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Master of Applied Psychology (Community Psychology)

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  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or
  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
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  • are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident; and
  • do not hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa; and
  • are not a New Zealand citizen; and
  • hold a temporary visa.

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Course essentials

Pursue a career as a Community Psychologist at Victoria University. Become a part of a vibrant learning environment where your psychology skills and knowledge will be directed towards applied community psychology.

Our Master of Applied Psychology (Community Psychology) program 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 will 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. (Placement requirements are outlined in a separate Practicum Manual.)

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Careers

Graduates will gain the necessary skills 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.

 

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

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.

Course objectives

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.  

Course structure

To attain the Master of Applied Psychology (Community Psychology) students will be required to complete 192 credit points in total consisting of the following. 

180 credit points (equivalent to 15 units) of Core studies

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) of Elective studies

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Core Units

Plus

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) of Electives from the list below

Electives

Admission requirements

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.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Domestic applicants with an Honours degree with an Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four-year sequence in psychology or equivalent; OR
    A pass degree with an Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three-year sequence in psychology together with an Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) fourth-year psychology course or equivalent.
  • Mature: Applicants must have either:
    (i) An honours degree with an Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four-year sequence in psychology or equivalent; or

    (ii) A pass degree with an Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three-year sequence in psychology together with an Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) fourth-year psychology course or equivalent.

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