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.
Application closing dates
Timely applications for this course close on 27 September 2020. 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 27 September may be assessed and ranked as part of round 2 offer release (subject to places) in early 2021.
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.
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.
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.
Psychologists in Australia earn, on average, A$100,500 (JobOutlook).
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 multidisciplinary health care systems;|
|2.||Critically analyse psychological problems from different perspectives and levels, including individual and family systems;|
|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 communication skills to debate and elucidate complex ideas and to engage with diverse individuals and multiple stakeholders;|
|6.||Critically evaluate core ethical and professional conduct issues that practising psychologists are likely to encounter to ensure protection of the public;|
|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 government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.
If you enrol in a:
- Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
- Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
To calculate the total cost of your course either use our fee calculator, or:
- Select which units you’d like to study.
- Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
- Add up the relevant amounts.
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 the same discipline (accredited by the Australian Psychological 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 the same discipline (accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council, completed within the last 10 years, with a minimum average of at least 70).
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.
Applicants will also be required to:
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.
Find out more about applying for our courses.
Apply direct to VU
Direct applications are due on 27 September 2020 for our next intake which starts on 22 February 2021.
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