The Master of Professional Psychology prepares selected psychology graduates who have successfully completed an APAC accredited fourth year course in psychology, to gain the knowledge and skills to meet the core capabilities and attributes required to practice as a psychologist. The eight competencies include the knowledge and skills to research, analyse, articulate and synthesise psychology as a systematic body of knowledge. Students learn a range of evidence based psychotherapies and interventions, gain professional experience through 300 hours of supervised practice with a range of client groups and life-span issues. This includes gaining the experience and skills to administer and interpret a comprehensive range of psychological tests and assessments.
The aim of the course is to provide a general education in the professional practice of psychology, such that the graduate is eligible to gain registration as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), via the ‘5+1 pathway internship model’ for general registration with AHPRA. Students may also be registered psychologists seeking to upgrade their qualifications. This fifth year has been designed specifically to meet APAC and PsyBA guidelines for such courses. On completion, students are required to sit the National Psychology Examination.
|Location: Camberwell||Intake: Semester 1 each year|
|Delivery: Full Time Only||Fees: Fee information can be found here|
|Duration: 1 Year||FEE-HELP: Yes|
|CRICOS Course Code: 092974F|
Course Duration and Structure
This one year full time program consists of 100 credit points. Students undertake a total of eight units of study consisting of six coursework units (75 credit points or 75%), one placement unit (12.5 credit points or 12.5%) and one research unit (12.5 credit points or 12.5%).
|GIP1||Interpersonal Process and Workplace Practices|
|GPE1||Professional Practice Issues|
|GCB1||Cognitive Behavioural Interventions|
|GDT1||Psychological Assessment, Diagnostic Testing and Interview Competencies|
|GHP1||Developmental Psychopathology Across the Lifespan|
|GPP1||Preparation for Psychology Practice|
|GPL1||Supervised Placement 1|
Applicants must have successfully completed an (APAC) accredited fourth year course in psychology, and be eligible to hold provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Bard of Australia. Upon commencing the course, students must be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the PsyBA, provide a copy of a current Police Check and a Working with Children Check. International students must have an IELTS score of 7.00 with a minimum in each band of 7.
For entry into the course, students are required to submitted an application through the Apply Now page, with certified or original scanned copies of the following supporting documentation:
- Most recent academic transcripts
- A current curriculum vitae
- A 500 word personal statement outlining what factors have contributed to the application
- Proof of residency/citizenship (e.g. passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate)
- Two academic and one professional reference using the online HODSPA reference system. A guide on how to use the system is available here.
Successful applications will be invited to attend an interview with members of the School Teaching Faculty, providing students the opportunity to discuss any concerns they have about the proposed course of study.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Students applying for this program may enter into a process in which they may be granted credit or partial credit towards the qualification in recognition of previous experience where an equivalence of earlier learning can be established.
Credit transfer for an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) course, is only applicable for recently completed APAC accredited postgraduate programs.
Credit or partial credit is not granted in recognition of knowledge or skills gained through work or life experience.
The granting of credit for placements on the basis of previous experience gained as a registered psychologist is not permitted by APAC.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
- Ability to apply knowledge and skills in applied settings
- Competence in foundation skills
- Solid grounding in generalist psychology
- Ability to administer and interpret a range of psychological tests and assessments
- Ability to practice and evaluate a range of evidence-based interventions and psychotherapies
- Ability to work therapeutically with individuals, couples, families and groups
- The professional and communication skills to work effectively with other mental health professionals in a range of organisational contexts
- Eligible to apply for a +1 Internship
Graduates may find employment in a variety of settings including the community health centres, schools, rehabilitation providers, human resources and private practice.
On completion of the course, graduates will have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare them for a final year of supervised practice, the ‘5+1 internship model’ for general registration with AHPRA, and may wish to enrol in the Master of Professional Psychology Practice.
The course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and meets the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) requirements for a generalist fifth year in psychology.