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Key facts

Gain the skills you need to practice as a provisional psychologist with UNE’s Master of Professional Psychology, an accredited fifth year degree on the 5+1 internship pathway to General Registration as a psychologist. Our flexibly-delivered, innovative course provides you with advanced knowledge of evidence-based approaches to psychological assessment and intervention. Future proof your career in this diverse and dynamic profession by ensuring you are equipped to provide high-quality psychological services for clients across the lifespan.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
Mode
  • Online
Entry requirements
  • Guaranteed ATAR: Not applicable
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Fees
  • Full Fee
    Full Fee

    Tuition fees for domestic students not admitted to a Commonwealth Supported Place (i.e. no available government subsidy).

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UNE Course Code
  • MPPSY

Course information

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Why study the Master of Professional Psychology with UNE?

At UNE, we have a long tradition of producing in-demand graduates in the rapidly changing field of psychology. Our online Master of Professional Psychology provides a fifth year of professional training for those with an accredited four-year undergraduate sequence in psychology. Our highly-qualified staff and facilities rank amongst Australia’s best, and our research and teaching are at the cutting edge of a diverse range of psychology topic areas.

Core units of our course emphasise the development of skills in psychological assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic intervention, as well as the application of critical thinking, data analysis, problem solving and research skills. As part of your Master’s program, you will complete 300 hours of practice, to ensure you are ready to provide high-quality, evidence-based psychological interventions, and prepare you for your final internship year.

What makes our course different?

At UNE, our mission is to deliver flexible study options that allow you to tailor your study to your needs, in an inclusive and collaborative learning environment that supports your success. We are industry leaders in the provision of online learning for aspiring psychologists. As the longest continuous provider of distance (now online) education in Australia, UNE is the proven expert.

  • Balance study with personal and professional commitments. Our Master of Professional Psychology can be completed full time or part time and is delivered online with mandatory intensive schools on campus. Here, you will engage and collaborate with our experienced, supportive academic staff and peers face-to-face, and access our world-class teaching and research facilities.
  • Equip yourself for practice, not only in urban and metropolitan areas, but also in the rural communities that we serve. In fact, more than 50% of our psychology graduates are employed in rural and regional communities, areas that have traditionally suffered from workforce shortages in health and psychosocial care.
  • Pursue advanced opportunities for study. If you demonstrate excellent academic performance and aptitude for clinical psychology whilst completing your Master of Professional Psychology, you may be able to apply to transfer to year two of UNE’s Master of Psychology (Clinical), which integrates the sixth year of practical training with an internal placement at our state-of-the-art Psychology Clinic in the Tablelands Clinical School in Armidale.

This is an approved Student Income Support course. Eligible students may apply for Youth Allowance or Austudy.

Postgraduate psychology students awarded UNE 5-star ratings for Learning Resources, Student Support, Teaching Quality, Graduate Salary and Overall Experience in The Good Universities Guide 2021. In fact, students consistently award UNE 5-star ratings for Overall Experience and Student Support.

Applications

If your application to the course is short-listed, you will be required to take part in an interview via video-conference with the selection committee. We also take into account relevant vocational and/or service experience and referee reports.

You may be able to apply for advanced standing for a maximum of 24 credit points of coursework units. Advanced standing requirements are determined by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation standards, and as such, you can only be given credit for coursework that is strictly equivalent to coursework in the current course and has been completed within the previous 10 years as part of an APAC accredited course.

Advanced standing will not be granted for research experience or employment experience prior to entry into the course. Placement experience completed as part of your current employment should not normally be credited in a fifth year Master of Professional Psychology course.

You must submit a National Police Certificate (criminal record check), Working with Children Check and provide evidence of your provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia prior to your commencement of the course.

Please note: You must meet the Mandatory Requirements and Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Places in the Master of Professional Psychology are limited and because of this, applications are ranked: first for an offer of interview, then again for a place in the program. Final offers are based on interview performance, academic record and referee reports. Failure to receive an invitation to interview or offer of candidature in the program does not indicate a determination of lack of suitability for postgraduate professional psychology training but, instead, reflects the high standard of applications UNE receives each year.Due to the high number of applications to our professional psychology programs, the University of New England does not provide individual feedback on applications or interview performance.

Study online

Most of our students choose to study online across three study periods with 24/7 tutor support* and fit study around work and family commitments. Uniquely, our online students are mostly over 30 and bring valuable experience with them. They form a community of adults juggling the same challenges and priorities and who bring their life and work experience together to build real world networks for the future.

Study on campus

Many of our students choose to take advantage of the on-campus lifestyle in Armidale, in the beautiful New England region, with access to unparalleled support, accommodation and sporting facilities. These students are often starting their first degree and have left school recently. Through access to academic and career support they get a fantastic start to their careers.

* 24/7 tutor support includes: essay feedback (within 24 hours); live chat 24/7 for generic feedback on academic writing; and subject-specific help at a foundation or first-year level for subjects including mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, business, accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics. There are also a wide range of workshops, resources and courses available in academic skills support to assist you and help you to succeed.

Offerings

Admission periodMode/location
Trimester 1Online

Entry requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 8 four-year Bachelor honours in Psychology, or AQF Level 7 three-year accredited sequence in Psychology plus an AQF Level 8 fourth year Bachelor honours or Graduate Diploma, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) - accredited sequence in Psychology within the last 10 years and be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a provisional psychologist.

(b) satisfy the requirements of Rule (a) and complete the School Psychology Specialisation

Please note: Rule (b) will not be available for admission in 2021.

An exemption to the 10-year rule may be made for currently registered and practicing psychologists who can demonstrate current compliance with the PsyBA CPD requirements seeking to gain a professional postgraduate qualification;
1. have done a National Police Certificate;
2. have done a Working with Children Check; and
3. have provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Please Note: You may submit your application for the Master of Professional Psychology without submitting your Working with Children Check, National Police Certificate or evidence of Provisional Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. However, should you be offered a place on the program you must submit each of these documents prior to the commencement of the program in Trimester 1. The Working with Children Check should be carried out according to the procedures of the state in which you are planning to conduct your clinical placement.

Selection procedures will include consideration of:
1. the applicant's academic record;
2. referee reports from at least two referees;
3. checking of original degree certificate; and
4. interviews for shortlisted candidates (face-to-face or via teleconferencing) by a panel comprising at least two members of staff of the Discipline of Psychology, one of whom has qualifications equivalent to those required for general registration as a psychologist.

Please note: Places in the Master of Professional Psychology are limited. Final offers are based on interview performance, academic record and referee reports.  Failure to receive an invitation to interview or offer of candidature in the program does not indicate a determination of lack of suitability for postgraduate professional psychology training but, instead, reflects the high standard of applications UNE receives each year.

Due to the high number of applications to our professional psychology programs, the University of New England does not provide individual feedback on applications or interview performance.

Please Note: The School Psychology Specialisation is only available to candidates admitted under admission Rule (b).

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced standing may be granted for a maximum of 24 credit points of coursework units. No advanced standing will be granted for coursework unit PSYC527. In accordance with the course accreditation standards, students may only be given credit for coursework that is strictly equivalent to coursework in the current course and must have been successfully completed in an APAC accredited course within the previous ten year period.

Advanced standing will not be granted for research experience or employment experience prior to entry into the course. Placement experience completed as part of current employment should not normally be credited in a fifth year Master of Professional Psychology course.

Fees and scholarships

How much will it cost?

Estimated fees for your first year of study in this course are:

Fee typeCost
Full Fee$31,784*
*The costs will depend on the units you choose to study as the cost of individual units vary. “Estimated fees” are provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking a study load of 48 credit points in the first year of this course. For courses that require less than 48 credit points the fees indicated are based on the total credit points required for completion of that course. For more information, please see fees and costs.

Scholarships

UNE scholarships are open for all to apply and offer financial help while you are studying. If you are commencing your university studies or if you are already a student at UNE, there are a number of scholarships to help you throughout your studies. There are UNE scholarships for students:

  • with high academic achievement
  • from rural areas
  • studying specific degrees
  • in disadvantaged groups
  • who excel at sport
  • living in a UNE residential college.

UNE scholarship applications are free and confidential. You may apply for more than one scholarship.

Course structure

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points as prescribed in the course accreditation standards and approved by the course coordinator. These units shall cover coursework and practicum requirements.

48 credit points

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)

36 credit points

Complete the following units:

12 credit points

And complete 12 credit points from the following units:

48 credit points

For candidates admitted under Rule (b)

36 credit points

Complete the following units:

12 credit points

Complete the following units:

See UNE Handbook for more details. The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course plans, intensive schools, and work placement requirements.

Course outcomes

The Master of Professional Psychology provides one year of full-time education (or part-time equivalent) in the professional practice of psychology sufficient to prepare candidates for a final year of supervised internship in the field prior to general registration. The course is designed to: (i) be at the foundational (professional) level, building and extending on the knowledge and skills of an APAC-accredited four-year undergraduate sequence; (ii) take an evidence based approach and be based on the scientist practitioner model; (iii) be broad and generalist (rather than specialist) in nature; and (iv) concentrate on core professional capabilities. Students who complete the School Psychology Specialisation will undertake a varied course plan that includes a context-specific coursework unit and a placement unit in order to prepare them for work in school psychology services.
  1. effect an advanced body of knowledge of the principles and practice of professional psychology;
  2. effect knowledge of the legal and professional frameworks for practice and interact responsibly and ethically with clients and other professionals;
  3. apply the principles and practice of assessment, diagnosis and case formulation; including psychological testing and test data interpretation;
  4. execute high level skills in individual and group clinical interventions, including counselling skills;
  5. apply advanced skills in research and evaluation; and
  6. appraise, interpret and communicate information in both oral and written formats and interact on a professional level with a wide range of clients and professionals.
  7. (School Psychology Specialisation only) understand the specific context and role of school counselling services, and demonstrate the foundational level skills required for work in an educational psychology environment.
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates have an advanced knowledge of general psychology practice, including an understanding of assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology across the lifespan. Graduates site their practice within international perspectives on theory, diagnostic systems and evidence-based treatments. Graduates respect clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and understand the impact of culture on therapy.

Communication Skills

Graduates have high level verbal and written communication skills and effective interpersonal skills for psychology practice. Graduates communicate with professionals, and the general and scientific community, via case reports and oral presentations.

Problem Solving

Graduates are logical and critical thinkers, able to select and use evidence-based procedures and techniques and critically evaluate their practice as well as research evidence.

Information Literacy

Graduates have advanced information literacy skills gained through literature searching, objective scientific writing, and exposure to resources for professional practice.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates practice within the legal and ethical frameworks of the profession. Graduates also have a sense of social responsibility for knowledge and decision-making and its application in professional practice. Through the application of the scientist-practitioner model, graduates contribute to the development of the profession.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates engage in continuing professional development accessing research and skills training to inform practice. Graduates are also adaptable and flexible, open to new ideas and able to manage change.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates practice across a variety of settings, working independently or collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams. Graduates respect multiple points of view and interact in accordance with professional ethics.

A five-star experience

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Overall Experience
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Studying online

At UNE we know it takes more than just being online to be a great online university. It takes time and experience. We pioneered distance education for working adults back in the 1950s, so we’ve been doing this longer than any other Australian university.

We understand the challenges faced by busy adults studying at home. We know that a vital part of online study is your engagement with the learning community. Communication with your classmates, teaching staff and university support staff will enhance your study experience and ensure that your skills extend beyond the subject matter. UNE’s teaching staff are experts in their field which is why UNE consistently receives five stars from students for teaching quality, support and overall experience.*

*The Good Universities Guide

Your career

Career outcomes

As a graduate of UNE’s Master of Professional Psychology you will have a unique skill set with adaptability and practical experience that is valued in a wide range of workplaces across the private, public and non-government sectors.   

Registered psychologists work across diverse settings, including:   

  • hospitals and community health services 
  • academic and applied research 
  • law courts and prisons 
  • private practice 
  • market research 
  • schools and other education providers.
Professional recognition

Our course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council as a fifth year degree on the 5+1 internship pathway towards General Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.   

Upon completion of your degree, you will need to undertake an additional one-year internship to become eligible for General Registration as a psychologist in Australia. 

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