This answer is for applications who do not have any prior higher education qualifications or undergraduate studies and are interested in pursuing an undergraduate psychology degree in Australia.

  • If you have an overseas undergraduate degree in psychology see: ‘If I have overseas psychology qualifications?’
  • If you have an overseas undergraduate degree in any discipline other than psychology see: ‘If I have another undergraduate degree which is not an APAC accredited psychology program? >’

The Cairnmillar Institute does not currently offer an APAC accredited undergraduate (APAC level 1, AQF level 7) program for students without any prior studies.

You can register your interest here and we will contact you should an undergraduate degree be offered at Cairnmillar in future.

For now, applicants without an undergraduate degree are encouraged to check that the undergraduate degree you are intending to pursue is APAC accredited. See: APAC

An undergraduate degree, including an APAC accredited major sequence, will take three years full-time study. This is only the first step, you cannot register as a psychologist with only an undergraduate degree.

A further year of study will be required to complete a standalone APAC accredited 1-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) or an inclusive Honours year. (Honours is considered APAC level 2, and AQF level 8).

Once you have completed your Honours program, you would then be able to apply for a Master of Professional Psychology (commonly referred to as a 5+1 program) or a Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) or a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) or other APAC accredited Masters or Doctoral programs in psychology, such as a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology or Master of Organisational Psychology.

You will then need to complete your APAC accredited Masters (such as the MPP or MPsych) and/or internship. At a minimum this will be at least 2 more years of study and/or supervised practice before you can gain registration as a psychologist with AHPRA.

For more information about Masters programs and final pathways see: What are the Masters of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) or Master of Professional Psychology (5+1) and other higher degree pathways once I complete Honours?

This pathway would take at least 6 years if studied full-time.