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

Academic Requirements

This program is not available to international applicants.

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 Additional Information section.


2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
On Campus

Session Fee: $12,720
Full Course Fee: $25,440

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.

Admission information

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 Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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

Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.



Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer



75th percentile rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



25th percentile rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.


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 2016.


2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study



Vocational education & training study



Recent secondary education

Basis of admission




ATAR plus additional criteria



Other criteria only (non-ATAR)



Work & life experience



International 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)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.


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

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 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
PSYP920External Placements8Annual
PSYP921Reflective Practice6Annual
PSYP922Theory of Applied Psychological Practice6Annual
PSYP911Child and Adult Assessment and Psychopathology6Autumn
PSYP912Principles of Psychotherapy8Autumn
PSYP910Applied Psychological Interventions6Spring
PSYP919Workplace Professional Practices8Spring

 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.