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Start date:
25 February 2019
Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face

Overview

Pursue a career as a community psychologist with the Master of Applied Psychology (Community Psychology).

You'll be part of a vibrant learning environment where your psychology skills and knowledge will be directed towards applied community psychology.

This course is founded upon the scientist-practitioner model of professional training. Two key elements of the model are:

  • combined knowledge and skills acquisition with reality-based psychological understandings
  • facilitation of a clear stance of inquiry in relation to all aspects of theory, research and practice.

You'll undertake a combination of theoretical coursework, skill-based practice coursework, practicum placements and an applied community psychology focused research project.

Graduating students will have completed 1000 hours of supervised practical placement experience.

Application closing dates

This course has a timely closing date of 30 September 2018. Eligible applications received by this date will be assessed, ranked and offers made as part of round 1 offer release (November).

Eligible applications received after 30 September may be assessed and ranked as part of round 2 offer release (subject to places) in early 2019.

Applicants need to arrange two referee reports (one personal and one academic) via the Australian Psychology Postgraduate Reference System.

Please note: places are limited and meeting the minimum requirements will not guarantee entry to this course. Find more information about how to apply on this page below.

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Careers in psychology

Graduates may find employment in:

  • community mental health
  • organisational, applied social, environmental, ecological and health psychology or related areas
  • policy development, research and evaluation
  • community organising, advocacy and program development
  • applied social, environmental health psychology
  • community psychology and related areas.

Visit the Community Psychology Australia website to find graduate students' stories and information on leading Australian Psychologists.

 

Course structure

To attain the Master of Applied Psychology (Community Psychology) students are required to complete: 

  • 192 credit points (equivalent to 16 units) of Core studies.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Interrogate and interpret social and psychological problems and interventions from multiple stakeholder standpoints and community psychological perspectives;  
  2. Critically analyse and adapt skills and strategies in social and psychological problem intervention to multiple levels of analysis (from the individual level, the group level, and to broader community contexts) and to different bodies of knowledge or professional practice;  
  3. Exemplify and advocate sensitivity to the cultural, experiential, political and structural forces that impact social and psychological problems;  
  4. Critically apply intervention skills to a variety of contexts, including: program and policy design, implementation and evaluation; organisation and facilitation of groups and alliances; counselling and advocacy for individuals and groups and, the promotion and strengthening of social networks;  
  5. Assess and critically apply appropriate research methodologies and independent research skills to identify and analyse complex problems from a range of community and applied settings;  
  6. Conduct and report on research in groups and/or individually, that contributes to the professional evidence base of community psychology;  
  7. Exhibit advanced interpersonal and communication skills to debate and elucidate complex ideas and to engage with diverse individuals and multiple stakeholders;  
  8. Critically review ethical and professional conduct issues faced by practising psychologists and exhibit high standards of social and ethical responsibility;  
  9. Evaluate the interconnections between theory, research and professional practice from a diverse range of community psychological perspectives.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

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  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Completion of Bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent) in the same discipline (accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council, completed within the last 10 years, with a minimum average of at least 75 in fourth-year sequence).
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in the same discipline (accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council, completed within the last 10 years, with a minimum average of at least 75).

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Additional information

Applicants will also be required to:

  • Submit a completed VU supplementary information form.
  • Provide two referee statements (one personal and one academic) submitted via Australian Psychology
  • Postgraduate Reference System at https://www.psychologyreference.org/
  • Attend an interview (short listed applicants only)
  • Obtain a Working with Children Check prior to being placed in a work placement setting, in accordance with the accreditation requirements and the Department of Justice.
  • Applicants with qualifications obtained overseas have their qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

    How to apply

    Before you apply

    Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

    • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
    • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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    Direct applications are due on 31 October 2018 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

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