Postgraduate program Master of Professional Psychology
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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.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 098563K
Program Code40117

Program handbook


The Master of Professional Psychology has received conditional approval by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and, together with a subsequent year of supervised practice, is a pathway to becoming a registered, practicing Psychologist in Australia. Having completed your four years of psychology undergraduate studies, this one year Masters level program will provide you with applied professional practice knowledge, skills and experience in areas such as assessment, interventions, counselling skills, practice management and professional ethics. The program includes two professional placements. On completion of the program you are eligible to then acquire and undertake a one year internship as required and managed by the Psychology Board of Australia.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrated successful (prior or concurrent) achievement of Pre-Professional Competencies.
  • Applied evidence-based and scientific methods to professional practice across the lifespan in empirically valid ways.
  • Employed professional communication skills with a range of socially and culturally diverse clients.
  • Performed appropriate standardised psychological testing, as part of broader assessment, to assess and interpret aspects of functioning.
  • Identified psychological disorders using a recognised taxonomy.
  • Conducted professional interviews and assessments and synthesised information from multiple sources, including assessment of risk, to formulate a conceptualisation of the presenting issues to determine the most appropriate interventions.
  • Monitored outcomes and modifications based on evolving case formulation, including health and health concerns, family and support networks, and organisational, cultural or community contexts, with care given to the appropriateness of interventions for the client within their wider context.
  • Interpreted and communicated findings in oral and written formats, including formal psychological reports.
  • Implemented appropriate, empirically supported interventions at an advanced level, and monitored clients’ progress and intervention outcomes.
  • Demonstrated respect for the skills and contribution of other professionals.
  • Worked effectively with a range of professional and support staff in the workplace and communicated and collaborated effectively, within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements.
  • Operated within the boundaries of their professional competence, consulted with peers or other relevant sources where appropriate, and referred on to relevant other practitioners where appropriate.
  • Rigorously applied professional practice policies and procedures, including as they relate to referral management and record-keeping, across a range of workplace settings and with recognition of different organisational cultures and practices.
  • Engaged in self-reflective professional practice, taking account of the impact of their own values and beliefs, and taking appropriate actions as a result.
  • Evaluated the effectiveness of their professional practice, identifying areas for improvement and implementing changes where needed.
  • Critically evaluated contemporary scientific literature to inform practice.
  • Investigated a substantive individual research question relevant to the discipline of psychology.


Information correct as at14 May 2021 3:44 am
Program code40117
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 year full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code098563K

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Admission information

Admission requirements

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.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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.

Additional selection criteria

  • 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 directly to the University in addition to the application lodged through UAC (domestic students) or 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.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Compulsory program requirements

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

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at

Program requirements

The Master of Professional Psychology program requires the completion of 80 units which includes 60 units of coursework and 20 units of placement.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

Additional documents

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
PSYC6405Applications of Psychological Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6501Professional and Ethical Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6502Counselling and Psychological Intervention
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6503Psychological Practice: Adult Psychopathology
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6506Psychological Practice: Children and Families
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6507Assessment in Psychological Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6526Psychological Practica 1
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6527Psychological Practica 2
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units

Additional information

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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