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Master of Professional Psychology

This one-year postgraduate program prepares you for independent work in psychology, focusing on practical experience and skills. Learn at the Thompson Institute, a world-class hub for mental health research, teaching and clinical services, close to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. The Institute addresses mental health in the community, particularly for youth, adolescents and older community members.

In this program you will:

  • Advance your knowledge of psychological assessment with a focus on selection, administration and interpretation of major psychological tests
  • Extend your knowledge of appropriate treatments for psychological disorders and how to deliver services ethically and within legal requirements
  • Develop skills in writing different kinds of psychological reports

Semester 1 2024 applications have closed.





1 year 1 year Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$22,992 - 2024 Fees Fee-paying
A$29,600 Annual fee
Annual fee


  • Semester 1
  • Semester 1
For Thompson Institute (TI) students some courses in this program will be taught at the Sunshine Coast Campus For Sunshine Coast students some courses in this program may be taught at the Thompson Institute (TI) from 2025

Career opportunities

  • Non-government organisations
  • Private health sector
  • Psychologist with general registration
  • Public health sector


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

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 1
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
Total units
1 year 1 year
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure
Required courses (8) 96 units

PSY700 Advanced and Transcultural Counselling
PSY701 Advanced Psychological Assessment and Reporting
PSY702 Clinical Psychological Practice 1
PSY704 Advanced Research Design and Methods
PSY705 Clinical Psychological Practice 2
PSY713 Professional Skills 1
PSY716 Professional Skills 2
PSY754 Clinical Health Psychology and Psychopharmacology

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all UniSC courses are available on every UniSC campus.


Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

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.
  2. Applicants must be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

The Master of Professional Psychology offers a limited number of places.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Additional entry information

Applicants must also submit two referee reports (one academic and one professional). Shortlisted candidates are required to undertake an interview. There are limited places available for this program. Offers will be made on the basis of academic achievement, references and interview which are evaluated holistically by a small team of teaching staff.

All successful applicants are required to apply for and gain provisional registration or if applicable, full registration, with the Psychology Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Students must have registration prior to commencing their study and this must be maintained for the duration of the program.

Applicants with non-Australian degrees must have their qualifications assessed by the APS.

All documentation must be submitted by the application closing date. Applications that are not full and complete by the close date will not be accepted.

Program requirements
In order to graduate you must:
  • Successfully complete 96 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) 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.
WIL notes
  • It is a Queensland Government requirement that students undertaking a placement within a clinical setting are fit tested annually for an approved respirator. Clinical settings include hospitals, residential aged care facilities, residential disability care facilities, prison health services, youth detention health services, community health care settings, and vaccination clinics). If the Fit Testing requirement applies to placement activity within your Program it will appear in your mandatory checks on Sonia Online. In accordance with Australian Standards, you must be clean shaven for your fit test. Facial hair that lies along the sealing surface of a tight-fitting respirator prevents an effective seal. Therefore, it is a requirement that there is no hair growth between the skin and the facepiece sealing surface in order to achieve a fit. At this stage, there is no exemption in Queensland to this requirement for religious or other reasons and UniSC is unable to waive this requirement.
  • Students will undertake a minimum of 300 hours of practicum placement in total across the 2 professional skills courses.
  • It is no longer a requirement that students in Master of Professional Psychology are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Please note that some placement host organisations have chosen to continue requiring COVID-19 vaccination. If you are not fully vaccinated, it is important to know that placement opportunities in your program may be limited and may result in a delay to your placement.

    UniSC still strongly recommends that all students undertaking placement are fully vaccinated and provide evidence of this vaccination status to the University.

Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Professional Psychology - Inherent Academic Requirements

UniSC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

UniSC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at UniSC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a UniSC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Fee-paying estimate
A$22,992 - 2024 Fees
Annual tuition fee (A$, 2024)

Postgraduate coursework places

All postgraduate coursework programs are subject to tuition fees unless the postgraduate program is offered under Commonwealth support arrangements.

Eligible students (Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand Citizens who hold a Special Category Visa and meet the eligibility requirements) may seek assistance to defer payment via a FEE-HELP loan.

International student fee information is available on the Tuition fees and other costs page. For information on how higher degree by research student fees are calculated, including the Student Services and Amenities Fee, visit the Higher Degree by Research Student Fee Calculation Information page. Visit the HDR scholarships page for information on available scholarships.

Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2023 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.

Annual tuition fees are based on 2023 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

To apply for the Master of Professional Psychology, submit the completed application form to USC. You must also request two referees (one academic and one professional) provide USC with reports using the online Psychology Reference system. For more information visit Application forms.

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to UniSC.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at UniSC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

Visit How to apply for simple steps to submit your international student application and start your UniSC experience today.

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