If you have an unrelated undergraduate degree, from either an Australian university or higher education provider, or equivalent overseas qualification, then you can start your psychology pathway with a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (GradDipPsychSci). These programs need to be an APAC accredited 2+3 year sequence (APAC level 1) and are equivalent to the psychology major in a Bachelor of Psychology or similar.

Once you have completed your GradDipPsychSci, with a 60% or better average, you would be able to apply to the standalone 1-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program. The BPsych(Hons) program is an APAC accredited 4th year program, also known as APAC level 2.

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

You will need to undertake your Masters (MPP or MPsych) and may also need an internship or second Masters year if you follow a 5+1 pathway. 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.

This pathway would take at least 4 years if studied full-time, not including the years of prior study.