Students accepted into the course must have successfully completed a four year, or three years plus a fourth year, APAC-accredited sequence in psychology. Students must hold general registration as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA), with no conditions on their registration, and have practiced for at least 12 months. Students will also be required to successfully pass an interview process and referee check in order to demonstrate APAC level three professional competencies.

An order-of-merit for entry will be prepared taking into account (a) academic record, (b) previous work experience and training, (c) academic and professional referees’ reports, and (d) interview.

If you do not yet hold full registration with AHPRA, please see the standard Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) or Master of Professional Psychology for suitable options

Applications for this course also require three (3) references to be submitted via and must be received in the system by no later than 1 week after the close of applications.

You must provide a minimum of three (3) referees but we will only read up to four (4) if you submit more than three (3). We recommend that you include at least one of each type of reference if possible (e.g. at least one (1) academic and at least one (1) professional reference, the third reference can be either although a second academic reference is recommended where possible). For more information, see our FAQ page. 

NOTE: your current professional supervisor can act as an academic reference if required. For more information, please see our FAQ page. 


For entry into the course, students are required to submit 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 applicants will be invited to attend an interview with members of the School Teaching Faculty. Potential students will also have the opportunity to pose any questions they have about the proposed course of study at the interview.