The international University ranking systems may be a source of some controversy, but the Head of Griffith’s School of Applied Psychology has no problem with them.

Professor Paul Martin’s school stormed up the QS rankings in 2013, to occupy a place in the top 200 programs and believes the school’s ranking can only rise further.


“The School has worked very hard in the last couple of years at moving forward from being a strong School to being an outstanding School,” he said.

“A number of years ago we developed a new vision, with new goals and new strategies for achieving those goals. This extended from governance to our teaching programs.

“We are only a small way into this strategy, so its great to see it being recognised so early, though it sometimes can be a little difficult to know exactly what QS are measuring.”


Griffith’s School of Applied Psychology started their drive from reform around research, believing top-level research drives student attraction.

The focus of their teaching was also more closely geared toward the applications of psychology, giving its undergraduate programs a more practical base. The school is also building significant links with international Universities, especially in China.

“Griffith is unusual in having a strong commitment to both teaching and research.


Applied Psychology is also set to benefit from Griffith Health’s new building on the Gold Coast, relocating its research, clinical and academic streams into a single building.

This will be adjacent to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

“We are going to particularly relish the opportunities provided by the new hospital and the many exciting opportunities for collaboration in research, teaching and provision of clinical services.

“It makes a Griffith Applied Psychology degree a really attractive proposition for anyone serious about working in this area.”