Master of Professional Psychology
This one-year postgraduate program prepares you for independent work in psychology, focusing on practical experience and skills. Learn at the Thompson Institute, a world-class hub for mental health research, teaching and clinical services, close to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. The Institute addresses mental health in the community, particularly for youth, adolescents and older community members.
In this program you will:
- Advance your knowledge of psychological assessment with a focus on selection, administration and interpretation of major psychological tests
- Extend your knowledge of appropriate treatments for psychological disorders and how to deliver services ethically and within legal requirements
- Develop skills in writing different kinds of psychological reports
This program is offered at USC Thompson Institute. Semester 1, 2023 applications - closing date is 23 September 2022.
DurationFull-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
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Required courses (8) 96 units
PSY700 Advanced and Transcultural Counselling
PSY701 Advanced Psychological Assessment and Reporting
PSY702 Clinical Psychological Practice 1
PSY704 Advanced Research Design and Methods
PSY705 Clinical Psychological Practice 2
PSY713 Professional Skills 1
PSY716 Professional Skills 2
PSY754 Clinical Health Psychology and Psychopharmacology
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.
The entry requirements for admission to the Master of Professional Psychology are:
- Successful completion of an APAC accredited four-year degree or fourth year in Psychology with Honours Class 2 Division I from a recognised higher education institution in the last 10 years.
- Applicants must be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
The Master of Professional Psychology offers a limited number of places.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- This program consists of two required components, as follows:
- 75 percent coursework (6 courses)
- 25 percent practica and skills training (2 courses).
- Students will undertake a minimum of 300 hours of practicum placement in total across the 2 professional skills courses.
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student visa.
Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.
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What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?
The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.
Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.
USC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.
Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.
Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.
Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?
IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.
How does this affect you?
To successfully complete a program at USC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.
If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.
If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a USC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.
- Non-government organisations
- Private health sector
- Psychologist with general registration
- Public health sector
The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) has accredited the Master of Professional Psychology.
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Postgraduate coursework places
All postgraduate coursework programs are subject to tuition fees unless the postgraduate program is offered under Commonwealth support arrangements.
Eligible students (Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand Citizens who hold a Special Category Visa and meet the eligibility requirements) may seek assistance to defer payment via a FEE-HELP loan.
International student fee information is available on the Tuition fees and other costs page. For information on how higher degree by research student fees are calculated, including the Student Services and Amenities Fee, visit the Higher Degree by Research Student Fee Calculation Information page. Visit the HDR scholarships page for information on available scholarships.
Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.
Annual tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.
Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).
All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).
Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to USC.
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