The Master of Professional Psychology is the fifth year of a 5+1 internship program comprising coursework, research training and practical placements. The course provides preparation for progression to a one-year Psychology Board of Australia approved internship program through the development of professional skills, in tandem with theoretical and empirical knowledge, in line with the scientist-practitioner model. Research training, including the ability to critically assess and apply research findings to inform evidence-based professional practice, is also provided.
On successful completion of the Master of Professional Psychology, graduates will be eligible to undertake a sixth year (the +1 year) of practical training. The one-year supervised practice internship which leads to general registration as a psychologist is arranged and developed independently and must be approved by the Psychology Board of Australia.
Please note: The closing time and date for the receipt of applications for admission to the Master of Professional Psychology degree in 2018 is 11.59pm on 30 September 2017. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.
Further information regarding the application and selection process can be found in the Postgraduate Psychology Program FAQs (239 KB)
The minimum academic requirement for entry to the course is successful completion of a four year APAC-Accredited sequence in psychology (AQF Level 8) within the last 10 years, together with eligibility for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist.
To be eligible for entry to the course applicants must have attained either a 2A Honours degree or a Distinction minimum average across their psychology subjects in years 3 and 4 of their APAC accredited undergraduate training.
International applicants will need to have achieved a GPA equivalent to a Distinction average in their Honours year or fourth year of undergraduate study together with a minimum IELTS score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Further information on the English Language Skills Registration Standard of the Psychology Board of Australia (1 July 2015) is available on the website: http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx
Those applicants who have not completed a four year APAC-accredited sequence in psychology must have their qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society, and provide the assessment report from the Australian Psychological Society with their application. Information on how to do this and the fees associated with this service can be found at: https://www.psychology.org.au/become-a-member/Types-costs-fees-membership. The assessment report must state that the applicant's qualifications are comparable to a four year APAC-accredited sequence in psychology.
All applicants must satisfy the Division of Psychology that they are suitable candidates for professional training in psychology. Selection will be based on referee reports, academic merit, relevant experience, and a structured interview by a selection panel. Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview in November.
Professional Experience Placement Requirements
SAFETY IN PRACTICE COMPLIANCE
All students enrolling in Faculty of Health programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.
The Faculty, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure (PDF 659.0KB), assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include: