Master of Professional Psychology

Course summary

This course is for graduates of a four-year accredited psychology program. The primary aim is to prepare candidates for a final year of supervised internship in the field of psychological practice prior to full registration.

This degree

The Master of Professional Psychology provides one year of full-time education in the professional practice of psychology that:

  • forms the foundation for professional practice, building on the existing knowledge and skills base acquired as part of an APAC-accredited (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) four-year undergraduate course;
  • takes an evidence-based approach based on the scientist-practitioner model;
  • is broad and generalist in nature; and
  • matches the core professional attributes and capabilities as outlined in the APAC accreditation standards.

What you will study

The program is taught via a combination of e-learning, face-to-face discussions and skills training workshops, supervision, and external service industry placements.

Course information

Study area




Course Code



1 year (2 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent


On Campus


UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


Students accepted into the course must have successfully completed a four year, or three year plus a fourth year, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited sequence in psychology within the previous 10 years, and be eligible for registration with the PBA as a provisional psychologist.

Places in this course are limited. Entry is competitive and is based on academic merit and personal suitability.

Selection procedures include:

  • satisfactory completion of the application form and a personal statement;
  • referee reports from at least two referees;
  • confirmation of original degree certificates;
  • completion of an interview with a panel; and
  • an average mark of 70% across all psychology subjects for the four years of previous study.

For information on how to apply, please visit the Postgraduate Psychology webpage. Here you will find step by step instructions and additional supporting documentation required to complete your application.


The NSW Health Department requires all students undertaking clinical placements at NSW Health hospitals and facilities to:

  • undergo a national criminal record check; and
  • comply with NSW Health's immunisation requirements

prior to employment or placement in any capacity in the NSW health system.

This criminal record clearance will be conducted by the NSW Police and/or the Australian Federal Police. Students are required to arrange for this check to be undertaken following enrolment, and the cost of the check will be their responsibility.

Students should consult the information on Criminal Records Checks, Prohibited Employment Declaration and Infectious Diseases in the Additional Information section.







On Campus

$13,488 (2018)

$26,976 (2018)

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of Social Sciences subject to quota availability.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.


This program is not available to international applicants.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an auditionor individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



International students All other students.



All students



L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates




2018 Autumn


Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
17 October. No late applications will be accepted. On-time applicants will be advised of their application outcome by the end of December 2017.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of Professional Psychology will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specialised knowledge of psychological principles, professional ethics and standards (including the ethical, legal and professional aspects of psychological practice), theories of individual and systemic functioning and change, dysfunctional behaviour, psychopathology, the cultural bases of behaviour and organisational systems.
  2. Demonstrate specialised knowledge in conducting systematic psychological assessment including diagnostic classification systems and the limitations of psychological tests.
  3. Demonstrate specialised knowledge in a range of intervention techniques and strategies including their empirical and theoretical bases, for both individuals and groups.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the process of and fluctuations in the development of the therapeutic relationship and strategies to manage these processes.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the process of research data evaluation and its relevance to psychological practice, articulated through a ‘scientist-practitioner’ perspective.
  6. Apply ethical principles effectively to complex ethical dilemmas and the generate appropriate responses to such dilemmas.
  7. Determine the most appropriate assessment to administer based on synthesis of complex problem presentations, ancillary data and relevant psychological theories.
  8. Administer and interpret a range of specified tests including intelligence, personality, and memory tests and the mental status examination.
  9. Carry out structured and unstructured interviews, selection interviews, survey interviews, clinical interviews for diagnostic and case formulation purposes including history taking, and group-based interviews.
  10. Systematically observe behaviour involving both naturalistic and clinical observation and using predetermined procedures for observing the behaviour of one or more persons.
  11. Demonstrate mastery in counselling skills, including micro-skills, rapport building skills, treatment planning, core behaviour change skills and cognitive behavioural approaches.
  12. Develop creative strategies, founded on empirically derived intervention techniques, to overcome impediments in interventions.
  13. Critically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, using validated instruments and protocols, and respond to evaluation data appropriately.
  14. Convey, appraise and interpret information with accuracy in both oral and written formats.
  15. Display conduct or behaviour consistent with the legal requirements and codes of conduct relevant to psychologists.
  16. Promote, restore, sustain or enhance cognitive functioning and a sense of well-being in individuals or groups of clients through preventive, developmental or remedial services.
  17. Interact on a professional level with a wide range of client groups and other professionals.
  18. Apply research knowledge and skills to psychological practice. 

Course Structure 

To qualify for award of the degree, the Master of Professional Psychology, a candidate must successfully complete at least 48 credit points, as outlined below

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
PSYP920 External Placements 8 Annual
PSYP911 Child and Adult Assessment and Psychopathology 6 Autumn
PSYP912 Principles of Psychotherapy 8 Autumn
PSYP919 Workplace Professional Practices 8 Autumn
PSYP910 Applied Psychological Interventions 6 Spring
PSYP921 Reflective Practice 6 Spring
PSYP922 Theory of Applied Psychological Practice 6 Spring

Capstone Experience

Students undertake a capstone experience in the subject PSYP921 Reflective Practice. This subject applies the knowledge and skills taught in the course as an integrated preparation for professional psychological practice.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

The Master of Professional Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as meeting the requirements for the first year of registration as a Provisional Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Why choose this course

The UOW School of Psychology offers excellent facilities and staff which guarantee quality education and opportunities for first rate research. The Northfields (Psychology) Clinic located on campus provides training and supervision of graduates in professional psychology through a psychological service to the community.