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Master of Professional Psychology

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 350 hours of supervised practicum with a range of client groups and life-span issues. It also includes gaining the experience and skills to administer and interpret from a 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. This fifth year has been designed specifically to meet APAC and PsyBA guidelines for such courses.

Location: Hawthorn East 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 (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 Interpersonal Processes and Workplace Practices
GCB1 Cognitive Behavioural Interventions
GPE1 Professional Practice Issues
GPL1 Supervised Placement 1
GDT1 Psychological Assessment, Diagnostic Testing and Interview Competencies
GHP1 Health Psychology
GPL2 Supervised Placement 2
MPW2 Research Project/Needs Analysis
Admission Criteria

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 Board 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 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 applications will be invited to attend an interview with members of the School Teaching Faculty, providing students the opportunity to discuss any questions 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 PsyBA +1 Internship
Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in a variety of settings including the community health centres, schools, rehabilitation providers, human resources and private practice.

Professional Recognition

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 Psychology Board of Australia ‘5+1 internship model’ for general registration with AHPRA, and may wish to enrol in the Master of Professional Psychology Practice.