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Master of Psychology (Professional)

Masters by Coursework

MC-PSYCHP

Course
Master of Psychology (Professional)
Duration
1 year full-time
Credit
200
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

At Curtin, postgraduate study in psychology is designed to meet the needs of professionals seeking advanced theoretical and professional knowledge and skills. A master level course allows you to specialise in counselling psychology or clinical psychology.

Zachary Baldock

The practical elements of this course have been phenomenal. We have been supported and taught how to administer psychological assessments, perform mental status examinations and implement a wide range of counselling skills. After refining these skills, we have been able to be put them into practice by undertaking a practicum.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

This information is relevant for students studying in 2019. If you plan to commence study in 2020, please view the planned offering

This one-year degree provides advanced professional training in psychology.

The course will equip you with education and training in the professional practice of psychology and is designed to integrate coursework, research and placement components with an emphasis on experiential learning. You will be provided with a rewarding and relevant learning experience throughout the course.

Throughout the program, linkages are made specifically for you to develop detailed understanding of the relationships between psychological theory, the scientific evidence base for these theories, and the clinical applications of both theory and research. The skills you develop will enable you to operate from a scientist practitioner perspective, with well-developed knowledge of psychometric measurement, case formulation, treatment planning and intervention strategies.

This course has an earlier application deadline. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.

 

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

 

Why study

  • Our psychology graduates are highly regarded for the depth of their theoretical and practical knowledge and research skills.
  • Our teaching staff all have extensive experience and place importance on excellence in teaching.

How this course will make you industry ready

Throughout the program, linkages are made specifically for you to develop detailed understanding of the relationships between psychological theory, the scientific evidence base for these theories, and the clinical applications of both theory and research. The skills you develop will enable you to operate from a scientist-practitioner perspective, with well-developed knowledge of psychometric measurement, case formulation, treatment planning and intervention strategies.

Professional recognition

This course has received Accreditation with Conditions from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Career information

This course provides access to a wide variety of employment opportunities in government and non-government counselling and mental health services. After graduating from this course, you are eligible to apply for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia once you have completed your internship and successfully completed the National Psychology Examination.

What you'll learn

  • apply psychology knowledge, principles and practice to achieve client-centred and evidence-informed outcomes
  • generate effective solutions through critical analysis, reflective practice and professional reasoning
  • critically appraise information and apply it to contemporary psychology theory and practice
  • communicate effectively and appropriately to ensure positive and effective therapeutic and inter-professional relationships; use relevant documentation and reporting processes including the ethical disclosure of professional information
  • evaluate and apply appropriate technologies to contemporary psychology practice
  • develop and apply life-long learning skills to achieve professional competence; engage in research to further develop personal and professional knowledge and skills
  • comply with APAC standards and practices through integration of local and global perspectives relevant to the field
  • practice psychology in a culturally responsive and inclusive manner, incorporating perspectives of multiple stake-holders
  • work in a professional and collaborative manner to meet ethical and legal responsibilities

Admission criteria

A four-year undergraduate Australian Psychology Accreditation Council-accredited psychology degree, completed within the last 10 years. Entry is competitive and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. You must also be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist.

You will also be required to provide supplementary information with your application.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 72
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 185

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Graduates from the Master of Psychology (Professional) are not eligible to apply for endorsement. This course does not meet the Psychology Board of Australia requirements for an “approved area of practice”. Please also note that there is currently no bridging pathway to either the MPsych (Counselling) or the MPsych (Clinical).

This course has an earlier application deadline. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

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  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information. View courses information disclaimer.

  • Curtin course code: MC-PSYCHP
  • CRICOS code: 084066J
  • Last updated on: September 5, 2019