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Master of Professional Psychology

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If you are a fourth-year APAC accredited psychology graduate, CSU’s Master of Professional Psychology provides a pathway to general registration as a psychologist. Our course will enhance your existing skills and knowledge through online learning - giving you flexibility to fit study into your life. Your study experience will be enhanced through attendance at residential schools and participation in supervised training and practice in professional settings.

  • Why study this course?

    Our postgraduate course offers you the opportunity to obtain a fifth year of professional training in psychology, supporting progression towards general registration as a psychologist. This degree includes both coursework and supervised training and practice in professional settings designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in professional practice.  

    On completion of this course, registration as a general psychologist may be obtained following a final year of Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) approved supervised internship. Registration as a general psychologist through completion of a Master of Professional Psychology in conjunction with a PsyBA approved practice internship, is referred to as the ‘5+1’ internship pathway to registration.

    On attainment of general registration as a psychologist, you may be eligible to apply for entry to CSU’s Master of Clinical Psychology.

  • Career opportunities

    This degree requires you to have obtained provisional registration status with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). As a graduate of the Master of Professional Psychology, you may then complete a PsyBA approved practice internship external to the University. On completion of the ‘five plus one’ sequence provisionally registered psychologists must then complete the National Psychology Examination prior to applying for general registration as a psychologist.

    General registration as a psychologist enables you to work in any area of psychology that is within your scope of competence and uses the title 'psychologist'.

  • Professional recognition
    The Master of Professional Psychology will be offered for the first time in 2017, and program accreditation will be sought with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
  • Credit and pathways

    Due to accreditation requirements, academic credit can only be granted for subjects of an APAC-accredited postgraduate fifth or sixth year course in professional psychology.

  • Workplace learning

    You will be required to undertake 300 hours supervised training and practice in professional settings within the Bathurst region. These placements will be conducted within a variety of health and forensic settings, by arrangement between CSU and the organisation. Following completion of the Master of Professional Psychology, you will be eligible to undertake a further year of supervised experience to meet the requirements for general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    PSY558 Professional Psychology Placement 2
    PSY557 Professional Psychology Placement 1

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of eight coursework subjects (8 points each) and two workplace learning subjects (0 points each).

    PSY533 Foundations of Clinical Psychology
    PSY534 Clinical Psychopathology
    PSY535 Adult Assessment
    PSY536 Adult Interventions 1
    PSY537 Child Assessment
    PSY538 Child Interventions 1
    PSY539 Adult Interventions 2
    PSY542 Child Interventions 2

    PSY557 Professional Placement 1
    PSY558 Professional Placement 2
     

    Enrolment pattern

    Full-time Enrolment Pattern

    Session 1
    PSY533 Foundations of Clinical Psychology
    PSY534 Clinical Psychopathology
    PSY537 Child Assessment
    PSY538 Child Interventions 1
    PSY557 Professional Psychology Placement 1

    Session 2
    PSY535 Adult Assessment
    PSY536 Adult Interventions 1
    PSY539 Adult Interventions 2
    PSY542 Child Interventions 2
    PSY558 Professional Psychology Placement 2

    Part-time Enrolment Pattern

    Year 1

    Session 1
    PSY533 Foundations of Clinical Psychology
    PSY534 Clinical Psychopathology

    Session 2
    PSY535 Adult Assessment
    PSY536 Adult Interventions 1

    Year 2

    Session 1
    PSY537 Child Assessment
    PSY538 Child Interventions 1
    PSY557 Professional Psychology Placement 1

    Session 2
    PSY558 Professional Psychology Placement 2
    PSY539 Adult Interventions 2
    PSY542 Child Interventions 2

  • Residential schools

    While there may be some variation, you should expect that each coursework subject requires attendance at a 2.5 day residential school at Bathurst. Please note, attendance is compulsory and if you are unable to attend the residential school you will need to withdraw from the subject and re-enrol at a later date.

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    PSY542 Child Interventions 2
    PSY536 Adult Interventions 1
    PSY538 Child Interventions 1
    PSY535 Adult Assessment
    PSY534 Clinical Psychopathology
    PSY539 Adult Interventions 2
    PSY533 Foundations of Clinical Psychology
    PSY537 Child Assessment

  • Admission information

    Applicants must possess:

    • provisional registration as a psychologist. This must be obtained from the commencement of enrolment and for the duration of the program.
    • a four-year APAC-accredited qualification in psychology at Honours 2A level e.g., Distinction or above, or an equivalent fourth year qualification
    • personal suitability to undertake professional practice as a psychologist.
    In addition, applicants will be expected to provide, at their own expense the following:

    • National Police Certificate - this can be obtained either through your State or Territory Police Service or through the Australian Federal Police

    Additional admission criteria

    Applicants must complete the Master of Professional Psychology Supplementary Form. Applicants are also asked to provide two professional or academic references, via the Master of Professional Psychology Reference Form.

    Shortlisted applicants will be required to participate in a face-to-face or telephone selection interview. Interviews are expected to be conducted across December and January, and successful applicants will be advised shortly after their interview. 

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.


    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPPGYNNOAPY

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must attain a passing grade on all coursewrok and placements subjects.  

  • How to apply
    Supplementary application forms

    Master of Professional Psychology Supplementary Form

    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Psychology

    Whether you study psychology to advance your knowledge or as a career, CSU’s courses offered through the School of Psychology may be just what you are looking for. The School delivers courses at Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga, as well as online, and uses the disciplines knowledge to enhance human well-being. A psychology degree can provide opportunities to gain provisional accreditation to practice as a psychologist. You could also apply your understanding of human nature to bring a compassionate outlook to a career in another field such as human resources or teaching.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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