Prepare for your final internship to become a practising psychologist, with a Master of Professional Psychology at Victoria University.
The Master of Professional Psychology at VU provides an accredited pathway to register with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a practising psychologist. Accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), this course concludes five years of university training, followed by a required year of supervised psychology practice at a professional internship of your choice, outside the university.
Through in-depth learning and supervised placements under expert guidance, you will build your skills and knowledge to progress towards becoming a practising psychologist.
At VU Psychology Clinic, you will provide psychological services under close supervision to a culturally diverse community seeking support for a range of mental health issues. For strong career outcomes, you will have opportunities to:
- practise both face-to-face and using telehealth
- facilitate group psychotherapy programs
- apply for a placement at our Orygen outpost where you will gain experience in providing early-interventions for youth mental health.
Based on the scientist-practitioner model of advanced psychology training, this postgraduate psychology course combines practical classes and supervised practice to help you acquire and apply the following skills:
- psychological and cognitive assessment, case formulation and diagnosis of a range of common mental health and neurodevelopmental issues
- ethical decision-making to support your safe and effective practice across interprofessional settings
- culturally sensitive practice to assist your work with diverse communities
- evidence-based interventions to support the wellbeing and recovery of young people, adults, older adults, groups and families.
Over two practicum units, you will undertake at least 300 hours of supervised work placement at VU Psychology Clinic, where you will provide psychological services to members of a culturally diverse community seeking support for a range of mental health issues. You can also apply for a placement at our Orygen outpost.
In addition, several of our units include role-playing practitioner-client interactions in different contexts to ensure you feel best prepared to support real clients at VU Psychology Clinic. Our teaching, clinic and supervision staff bring a wealth of practical experience from the private and public mental health sectors to enhance your professional development at every stage of your training.
Instead of juggling multiple units at the same time, at VU you can focus on one unit at a time over a four-week ‘block’, usually with three 3-hour workshop-style classes per week.
In each class, you will apply your knowledge and skills to contemporary, problem-based scenarios, drawn from the mental health sector.
You will develop your skills as a critical thinker, and work in partnership with your classmates and your teacher, who is an experienced psychologist and researcher.
Upon completing a Master of Professional Psychology at VU, graduates will have the competencies to complete a required year of supervised psychology practice at a professional internship of your choice, outside the university.
After completing this final internship year, you will become eligible to sit the National Psychology Exam and apply for general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) through the '5+1 internship model' for registration.
The Master of Professional Psychology is currently accredited 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 gaining registration as a psychologist.
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 24 September 2023 (all applications submitted prior to Sunday 24 September 2023 will be considered as timely)
- Round Two – Applications close Sunday 29 October 2023 (if places available)
- Round Three – Applications close Sunday 26 November 2023 (if places available)
A reminder that applicants need to arrange two referee reports (one personal and one academic) via the Psychology Reference Portal.
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, below, on this page.
The Master of Professional Psychology provides an accredited pathway to registration as a psychologist. After graduating, you can apply for a required internship year of supervised practice in psychology, as approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). Following completion of both this course and the internship year, you will become eligible to sit the National Psychology Exam, and apply for registration as a general psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA)(external link).
Graduates of the Master of Professional Psychology at VU go on to have rewarding careers that match their passions and interests in these areas:
- private, public and non-profit mental health services
- youth mental health and school settings
- rehabilitation and disability services
- advocacy and program development
- child protection and related areas.
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:
- 19 February 2024
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 11 February 2024 for our next intake which starts on 19 February 2024.
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