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COURSE

Master of Psychology (Professional)

MC-PSYCHP

TAUGHT BY: School of Psychology

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

1year

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

200

About 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.

PLEASE NOTE: The new Master of Clinical Psychology will LAUNCH in 2021, subject to APAC accreditation. This is a stand-alone 6th year (APAC level 4) course and offers advanced training in clinical psychology.

In order to be eligible for this course, applicants must obtain an APAC-accredited professional competencies (level 3) qualification, for example, Curtin’s Master of Psychology (Professional) or equivalent. Entry is competitive and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. For more information, please contact Associate Professor Rosanna Rooney, Course Coordinator at: r.rooney@curtin.edu.au

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

Why study Master of Psychology (Professional)

  • 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.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

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 as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

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 / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

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

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2019

Fee year: 2019

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$6,570*

Domestic

What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.

$32,000*

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$6,680*

Domestic

What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.

$32,130*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

For individual unit fees, see estimated course fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

International student fees for 2019

Fee year: 2019

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $17,600*
Total indicative course fee $35,200*
Indicative year 1 fee $35,200*

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,400*
Total indicative course fee $36,600*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,600*

Fees are indicative only.

*Based on a first-year full-time study load of credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice:

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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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.

Zachary Baldock

Where to get further information

Applicants applying for an undergraduate degree with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma if you are applying for an undergraduate degree.

Applicants with other international qualifications

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  • Curtin course code: MC-PSYCHP
  • CRICOS code: 084066J
  • This offering was last updated on: 16/10/2019