Master of Professional Psychology

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Master of Professional Psychology


This program is offered at USC Thompson Institute

Program summary

Open the door to your career as a psychologist.

This program delivers practical experience and skills training to prepare you for independent work in psychology. You will advance your existing knowledge of psychological assessment with a focus on the selection, administration and interpretation of major psychological tests.

You will also develop skills in writing different kinds of psychological reports. The program will extend your knowledge of appropriate treatments for psychological disorders and how to deliver psychological services ethically and within legal requirements.

By the end of this program, you will be sufficiently trained to undertake one final year of supervised internship in the field, after which you can apply to for general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

The USC postgraduate psychology programs are taught at the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute. A hub for mental health research, teaching and clinical services, this world-class facility is located at Birtinya, minutes from the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. The Institute’s focus is to address mental health issues in the community, particularly those affecting our youth, adolescents and older community members.

Visit Study Psychology for more information.

Career opportunities

You are well on your way to becoming a psychologist with general registration, and you can use this qualification to work in private and public health sectors and in non-government organisations.

Admission requirements

The entry requirements for admission to the Master of Professional Psychology are:

  1. Successful completion of an APAC accredited four-year degree or fourth year in Psychology with Honours Class 2 Division I from a recognised higher education institution in the last 10 years (OR) psychologists with demonstrated equivalent experience and compliance with the Psychology Board of Australia's continuing professional development requirements.
  2. Applicants must have general registration or be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
  3. Attend an interview with psychology staff members.*

*Interviews are scheduled to be held the week of 20-24 November 2017.

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The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) has accredited the Master of Professional Psychology.

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What will I study

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Recommended study sequence

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Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 98 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • This program consists of two required components, as follows:
    • 75 percent coursework (6 courses)
    • 25 percent Practica and skills training (2 courses).
  • Students will undertake a minimum of 300 hours of practicum placement in total across the 2 professional skills courses.
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student visa.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
  2. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

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