Master of Professional Psychology

Overview

The Master of Professional Psychology is a two year (full-time) program and offers an alternative pathway to your professional career in psychology, without the need for an Honours degree.

The two-year program includes coursework on psychological assessment, interventions and professional skills; a group research project in the first year and practical placement experience in the second year. The Master of Professional Psychology is less research-intensive than Honours.

ANU is currently seeking to accredit this course with APAC. Once accredited, the program will provide the fourth and fifth years of university study in the 5+1 pathway to registration as a psychologist.

Graduates from the degree will be required to complete a one year internship and pass the National Psychology Examination before they can apply for full registration as a psychologist. Graduates will be eligible for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society

The program is the first in Australia to combine the fourth and fifth years of study in the 5+1 pathway and was developed specifically to meet the requirements of students pursuing this pathway. 

There are 20 places available in each intake of the Master of Professional Psychology due to availability of supervisors. 50% of these places are reserved for ANU undergraduate students and 10% of places are reserved for Indigenous applicants.

Program details

The Master of Professional Psychology is a two-year highly structured program with sequential enrolment. Upon completion of the first year (48 units) of study you will need to apply to the Psychology Board of Australia for provisional registration.

In this program you will study a variety of topics:

  • Foundations of Professional Psychology
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Professional Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychological Interventions
  • Contextualising Professional Psychology
  • Advanced Assessment in Professional Psychology
  • Advanced Psychological Interventions
  • Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Preparation for Professional Psychology Placements
  • Evidence in Professional Psychology
  • Advanced Health Psychology and Lifestyle Medicine
  • Professional Psychology Placement
  • Professional Psychology Research Project.

Learning experience

Professional Psychology Placement

This course will provide you with supervised experience in one or more professional psychology settings, where you will undertake a range of client-related activities under the supervision of a registered psychologist.

Careers

The Master of Professional Psychology can lead to a psychology career in a wide range of private, government and not for profit settings.

Graduates will be eligible for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Scholarships: Scholarships

ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

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How to apply

Understand the entry requirements

Visit Programs and Courses to check admission requirements and deadlines. 

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an APAC accredited sequence of courses in Psychology

1.   with GPA of at least 5/7 

2.   Successful assessment of suitability based on interview and 2 referee reports

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Gather supporting documents

Referee report forms should be sent directly by your referees via email to rsp.hdr.sa@anu.edu.au

Alternatively, domestic applicants who are applying to the Master of Professional Psychology program through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) are able to access the National referee system offered by Psychology Reference. 

Applications close on 31 October. In order to be considered, referee reports must have been received by the school by this date.

Submit an application

You will need to submit your application through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Receive an offer

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic achievements and referee reports. The Selection Committee will invite shortlisted applicants to attend a personal interview. Applicants who are successful at the interview will be offered places in the program. Applicants who have been offered a place will have a short period in which to accept (or decline) the offer.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

Understand the entry requirements

Visit Programs and Courses to check admission requirements and deadlines. 

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an APAC accredited sequence of courses in Psychology

1.   with GPA of at least 5/7 

2.   Successful assessment of suitability based on interview and 2 referee reports

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Gather supporting documents

Referee report forms should be sent directly by your referees via email to rsp.hdr.sa@anu.edu.au

Applications close on 31 October. In order to be considered, referee reports must have been received by the school by this date.

Submit an application

Submit an application by following instructions on Programs and Courses.

Receive an offer

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic achievements and referee reports. The Selection Committee will invite shortlisted applicants to attend a personal interview. Applicants who are successful at the interview will be offered places in the program. Applicants who have been offered a place will have a short period in which to accept (or decline) the offer.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

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