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CL68 - Master of Professional Psychology


Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

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. 

Career Information

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.

Course Details
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 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 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)

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2020


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International Availability

Term 1 - 2020

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Term 1 - 2019

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Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

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;

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.

Security Requirements
Students will be required to obtain registration as a provisional psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as outlined and defined by the Psychology Board of Australia.
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge


Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation

The Master of Professional Psychology has received conditional accreditation from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Attendance at 3 residential schools will be compulsory for all students.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 18
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Communicate relevant high level, independent judgements in accordance with professional and ethical guidelines
  • 2. Synthesise knowledge in regard to psychological assessment, therapeutic concepts and interventions and psychological disorders
  • 3. Apply evidence based and scientific methods to professional practice across the lifespan in empirically valid and culturally responsible ways
  • 4. Engage in self-reflective professional practice concerning own and ongoing client development
  • 5. Interpret and communicate findings in oral and written formats using culturally appropriate language, including in formal psychological reports
  • 6. Employ professional communication skills with a range of diverse clients in a socially and culturally responsive manner
  • 7. Consolidate psychological knowledge and skills to demonstrate delivery of core psychological competencies
  • 8. Plan and execute a research-based project applicable to psychology.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
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.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PSYC20054 Psychopathology and Formulation I
PSYC20058 Therapy: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
PSYC20055 Assessment: Child and Adolescent
PSYC20056 Ethics and Professional Practice
PSYC20060 Psychopathology and Formulation II
PSYC20059 Therapy: Skills, Approaches, and Techniques
PSYC20057 Assessment: Adult
PSYC20061 Research Project: Systematic Review
More Details

Applications for Term 1 2020 intake have an early closing date of Thursday 31 October  2019.