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Master of Science (Research) Specialisation Psychology Research

Master of Science (Research) Specialisation Psychology Research (MSCR)
CRICOS: 070618G

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
  • Ipswich
  • 1.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, Jul


  • USQ’s Master of USQ’s Master of Science (Research) (Psychology Research) will give you the opportunity to undertake enhanced and intensive research training and professional psychology practices within the psychology research field.
  • As part of your studies, you will prepare a dissertation using research skills you have gained throughout your degree. There is a strong emphasis within this degree on professional training flexibility matched with research training.
  • The Master of Science (Research) (Psychology Research) can allow you to progress your psychology research career. As graduates of this degree, you could go on to further studies in your specialty psychology research area including USQ’s PhD.

Professional accreditation

Our Masters of Science (Research) (Psychology Research) is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as an accredited fourth-year program in psychology, and at the completion of the degree you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. However, there is a requirement to complete a further two years of supervised practice or an approved Masters program after initial registration.

Entry requirements

  • Completed a program of study approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as constituting the first three years (or equivalent) of study in psychology within the last three years
  • Achieved a GPA of 5.0/7.0 or better in the psychology courses in an APAC accredited undergraduate program
  • Acceptance will be subject to the availability of, and endorsement by, a USQ supervisor.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don’t meet the entry requirements, don’t worry, there are pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 12 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
Research project 8
Total 12

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

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Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 37040

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 37040

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

CRICOS: 070618G

For the Psychology Research specialisation, closing dates are earlier due to the compulsory residential schools that are held in non-teaching weeks:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Monday 4 January 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Friday 28 May 2021.

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