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Master of Professional Psychology (MPPS)

Study Mode
  • On-campus

  • Semester 1 (February)

Number of Units
  • 8 units

  • 1 year or part-time equivalent

  • Ipswich

All core courses are offered as on-campus Saturday workshops.
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Become a registered Psychologist

Take the next step to become a registered psychologist with USQ’s Master of Professional Psychology. Have you have already completed a four-year Psychology degree and want to achieve general registration? Our Master of Professional Psychology, plus one year of full-time supervised (independent) practice, will qualify you for a career as a Psychologist.

Gain psychology experience and knowledge

Do you have a busy schedule? No problem. Our Psychology training workshops are held on Saturdays during the semester, allowing you to integrate your studies with a work-life balance.

Your studies and experience will prepare you to provide psychological assessment, intervention strategies, relapse prevention and a wide range of psychology services.

Professional accreditation

The Master of Professional Psychology has received accreditation with conditions from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fifth-year program in Psychology.

Upon completion of your Master of Professional Psychology degree and a further one year of full-time supervised practice, you will be able to apply for general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. Graduates will also be able to apply for full membership with the Australian Psychological Society after a period of supervised practice.

As a graduate, you will be able to find employment as a psychologist in a variety of within public health and community services, as well as private practice.

Professional experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete professional experience. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 5
plus 1 x elective 1
plus 2 x practical experience courses 2
Total 8

Note: all core courses in this degree are offered as compulsory on-campus Saturday workshops.

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 20000

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Completed an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited 4-year sequence in psychology within the last 10 years (Honours AQF Level 8).
  • Be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
  • Provide two satisfactory referee reports1 and a report to address the Selection Criteria (PDF 104 KB) indicating your abilities to successfully undertake the professional and research components of the program.
  • Be assessed in a face-to-face (or via teleconferencing) interview with a panel of school staff.

1 The Australian Psychology Postgraduate Reference Request system is the same across all Australian universities. To be able to use the system, you will need to have an active subscription. The subscription allows you access the service during the 2016 – 2017 intake from 1 August 2016 to 30 July 2017. The cost is $25.00 and can be paid for through the "My Account" section in the payment tab.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

Note: All core courses in this degree are offered as on-campus Saturday workshops.

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:
  • Semester 1, 2017 - applications close Friday 25 November 2016.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Friday 24 November 2017. 

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

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