The Master of Professional Psychology is designed for students who have successfully completed an accredited 4 year sequence in psychology and who wish to undertake additional training to become a registered psychologist. In one year of study, this course will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills in the core competencies required to practice psychology in Australia, to enable you to undertake a sixth year internship (supervised placement), and gain registration as a general psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
The Master of Professional Psychology provides a pathway to registration (5+1) as a general psychologist in Australia. Graduates will have developed skills and knowledge in the core competencies of professional psychology practice as outlined by the Psychology Board of Australia. Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible for a 1 year internship (supervised practice) before eligibility to obtain general registration.
|Duration||1 years full-time or 2 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||48|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||MProfPsych|
|AQF Level||Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Applicants must have completed an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited sequence in Psychology within the last 10 years (e.g., four-year, or three-year plus a fourth year), and be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist. Applicants who completed their Psychology training outside of Australia are required to provide evidence of equivalency as determined by the Australian Psychological Society.
To be considered for admission, applicants are required to supply:
1. Official academic transcript;
2. A current resume or curriculum vitae that includes employment, relevant experience, research experience and accomplishments;
3. A one page statement responding to the question “Why do you want to be a registered psychologist?” – Please use size 12 font, with 1.5 line spacing;
4. Two references supplied via Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Australia (HODSPA) Psychology Reference Portal.
Whilst not necessary to apply for entry, if you have already secured an internship post-graduation, please include evidence of this to further support your application.
Entry is competitive with limited places available, shortlisted applicants must attend an interview (face-to-face or via teleconferencing) by a panel comprising at least two members of academic staff of the Discipline of Psychology, both of whom have qualifications equivalent to those required for general registration as a psychologist.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||Attendance at three residential schools will be compulsory for all students.|
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice|
|2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice|
|5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level|
|6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences|
|7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability|
|10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Communicate, interact and collaborate with others effectively in culturally or linguistically diverse contexts in a culturally respectful manner|
|Number of units: 8||Total credit points: 48|
Students must complete a minimum of 300 hours of logged supervised practical and skills training. This can include role playing and skills practice, simulated learning environments, observation of supervisors working with clients, and case analysis.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PSYC20054||Psychopathology and Formulation 1|
|PSYC20056||Research and Professional Practice in Psychology 1|
|PSYC20060||Psychopathology and Formulation 2|
|PSYC20061||Research Evaluation for Psychology Practice|
|PSYC29002||Professional Practice in Psychology II|
Applications for the Term 1, 2023 intake will open on 1 August 2022, and have an early closing date of 31 October 2022.
Application outcomes are not released until Early December, with interviews expected to take place in Late November.