Master of Professional Psychology


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.


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.

How to apply

Understand the entry requirements

Gather supporting documents

If you graduated from an Australian university, UAC will be able to access your results in most cases. However, you may be asked to provide transcripts or other documentation, so it is a good idea to prepare your records just in case.

You can still apply before you complete your Bachelor Degree if you are in your final year, and you must advise UAC in your application. You may need to provide a copy of your academic transcript directly to UAC as soon as you complete your degree. UAC will provide instructions during the application process.

Submit an application

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

Receive an offer

All offers are made through UAC and are released on a rolling basis. You can access your offers and correspondence by logging into your UAC account.

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

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

When you apply to ANU, you must be prepared to provide specific documents that we need to assess your application.

Submit your application

Visit the International applications - ANU Postgraduate to start your application.

Receive an offer

There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

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