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Master of Professional Psychology

Approved Abbreviation: MProfPsy

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1814.1

CRICOS Code: 088715D

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2016 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

This Professional Psychology award is designed to prepare fourth year psychology graduates with a fifth year of training under the ‘5+1 model’, as recommended by Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), and will give graduates an APAC accredited professional qualification. This degree provides key training in ethics, psychological assessment, therapeutic interventions, and other professional skills, which achieves 50% of the requirements towards registration as a generalist psychologist. To meet the need for forensically oriented psychologists in the field, this degree also addresses psychological practice within the forensic psychology domain. Students who complete this degree must undertake additional appropriately supervised placement hours, which they must arrange themselves to obtain full registration as a psychologist.

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time.

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CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent requirements


Applicants must have a 4 year undergraduate degree with an APAC accredited sequence of units in psychology and have a minimum of a Credit average in second and third year units, including a credit in the majority of the psychology units. Admission to the award is competitive, and there is no provision for deferring an offer of a place.

Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points which include the units listed below.

Recommended sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

101810.2Core Skills and Ethical Practice
102359.1Assessment: Psychological Practice
102360.1Core Therapeutic Modalities
102362.1Psychopathology: Theory and Practice

Spring session

102361.1Advanced Therapeutic Modalities
102400.1Assessment: Cognitive Functions
102363.1Forensic Psychology: Theory and Practice
101814.2Clinical Research Methods
101818.4Professional Placement 1

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