Prepare for your final internship to become a practising psychologist, with a Master of Professional Psychology at VU.
Our graduate psychology program provides an APAC-accredited pathway to register for professional practice. It concludes five years of university training, to be followed by a required year of supervised psychology work outside the university.
The course is based on the scientist-practitioner model of professional training, combining advanced theory with practical classes in the following areas:
- psychological knowledge
- skills acquisition
- ethical decision-making capacity
- application of evidence-based interventions.
You'll undertake selected fieldwork placements, under the direct supervision of experienced psychologists.
Applications & closing dates
Due to limited places and a high volume of applications, it is important applicants apply early. If places are filled in the timely round, round two and three applications will not be considered, or applications may close early.
- Round One (timely round) – Applications close Sunday 2 October 2022. All applications submitted prior to Sunday 2 October 2022 will be considered as timely.
- Round Two – Applications close Sunday 30 October 2022 (if places available)
- Round Three – Applications close Sunday 27 November 2022 (if places available)
A reminder that applicants need to arrange two referee reports (one personal and one academic) via the Australian Psychology Postgraduate Reference System.
Applicants also need to provide a resume/CV with their application and complete the supplementary form available as part of the application process.
Find more information about how to apply on this page.
After completion of this course, graduates will have the skills to proceed to a final year of supervised practice to enable them to gain generalist registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia through the '5+1 internship model' for registration.
The Master of Professional Psychology is currently accredited with conditions by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist.
You'll benefit from hands-on experience in various applied work environments. Your work experience will be supported by intensive guidance through weekly supervision from teaching staff and external professionals in psychology.
Over two practicum units, you'll undertake at least 300 hours of supervised field placement at the Victoria University Psychology Clinic. Several of our units include role-playing practitioner-client interactions in different settings.
The Master of Professional Psychology provides a pathway to registration as a psychologist. After graduating, you can apply for an internship in psychology, as approved by the Psychology Board. Following completion of both this course and the internship you'll be eligible apply for registration as a generalist psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).
Aim for a psychology career in an area that suits your passions and interests:
- community mental health
- policy development
- research and evaluation
- community organising
- advocacy and program development
- child protection and related areas.
Find average salaries for psychologists in Australia, via Labour Market Insights (government website).
To attain the Master of Professional Psychology students will be required to complete 96 credit points of Core Professional Psychology studies.
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On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Appraise the contribution, demands and responsibilities of the role registered psychologists play in the delivery of comprehensive collaborative care;|
|2.||Critically analyse psychological problems from different perspectives and levels incorporating cultural responsiveness, including with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;|
|3.||Formulate evidence-based, appropriately complex, and effective intervention plans for clients with psychological difficulties;|
|4.||Critically review the professional literature to identify and apply best practice guidelines for intervention;|
|5.||Exhibit advanced interpersonal and interprofessional communication skills to debate and elucidate complex ideas and to engage in a culturally responsive manner with diverse individuals and multiple stakeholders;|
|6.||Formulate evidence-based, appropriately complex, and effective intervention plans for clients with psychological difficulties; and|
|7.||Evaluate psychology intervention programs and critically assess their effectiveness.|
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.
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 for this course: Full-fee
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- Commonwealth supported place pay tuition fees that are partly subsidised by the Australian government
- full fee-paying place need to pay the full amount for all enrolled units before census each study period.
In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
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.
Completion of Bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology (accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, completed within the last 10 years, with a minimum average of at least 70 in fourth-year sequence).
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in Psychology (accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, completed within the last 10 years, with a minimum average of at least 70).
Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous 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 chair or academic adviser.
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
Available start dates:
- 20 February 2023
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.
Find out more about applying for our courses.
Apply direct to VU
Direct applications are due on 30 October 2022 for our next intake which starts on 20 February 2023.
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered