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.
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.
The entry requirements for admission to the Master of Professional Psychology are:
- 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.
- Applicants must have general registration or be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
- Attend an interview with psychology staff members.*
*Interviews are scheduled to be held the week of 20-24 November 2017.
The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) has accredited the Master of Professional Psychology.
Application and admission advice
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23 October 2017
USC Psychology celebrates top national ranking
The overall experience of students in USC’s Psychology program has been ranked the best of all public universities in Australia.
26 September 2017
Psychology researchers target foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
USC Psychology academics and students will work to improve the diagnosis and care of children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) on the Sunshine Coast, following the announcement of a $1.37 million Australian Government grant.
21 June 2017
USC study aims to lessen risk for drivers with autism
Innovative USC research into young drivers with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will examine the learners’ licensing experiences, with the goal of minimising any extra road safety risk.
29 September 2014
Three new degrees for aspiring psychologists
The popularity of the study of psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast has prompted three new degrees for 2015.
11 August 2014
Psychology Head appointed to national board
USC Professor of Psychology Mary Katsikitis has been appointed to the board of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
What will I study
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Required courses (8) 96 units
PSY700 Advanced and Transcultural Counselling
PSY701 Advanced Psychological Assessment and Reporting
PSY702 Clinical Psychological Practice 1
PSY705 Clinical Psychological Practice 2
PSY713 Professional Skills 1
PSY716 Professional Skills 2
PSY750 Ethical Professional Practice of Psychology
PSY754 Clinical Health Psychology and Psychopharmacology
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 96
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 98 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- 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?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general postgraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
- Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
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International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
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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 the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to make sure you are studying the right courses at the right time so you complete the required unit value to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
It is each student's responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements, and to be aware of the academic calendar dates.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
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Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.