1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Start date:
3 February 2020
Application due dates:
Applications are not being taken at this time.


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 closed on 29 September 2019. 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 29 September may be assessed and ranked as part of round 2 offer release (subject to places) in early 2020.

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
  • NGOs
  • 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).

Course structure

To attain the Master of Professional Psychology students will be required to complete 96 credit points of Core Professional Psychology studies.

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

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: 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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To calculate the total cost of your course:

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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

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.

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

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 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).

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).

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