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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 psychotherapeutic 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.

Although this course is a pathway to full registration as a general psychologists for fourth year graduates, APAC cannot accredit the PsyBA Internship Program. For this reason, this is not an APAC accredited postgraduate course of study.

Location: Hawthorn East Intake: Semester 1 each year
Delivery:  Full Time Only Fees:  Fee information can be found here
Duration: 2 Years FEE-HELP: Yes
CRICOS Course Code: 092973G

 

Course Duration and Structure

This two year full time program consists of 200 credit points. Students undertake a total of 11 units of study consisting of seven coursework units (87.5 credit points or 43.75%), three placement units (100 credit points or 50%) and one research unit (12.5 credit points or 6.25%).

Year One
GIP1 Interpersonal Process and Workplace Practices
GPE1 Professional Practice Issues
GCB1 Cognitive Behavioural Interventions
GDT1 Psychological Assessment, Diagnostic Testing and Interview Competencies
GHP1 Health Psychology
GPP1 Preparation for Psychology Practice
GRW1 Research Project
GPL1 Supervised Placement 1
Year Two
PPNE National Psychology Exam Preparation
PPP1 Supervised Professional Placement 1
PPP2 Supervised Professional Placement 2
Admission Criteria

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.

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
  • 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 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