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Master of Professional Psychology Practice

The Master of Professional Psychology Practice fully incorporates the 5+1 pathway to general registration as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Agency (AHPRA). In the first year of the course, students undertake and successfully complete the Master of Professional Psychology. The second year comprises the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) Internship (+1) during which students develop therapeutic skills, professional knowledge, and experience in psychological practice.

On successful completion of the degree, graduates will have completed supervised field placements, undertaken individual and group supervision, and acquired the professional skills to meet the requirements for the ‘5+1 internship model’ for generalist registration as
a psychologist.

This course is a pathway to full registration as a general psychologist, with fourth year graduates entering into the APAC accredited fifth year. The sixth year Internship (+1) requires individual PsyBA approval for each student and is therefore not an APAC accredited postgraduate course of study.

Location: Hawthorn East Intake: Semester 1 and Semester 2 each year
Delivery: Full Time Only Fees:  Fee information can be found here
Duration: 2 Years, or 1 Year Internship with External 5th Year FEE-HELP: Yes
CRICOS Course Code: 092973G Course Code: PY092
Application Types: Domestic and International  

What does this course offer you?

  • Robust placement program – three internal clinics, individual and group supervision included, and excellent links to further employment. Simply tell us your preferences and we’ll find a placement for you!
  • All-inclusive 5+1 Internship and dual master’s degree.
  • Direct entry to the second year with an outside APAC Accredited MPP/fifth year degree.
  • National Psychology Exam preparation workshops including mock exams.
  • Skills development workshops, including trauma informed therapy, couples counselling, writing case reports, and WISC IV refresher.
  • July 2020 start – mid-year entry open now!
  • FEE-HELP available.

What more does Cairnmillar offer?

We are committed to making your experience at Cairnmillar one that continues to assist you beyond this degree. Examples of this includes:

  • A reduced price for professional development for our students.
  • Free participation in a student leadership program.
  • Friendly staff with an open-door approach.
  • A number of online tools to assist with writing and style skills.
Course Duration and Structure

This one year (5th year) full time program consists of 100 credit points. Students undertake a total of eight units of study consisting of five coursework (62.5 credit points or 62.5%), two placement units (25 credit points or 25%) and one research unit (12.5 credit points or 12.5%).

Year One
GIP1 Intervention Competencies & Workplace Practices
GPE1 Professional Practice Issues
GAP1 Foundations in Psychological Assessment & Psychopathology
GPL1 Practicum & Supervised Placement 1
GAP2 Advanced Skills in Psychological Assessment & Psychopathology
GPT1 Psychological Treatment Models
MPW2 Research Project
GPL2 Practicum & Supervised Placement 2

This one year (6th year) full time program consists of 100 credit points. Students undertake a total of four units of study consisting of one coursework (5 credit points or 5%), two longer placement units (70 credit points or 70%) and one shorter placement unit (25 credit points or 25%).

Year Two
PPP0 Internship Planning and Preparation
PPP1 Supervised Professional Placement 1
PPP2 Supervised Professional Placement 2
PPP3 Supervised Professional Placement 3
Admission Criteria

Standard Entry Pathway

Applicants must have successfully completed an (APAC) accredited fourth year course in psychology with credit average, and be eligible to hold provisional registration as a psychologist with  the Psychology Board of Australia.

Advanced Entry Pathway

An advanced entry pathway is offered to applicants who have successfully completed an external MPP (or other APAC accredited 5th year qualification) and are eligible to apply for an AHPRA Internship Placement Plan. Credit will be granted to successful advanced entry applicants for the majority of the first year of the program allowing advanced entry students to articulate directly into the internship units of the program.

Expressions of interest for advanced entry are accepted throughout the year. Email education@cairnmillar.edu.au for further information.

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.

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
  • Demonstrate the capabilities required for registration as a psychologist
  • Analyse, articulate and synthesise psychology as a systematic body of knowledge
  • Analyse, synthesise and critically reflect on psychological constructs, models and theories
  • Administer and interpret a comprehensive range of psychological tests and assessments
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication and critical thinking skills for different audiences
  • Apply a range of evidence based psychotherapies
  • Liaise and collaborate with other mental health and allied health professionals in a range of organisational contexts and applied settings
Career Opportunities
Graduates may find employment in a variety of settings including the community health centres, schools, rehabilitation providers, human resources, forensic and private practice.
Professional Recognition
On completion of the course, graduates of the program will be eligible for:

  • Membership of The Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Registration as a psychologist with AHPRA
Would you like to talk to someone about the course?
Please contact one of the following:

Dr Alexa Kambouropoulos (Course coordinator) alexa.kambouropoulos@cairnmillar.edu.au

Professor Tess Knight (Head of School) tess.knight@cairnmillar.edu.au