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Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Start Date

    March

  • Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Location

    Online

  • Placement

    Yes  Learn more

  • Course abbreviation

    MProfPsych

  • Course code

    1209250

  • Credit points

    96

  • Equivalent units

    8

  • Scholarships

  • Indicative fee

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

International snapshot

  • Start Date

  • Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Location

  • Placement

    Yes  Learn more

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

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 two compulsory one-week face-to-face residentials at Southern Cross University Coffs Harbour campus and 300 hours of professional placement. Students are allocated to their placement by Southern Cross University and most placements are located between the Gold Coast and Port Macquarie (including inland surrounding areas) and within the footprint of our campuses located at Coffs Harbour, Lismore and the Gold Coast. Please note requirements, including vaccination, for placement as part of the course requirements below. Graduates of the Master of Professional Psychology will be well-prepared to complete their final year of supervised internship prior to applying for registration as a general psychologist.  

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.

In order to submit referee reports as required as part of the application process for this course, it will be necessary for you to register with the Australian Psychology Postgraduate Reference Request System and complete the process with them.

Psychologists for Community Scholarship

Southern Cross University’s Psychologists for Community Scholarship supports students from diverse backgrounds who wish to become registered psychologists by assisting with course fees. Students from rural, remote and regional areas, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, single parents or carers, and those impacted by financial disadvantage are invited to apply. Find out more about this scholarship and how to apply.

Please note:

From 2023 the Master of Professional Psychology has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Student Assistance to eligible students for the following payments: Youth Allowance (student), Austudy and the Pensioner Education Supplement.    

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The Southern Cross Model is a game-changer in higher education study.

Our students now engage in shorter, six-week unit structures designed around immersive and interactive learning experiences. The shorter unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum as they achieve milestones quickly, resulting in increased student success rates, and course and teacher satisfaction. Lectures are a thing of the past - students will be engaged in active, interactive and discussion-based learning.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes.

Our online study option is highly interactive and may include a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes.

The method of teaching and assessment may vary from unit to unit.

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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 (GA).

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

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

GA2: Creativity

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

GA3: Ethical practice

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

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

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

GA5: Lifelong learning

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

GA6: Communication and social skills

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

GA7: Cultural competence

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

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.

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.

Location Teaching period
OnlineTerm  1

Career Outcomes

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.

This degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Entry requirements

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.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

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.

Other things to consider

Credit for Prior Learning, also referred to as ‘Advanced Standing’ or Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL), is the process of looking at your prior study and/or experience to assess if you can be awarded academic credit or gain entry to a course on the basis of your existing knowledge and skills.

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Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

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

Current Students should select their units by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment as these may be different.

View Student Handbook

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes

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

PSYC5002Culture, Communication and Professional Practice
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1
N/A
PSYC5003Research Methods for Psychology Practitioners
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1
N/A
PSYC6001Psychological Assessment and Psychopathology: Adults
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2
N/A
PSYC6002Psychological Assessment and Psychopathology: Children and Adolescents
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2
N/A
PSYC6005Professional Psychology Practicum I
Tri Term2
12 Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Tri Term2
N/A
Enrolment informationThis unit includes a one-week compulsory residential at the Southern Cross University Coffs Harbour campus in the week commencing 19 June 2023. Students who cannot attend the residential should not enrol in this unit. This unit contains professional experience learning/laboratory activities that require students to meet mandatory compliance requirements prior to attending. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the Professional Experience Learning and/or stipulated Laboratory Activity which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements. Please note: Full Covid-19 vaccination is a mandatory requirement associated with the placement element of this unit of study. This requirement has been stipulated by the placement providers. It is strongly recommended that only students who meet this requirement enrol in this unit.
PSYC6003Psychological Interventions: Adults
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
PSYC6004Psychological Interventions: Children and Adolescents
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
PSYC6006Professional Psychology Practicum II
Dual Term4
12 Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Dual Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationThis unit includes a one-week compulsory residential at the Southern Cross University Coffs Harbour campus in the week commencing 14 August 2023. Students who cannot attend the residential should not enrol in this unit. This unit contains professional experience learning/laboratory activities that require students to meet mandatory compliance requirements prior to attending. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the Professional Experience Learning and/or stipulated Laboratory Activity which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements Please note: Full Covid-19 vaccination is a mandatory requirement associated with the placement element of this unit of study. This requirement has been stipulated by the placement providers. It is strongly recommended that only students who meet this requirement enrol in this unit.


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.

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

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Fees and Scholarships

Domestic students

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or Australian humanitarian visa holder. Your course will either be a Commonwealth Supported Place or a full fee-paying place. This is noted in the course snapshot.

Commonwealth Supported Places:

In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), the Government pays some of your fees and you pay the rest as the Student Contribution Amount (SCA).

SCA is calculated per unit, not per course. Eligible students can defer the SCA through a HECS-HELP loan.

Full Fee-Paying Places:

A full fee-paying place is where you pay the full (unsubsidised) tuition fee for your course. Eligible students can defer the payment of their tuition fees through the FEE-HELP scheme (including employer-reserved places for The Hotel School courses).

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

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Further fee information

Fees and Scholarships

International Students

If you're an international student, you can find the annual course cost in Australian dollars (AUD$) on our International Courses and Fees page or on the web page for your course under fees.

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

More about scholarships

Further fee information

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