieldwork with non-government organisations, advocacy and policy organisations, primary and secondary schools, local councils and government departments.

Once you have sourced a placement you will negotiate with employer the timing and format of the placement, e.g:

  • 6hrs x 10 weeks
  • 12hrs x 5 weeks; or
  • 5hrs x 12 weeks.

Student resources

I made many professional contacts and developed positive relationships with each of my supervisors. These contacts became references for subsequent employment opportunities.

Psychology graduate, Theresa Marasco

Host information

Partnering with VU as a placement host organisation has many benefits.

Our students are familiar with the latest research and best practices and can bring new perspectives and creative ideas to your organisation.

The following documents have more information for host organisations:

Contact us

Dr Sally-Ann Free
Fieldwork Coordinator, Undergraduate Psychology
Phone: +61 3 9919 4096