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Master of Professional Psychology

Approved Abbreviation: MProfPsy


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1814.4

AQF Level: 9

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 2020 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.

For Commencement Year 2019 - please refer to 1814.3 Master of Professional Psychology

For Commencement Year 2018 - please refer to 1814.2 Master of Professional Psychology

For Commencement Year 2016 and 2017 - please refer to 1814.1 Master of Professional Psychology

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

This course provides key training in ethics, psychological assessment, therapeutic interventions and other professional skills including comprehensive training in disability, for the achievement of 50% of the requirements towards full registration as a generalist psychologist. To achieve full registration after the completion of this one-year degree, you must undertake additional appropriately supervised placement hours which you arrange yourself in the following year.

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

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course AdvicePsychology-PG-ACA@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

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

Accreditation
This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The objective of the Master of Professional Psychology is to provide one year of 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

Admission

Admission to the Master of Professional Psychology program is based on academic merit, two referee reports and performance at a selection interview to determine capability for practitioner competency. Selection interviews are held between October and December each year.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) by 31 October at the following link. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

https://www.uac.edu.au/

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

International Office

Admission Criteria for Master of Professional Psychology

Places will be offered to qualified applicants based on academic merit and interview performance according to the following admission criteria.

  • Completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four-year undergraduate Psychology degree within the last 10 years, with good academic performance in years 1-3 and at least a credit average for the fourth year.
  • Submission of two referees reports; and
  • Participation in an interview, by invitation, with the School of Psychology.

No deferrals will be accepted for this course.

Academic and Professional Referee Reports

Academic and Professional referee reports are to be provided via the Post-Graduate Programs Reference Request System.

Click the link below or copy and paste this url: http://www.psychologyreference.org

Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System

Additional requirements for successful applicants

There are some additional requirements you must meet before you can commence the program as detailed in the Western Sydney University inherent requirements for the Master of Professional Psychology program. These are detailed at the following link:

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ir/inherent_requirements/inherent_requirements_for_master_of_professional_psychology

Additional requirements for Domestic applicants with international qualifications

International qualifications must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and deemed equivalent to an Australian 4 year sequence in psychology (including an honours equivalent research thesis component);

Applicants who have undertaken studies in other countries may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the international office website (International Office) and include the additional admission requirements of:

  • IELTS (Academic) - 7.0 overall score with a minimum 7.0 in each subtest
  • TOEFL Internet based test - 100 (writing = 27 and all other subtests = 22)

International Applicants

Places will be offered to qualified applicants based on academic merit and interview performance according to the following admission criteria.

International qualifications must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and deemed equivalent to an Australian 4 year sequence in psychology (including an honours equivalent research thesis component);

International qualifications will be assessed by the International office at Western Sydney University

Details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the international office website (International Office) and include the additional admission requirements of:

  • IELTS (Academic) - 7.0 overall score with a minimum 7.0 in each subtest
  • TOEFL Internet based test - 100 (writing = 27 and all other subtests = 22)

Additional information for international applicants

Assessment of international qualifications by the APS can be applied for at the following

https://www.psychology.org.au/membership/qualifications/

International students applying to the University through the International Office need to have their applications submitted no later than 31 October of each year. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Positions for the Master of Professional Psychology Program will be offered based on outcomes from academic criteria, English proficiency and the interview process, including consideration of referee reports and professional experience and capacity as for other applicants.

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

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

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

101810Core Skills and Ethical Practice
102359Assessment: Psychological Practice
102360Core Therapeutic Modalities
102362Psychopathology: Theory and Practice

2H session

102539Professional Psychology Placement

Spring session

102692Psychological Approaches to Disability: Theory and Practice
102361Advanced Therapeutic Modalities
102400Assessment: Cognitive Functions
101814Clinical Research Methods


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