Master of Professional Psychology

Master of Professional Psychology

Master of Professional Psychology

Engage further into the study of psychology
Master of Professional Psychology
1 Year Full Time
CRICOS Code: 103525C
Australian Qualification Framework: 9
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This course is no longer accepting applications for 2024 enrolments

Bachelor of Psychological Science


You’re ready to make your mark and help change people’s lives for the better. Our Master of Professional Psychology continues your deep understanding of human behaviour, and is the fifth year of the six years' professional training required for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

You can then complete a one-year Psychology Board of Australia approved internship or the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychological Practice to have the fifth and sixth years of training required for general registration as a psychologist.

This course is conditionally accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The accrediting body may have additional requirements to meet professional accreditation standards. For more information visit

This course has been accredited by the Navitas Professional Institute (NPI) under its self-accrediting authority.

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What you'll learn

Our Master of Professional Psychology is centered on three core principles:

Evidence-based study
Ethics and assessment
Empirical research skills and design

Course structure

The Master of Professional Psychology course is comprised of 9 units, which are level 500 units.

The course duration is 1 year full time or up to 3 years part time. For more information on the recommended course sequence click here.

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Students wishing to apply for Recognition for Prior Learning for the Master of Professional Psychology should contact the relevant course coordinator for advice prior to submitting the application due to limitations of credit that can be granted.

Pathways for future study

Completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science provides the necessary qualification for further study at fourth year level in psychology.

At ACAP the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) provides a 4th year of accredited study. Entry to fourth year is competitive and also requires at least a credit average in 2nd and 3rd year units as well as a credit or higher in the majority of psychology units.

Completion of a four year sequence enables a student to be provisionally registered as a Psychologist in Australia and New Zealand for the purpose of working towards general registration.

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I have held a lifelong passion to work as a mental health therapist, but wasn’t in a position to pursue this career until the last 10 years. I had graduated with an honours psych degree, but felt the need to develop my counselling skills which I believe are integral to the helping profession. I’m now employed in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Unit at a private hospital – my placement experience during my course paved the way to empowering and informing my growth as a mental health therapist. Lisa, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
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The academic and clinical staff have extensive experience in a variety of areas, so we get a diverse perspective on theoretical approaches and career prospects. The clinical placements are in a variety of settings, so there is an amazing opportunity to experience working with interesting and complex clients. Lara, Master of Psychology (Clinical)
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