Introducing the
Master of Professional Psychology

The Master of Professional Psychology will provide psychology graduates with training in the skills required to meet the core competencies outlined by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as necessary to practice as a generalist psychologist. The two-year program​ (full-time equivalent) will include coursework subjects addressing psychological assessment, interventions and related professional skills; alongside a research project and practical placement experience. Upon completion, you will be eligible to undertake one year of supervised generalist practice – enabling you to progress to full registration as a psychologist.

When will this course commence?

Accreditation of this course will be sought from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Applications for Semester 1, 2021 closed Monday 2 November 2020.

Why is this course different?

The course combines the fourth- and fifth-year sequence of psychological training involving professionally oriented content such as practice ethics, interviewing and counselling, clinical mindfulness training and research project in the first year.

In the second year, you will continue to build skills in behaviour change, assessment, diagnosis and treatment through coursework and placements.

Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible for entry to a one-year internship and to sit the National Psychology Exam and then apply for registration as a Generalist Psychologist. You will be clinically trained and upskilled to work at a broader population-level focused on key societal issues such as understanding community behaviour change. As a generalist psychologist, you will be ready to apply your skills in assessment and treatment with a wide range of clients with mild to moderate mental health conditions.  This involves optimising personal, social, educational, and occupational adjustment and development across areas such as:

  • mental health and wellbeing
  • education and training
  • population health
  • drug and alcohol
  • corporate and commercial settings.

In contrast, Clinical Psychologists typically work with clients with more severe and complex mental health conditions, with training provided through the University of Melbourne's Masters of Psychology (Clinical Psychology).

Job prospects

There has never been a better time to explore a career in psychology as future industry growth predicts job prospects in Australia will increase by 20%. source:

Pathway options

After completing the one-year internship, graduates of the Master of Professional Psychology may choose to undertake an additional bridging course and registrar program in a specialised area of practice endorsement. They will also be eligible to apply for entry to a PhD program. ​

Course overview

This course consists of coursework, placement and a research project (6,000 word written report).

The coursework component consists of 13 subjects (some with an online component) taken over the two years of the course. These subjects provide you with a comprehensive foundation in professional psychology theory and practice that is essential to all aspects of psychology practice. This includes fundamental skills in assessment and counselling, ethics, adult and child psychopathology and basic intervention skills and includes the capstone experience of the course.

You will also complete 300 hours of practical placement over the duration of the course. This will provide an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained through the coursework subjects to the clinical practice environment. The placement experience will constitute a mix of simulation, role-play and direct client work, giving you the opportunity to consolidate your specialist training and apply the knowledge gained in the course to real world scenarios.

The research project provides you with the opportunity to explore a question that is relevant to contemporary psychological practice. All subjects are compulsory and satisfactory achievement of subjects in the first year of the course is required prior to progression to the second year.

This course is only open to domestic students. The indicative 2021 intake will be 20 students.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for the course, within the last 10 years you must have completed an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three-year undergraduate sequence in psychology with a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%) or equivalent.

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must:

  • within the last 10 years, have completed a Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three-year undergraduate sequence in psychology with a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%) or equivalent; and
  • provide a personal statement of no more than 500 words; and
  • provide two referee reports to be submitted online; and
  • attend a selection interview (short-listed applicants only).

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance; and
  • suitability for clinical training as determined by the interview, personal statement and referee reports.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the University’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7 is required.

In computing the weighted average, the average of the third year Psychology subjects is assigned twice the weight of the average of the second year Psychology subjects

Due to the expected number of graduates we are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Results received in 2020: Information on the entry score adjustments have been published on the MSPS Adjustments for 2020 results website.

How to Apply

This course is only open to domestic students.

Applications for the Master of Professional Psychology closed Monday 2 November 2020 at 11.59PM (AEDT).

*If you have already submitted a 2021 application for either Honours, Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) or Master of Psychology at The University of Melbourne please skip this step and follow the next steps outlined here.

**Once you have successfully submitted the Master of Professional Psychology application, you will receive a confirmation email to confirm it has been received successfully. If you have not received confirmation within 24 hours, please contact us ASAP.

***Applicants are responsible for asking two referees to complete referee reports which are to be submitted online as indicated here by Monday 2nd November.  At least one referee report must be completed by an academic staff member. The second referee report may be completed by academic staff members or by registered clinicians.

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Why study psychology with us?

The University of Melbourne is a leader in the field of psychology.

  • # 1 in Australia for psychology*
  • # 17 in the world for psychology*
  • # 7 in the world for graduate employability*

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020: Psychology and QS World Graduate Employability Rankings by University 2020.

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