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Master of Professional Psychology

University of Tasmania
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
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Program description

Master of Professional Psychology

The Master of Professional Psychology is the fifth year of a 5+1 internship program comprising coursework, research training and practical placements. The course provides preparation for progression to a one-year Psychology Board of Australia approved internship program through the development of professional skills, in tandem with theoretical and empirical knowledge, in line with the scientist-practitioner model. Research training, including the ability to critically assess and apply research findings to inform evidence-based professional practice, is also provided.

On successful completion of the Master of Professional Psychology, graduates will be eligible to undertake a sixth year (the +1 year) of practical training. The one-year supervised practice internship which leads to general registration as a psychologist is arranged and developed independently and must be approved by the Psychology Board of Australia.

Admission requirements

Applications for entry to the course will be assessed on the basis of academic qualifications, academic merit, and personal suitability for professional training.

The minimum academic requirement for entry to the course is successful completion of an APAC-Accredited AQF Level 8 program of study in psychology within the last 10 years, together with eligibility for registration with the PBA as a provisional psychologist. To be eligible for entry to the course applicants must have attained an average of 70% across their psychology subjects in years 3 and 4 of their APAC accredited undergraduate training. International applicants will need to have achieved a GPA equivalent to a Distinction average in their Honours year or fourth year of undergraduate study together with a minimum IELTS score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

An assessment of personal suitability for professional training will be made on the basis of an interview with a selection panel, relevant experience and at least two confidential academic referee reports.

Successful applicants will also need to meet the Faculty of Health requirements for students undertaking Professional Experience Placements (PEPs) as part of their course to meet the 'capacity to practice safely' pre-PEP conditions determined by legislative, University policy and professional body requirements.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Current Issues in Assessment
  • Adult Psychopathology
  • Behaviour Change 1
  • Clinical Child Psychology
  • Professional Practicum 1
  • Ethics & Professional Practice
  • Clinical Research Skills

Semester 2

  • Psychopharmacology & Substance Use
  • Advanced Assessment
  • Behaviour Change 2
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Professional Practicum 2
  • Advanced Ethics and Professional Practice

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

The key learning outcomes for the course are:

  • Advanced knowledge of values and ethics in psychology and the ability to apply that knowledge in professional practice
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in psychological assessment and skills in the ethical use of psychological tests;
  • Achievement of competence in APAC core capabilities and attributes for Standard 5.1.12 (APAC Accreditation Standards, June 2010)
  • Ability to critically assess and apply research findings to inform evidence-based professional practice
  • Knowledge of the current version of the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce

Career opportunities

Graduates who subsequently successfully complete a one-year Psychology Board of Australia approved internship program will be eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

About this institute

University of Tasmania

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