Master of Professional Psychology

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Fri, 22 October

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
1 year full-time
Location
Online
Start date
March
Course code
1209250
Course abbreviation
MProfPsych
Credit points
96
Equivalent units
8
CRICOS
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Fees
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Course overview

The Master of Professional Psychology provides an additional year of academic study for graduates of Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours degree programs. These five years of study – the Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours and the new Masters of Professional Psychology combined – represent the academic pre-requisites for a further one-year internship and eligibility to sit the Psychology Board national exam to register as a Psychologist in Australia.

The Master of Professional Psychology develops skills and advanced knowledge in the core areas of professional psychological practice and includes 300 hours of professional placement and two compulsory face-to-face residentials. Graduates of the Masters of Professional Psychology will be well-prepared to complete their final year of supervised internship prior to registration.

Southern Cross University offers a comprehensive program of psychology training, taught by experts in the field with established professional networks. Students have access to 5-star learning resources (Good Universities Guide 2021) and become part of a dynamic research and learning community.

Please note: Commencement of this course is subject to approval of the program by the Psychology Board of Australia following the accreditation process currently underway with APAC, with a decision expected in late 2021.

 

The Master of Professional Psychology provides an additional year of academic study for graduates of Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours degree programs. These five years of study – the Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours and the new Masters of Professional Psychology combined – represent the academic pre-requisites for a further one-year internship and eligibility to sit the Psychology Board national exam to register as a Psychologist in Australia.

The Master of Professional Psychology develops skills and advanced knowledge in the core areas of professional psychological practice and includes 300 hours of professional placement and two compulsory face-to-face residentials. Graduates of the Masters of Professional Psychology will be well-prepared to complete their final year of supervised internship prior to registration.

Southern Cross University offers a comprehensive program of psychology training, taught by experts in the field with established professional networks. Students have access to 5-star learning resources (Good Universities Guide 2021) and become part of a dynamic research and learning community.

Please note: Commencement of this course is subject to approval of the program by the Psychology Board of Australia following the accreditation process currently underway with APAC, with a decision expected in late 2021.

 

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Applicants must:

  1. have completed an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four-year sequence in psychology within the last ten years with a Second Class Honours Division one (or above) (Honours AQF Level 8) or equivalent; and
  2. be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia; and
  3. submit a maximum 400 word (one page) response to “What attributes will you bring to the psychology profession?”; and
  4. provide two referee reports (preferably one academic and one professional) that comment on suitability for the professional psychology program and psychological practice. Referee reports must be submitted via the Australian Psychology Postgraduate Reference Request System. Professional experience is desired.

Shortlisted applicants must attend an interview by a panel comprising at least two members of the academic staff of the Discipline of Psychology. 

International applicants will need to meet the English language requirement set by the Psychology Board of Australia and have their overseas qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society

Additional requirements:

Once accepted into the program, but before undertaking any units of study, students must provide evidence of:

  1. Provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia; and
  2. National Police Certificate; and
  3. Working with Children Check.

About the course

In addition to the professional placement, this course covers culture, communication and professional practice, research methods for psychology practitioners, as well as psychological assessment, psychopathology and psychological interventions for children, adolescents and adults.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
OnlineTerm  1

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Please note applications for this course close 7 November 2021

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Apply evidence-based, culturally responsive approaches to psychological practice across the lifespan, with a range of socially and culturally diverse people

Synthesise, analyse and interpret complex information, from multiple sources to determine the most appropriate psychological intervention, including the management of risk

Engage in self-reflective professional practice, taking into account the impact of personal values and beliefs, with appropriate actions

Demonstrate knowledge of ethical and legal requirements and effective work practises whilst operating within the scope of professional practice

Apply a range of skills and theoretical knowledge to select, administer and interpret a comprehensive range of psychological assessments

Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature and utilise advanced research and academic skills to inform professional practice

Demonstrate professional communication skills that are culturally responsive and adaptable across all psychological practice

Monitor, evaluate, and reflect on the effectiveness of professional practice at the level of the consumer, within their support networks and the broader community, implementing changes as needed


Teaching methods

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Two compulsory residentials allow students to develop their skills in a face-to-face learning environment.

Career opportunities

As an additional year of postgraduate study following the the Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours, this course completes the academic pre-requisites for registration as a Psychologist in Australia. A one-year internship must also be completed in conjunction with the Psychology Board national exam before registration with APHRA and the Psychology Board of Australia.

Professional placement

This course includes 300 hours of professional placement providing students with  the opportunity to develop skills in supervised clinical settings. Please note there are pre-requisites for professional placement. Visit Faculty of Health Professional Experience for details.

Professional recognition

Accreditation with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council is pending.

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Master of Professional Psychology, students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising all core units.

Inherent Requirements
Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Equity and Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Equity and Inclusion website for further information and contact details.

Professional Experience Learning
This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on Faculty of Health Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
PSYC5002Culture, Communication and Professional Practice
PSYC5003Research Methods for Psychology Practitioners
PSYC6002Psychological Assessment and Psychopathology: Children and Adolescents
PSYC6001Psychological Assessment and Psychopathology: Adults
PSYC6004Psychological Interventions: Children and Adolescents
PSYC6003Psychological Interventions: Adults
PSYC6005Professional Psychology Practicum I
PSYC6006Professional Psychology Practicum II


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

PSYC5002Culture, Communication and Professional Practice
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1
N/A
PSYC5003Research Methods for Psychology Practitioners
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1
N/A
PSYC6001Psychological Assessment and Psychopathology: Adults
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2
N/A
PSYC6002Psychological Assessment and Psychopathology: Children and Adolescents
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2
N/A
PSYC6005Professional Psychology Practicum I
Term2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2
N/A
Enrolment informationThis unit includes a compulsory one week residential at the Coffs Harbour Campus. This unit contains professional experience learning that requires students to fulfil certain compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take time to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/clinicalplacements
PSYC6003Psychological Interventions: Adults
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
PSYC6004Psychological Interventions: Children and Adolescents
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
PSYC6006Professional Psychology Practicum II
Term3
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
Enrolment informationThis unit includes a compulsory one week residential at the Coffs Harbour Campus. This unit contains professional experience learning that requires students to fulfil certain compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take time to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/clinicalplacements


Notes

Note 1: Full-time students have until the end of Term 5 to complete all hours.
Note 2: Full-time students have until the end of Term 5 to complete all hours.

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