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Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
FeesLimited Commonwealth supported places are available.
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English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 7.0, IELTS section minimum - 7.0 Find out more about IELTS.
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Program Code40117

Study Professional Psychology

The Master of Professional Psychology is a professional qualification for those who wish to practice as a Registered Psychologist. Through intensive psychological training and education, graduates will be skilled in applying advanced psychological learnings competently and ethically across a broad range of professional settings.

You will enhance your theoretical skills and learn to use relevant principles and methods to assist people with a range of behavioural problems, taking into account social and cultural diversity, current relevant legal frameworks, mental health practice standards and codes of ethical practice.

On successful completion of the program and an additional internship year under the supervision of a registered psychologist, graduates will be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a General Registered Psychologist.

Why study with us?

  • No.1 IN AUSTRALIA for teaching quality and overall educational experience in Psychology*
  • Take advantage of flexible and diverse placement opportunities – our academic experts will assist you with obtaining diverse placement opportunities that will allow you to develop your professional skills and career in psychology under the supervision of highly experienced Registered Psychologists.
  • Be mentored by leading specialists in the field – during your placement, you will be supervised by highly experienced Registered Psychologists to ensure you receive extensive experience and preparation for seeking General Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
  • Discover an alternative APAC accredited pathway into the profession of psychology – successfully complete our program and complete an additional internship year to become a PsyBA registered psychologist.
  • 94.7% of postgraduate students in our Psychology Studies find employment within four months of graduating**

    * Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching 2018
    ** Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-2019
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World top 200 ? for psychology
Top 5 ? in Australia for learner engagement (Postgraduate Psychology)

What you will study

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Professional Psychology offers a professional qualification for those who wish to practice as a registered psychologist.

You will enhance your theoretical skills and learn to use relevant principles and methods to assist people with a range of behavioural problems, taking into account social and cultural diversity, current relevant legal frameworks, mental health practice standards and codes of ethical practice.

Courses to support your drive and direction include:

  • Professional & Ethical Practice
  • Psychological Practice – Adult Psychopathology
  • Psychological Practice – Children and Families
  • Counselling and Psychological Interventions
  • Assessment in Psychological Practice
  • Applications of Psychological Practice
  • Psychological Practica

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list


Career opportunities

On successful completion of the program and an additional internship year under the supervision of a registered psychologist, graduates will be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a General Registered Psychologist.

Other career prospects may include:

  • private, public and non-government organisations
  • schools
  • community health
  • human resources
  • rehabilitation and disability services
  • specialist psychological services
  • law courts
  • prisons
  • teaching and supervision
  • applied research

Professional recognition

The Master of Professional Psychology has received conditional accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Accreditation ensures graduates receive a high quality education that will allow them to employ their psychological knowledge and skills in the community.

Practical experience

This program integrates practical placements with suitably qualified supervisors. You will be required to complete a minimum of 134 hours of direct client contact.

How to apply

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Applicants require all of the following in order to be considered for a place in the program:

  • Successful completion of an AQF Level 8 four-year APAC accredited sequence (or equivalent).
  • Eligibility for provisional registration with the Psychology Registration Board of Australia.
  • Successful completion of an application portfolio, including at least two references.
  • Successful completion of an interview.

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0.

  • Special Selection Procedures - Students must satisfy the School of Psychology standards of suitability for the professional practice of Professional Psychology. When evaluating suitability, the School will take into account previous relevant experience, reports of at least 2 referees, units of study previously completed, and the outcome of a selection interview. Interviews for shortlisted candidates, either face-to-face or via teleconferencing, by a panel comprising at least two members of academic staff of the School of Psychology, one of whom has qualifications equivalent to those required for full membership of the Australian Psychological Society. Interviews will be scored according to the interview matrix. All applicants are required to submit a professional portfolio with their admission application. Applications and portfolios are lodged through UAC (domestic students) or directly to International Admissions (international students). The professional portfolio must include an application cover letter, a resume, and appropriate attachments. The attachments will include reports from referees and certified copies of university transcripts. Additional detail can be seen in the How to Apply section of this page. International students would have to meet the English language requirement set by the Psychology Board of Australia and have their overseas qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society.

There are two placements required in the program.  Each placements will be 20 days (a total of 300 hours) duration.

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Applications for 2022 will open on September 1 and close on October 4.

Please review the application instructions below. A completed copy of this application portfolio must be included with your application. No late applications can be accepted.

Download the application portfolio (PDF, 400KB).

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Both students and education agents can submit applications online using our Online Direct Admissions tool. This is our preferred way of application. You can save your application after you have started, and come back to it later.

Applicants must submit a formal application for admission, and also provide a completed Application Portfolio (PDF, 300KB) directly to the University.

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