Master of Professional Psychology

Approved Abbreviation: MProfPsy

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1814.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 088715D

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing 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.

Course Advice

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Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above

The objective of the Master of Professional Psychology is to provide one year full time training in the professional practice of psychology sufficient to prepare students for a final year of supervised internship to complete registration requirements.

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 will be subject to competitive selection based on academic excellence, interview, external referees’ reports, and consideration of professional experience. To be considered for admission an indicative academic achievement based on entry in previous years is a grade point average of 5 or higher.

Applicants must

  • Hold an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four-year undergraduate Psychology degree or equivalent.
  • Be eligible for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Arrange for completion and submission of referees reports via the HODSPA reference request system
  • Attend an interview, by invitation, with the School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Applicants, whose degree was completed more than 10 years prior to the year of entry, will not be admitted.

No deferrals will be accepted for this course.

Academic and Professional referee reports

Reports can be downloaded from the HODSPA reference request system on the The Australian Psychology Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System website

Additional Information for successful applicants

There are some additional requirements you must meet before you can start your Clinical work as detailed in the following Western Sydney University special requirements website

Special requirements

Additional admission requirements for International applicants

  • IELTS (Academic) - 7.0 overall score with a minimum 6.0 in each subtest
  • TOEFL 600 (Minimum 5.0 in TWE)
  • TOEFL computer based test - 250 (Minimum 5.0 essay writing)
  • TOEFL Internet based test - 100 (writing = 21 and all subtests = 18)

Applications from Australian and New Zealand 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 need to have their applications submitted by 31 October of each year. Applications will then be assessed and if academic and English proficiency criteria are met then students may be offered an interview. Positions for the Master of Clinical Psychology Program will be offered based on criteria including outcomes from academic criteria, English proficiency and the interview. Details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the international office website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Psychological Society to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
* Full or provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia; * A Criminal Record Check; * A National Police Certificate; * Prohibited Employment Declaration prior or a Working with Children Check Student Declaration; * Child Protection training seminar.

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
102359.2Assessment: Psychological Practice
102360.2Core Therapeutic Modalities
102362.2Psychopathology: Theory and Practice

Spring session

102361.2Advanced Therapeutic Modalities
102400.1Assessment: Cognitive Functions
102363.2Forensic Psychology: Theory and Practice
101814.2Clinical Research Methods
101818.5Professional Placement 1

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