Master of Professional Psychology

Course summary

This course is for graduates of a four-year accredited psychology program. The primary aim is to provide a 5th year of supervised practice and structured learning to prepare candidates for a final year of supervised internship in the field of psychological practice, prior to applying for general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.


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 to the scientist-practitioner model;
  • is broad and generalist in nature; and
  • grounds the core professional competencies as outlined in the APAC accreditation standards.

Teaching methods include a combination of lectures, workshops, skills training, on-line and supervised work-based practicums, both at the University's Northfields Psychology Clinic and at external placements. The emphasis is on skills training and includes demonstration sessions, audio-visual recording of assessment and therapy, case presentations, role-play activities and feedback and reflection.

Course information

Study area

Psychology

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

442

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

099429G

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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.

RECORD CHECK

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 Health Placements section.

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$14,592 (2021)

$29,184 (2021)

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 the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities 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.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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 from the University of Wollongong onshore or internationally, within the previous 10 years, and be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia 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.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

7.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

98

25

25

22

22

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Distinction (weighted average mark of 75 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$16,296 (2021)

$32,592 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT 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 2020.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 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.

-

-

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

-

-

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 audition or 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).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: 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)


ATAR PROFILE

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 2020

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

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

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

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 18 October 2020
  • International Applicants: 18 October 2020

Please refer to the School of Psychology for application procedures.

Course Structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Handbook

Accreditation & professional recognition

The Master of Professional Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as meeting the requirements of a 5th year program of study, allowing progression towards registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Why choose this course

The UOW School of Psychology offers excellent facilities and staff to support education and opportunities for research.

The Northfields Psychology Clinic located on campus provides training and supervision in professional psychology through a psychological service to the community.