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Master of Professional Psychology

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Degree Name:

Master of Professional Psychology

Degree Code:


Level of Qualification:



1 year full time or part time equivalent study^

Number of Units:

8 x 500 Level units of study (48 credits)

Study Load:

2 or 3 units per trimester, full time
1 or 2 units per trimester, part time

Refer to Course Structure for more details.


On campus - Sydney

Student Placement:

300 hours in total

Award Title:

Master of Professional Psychology

Cricos Code:


^ Maximum permitted duration 3 years, subject to regulatory or professional association requirements


The Master of Professional Psychology is an AQF Level 9 qualification which offers students the opportunity to complete an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited 5th Year / Level 3 professional competency qualification as a part of the training pathway to registration as a psychologist. Graduates will have advanced knowledge and skills in core areas of professional practice and research in psychology. The course incorporates coursework with supervised professional practice to provide students with a thorough grounding in general professional psychology and subsequent completion of a 6th Year internship program. The course learning outcomes for the Master of Professional Psychology are:

  • CLO1: Expertly apply advanced and integrated knowledge of psychology relevant to the safe and ethical professional practice of psychology with diverse individuals, groups and communities across the life span
  • CLO2: Expertly apply advanced and integrated knowledge to select and utilise appropriate research and evaluation strategies to answer questions arising from professional psychological practice
  • CLO3: Safely conduct culturally responsive psychological assessments relevant to individuals, groups and communities using valid and reliable approaches and sensitively communicate findings to a range of audiences
  • CLO4: Integrate, interpret and synthesise assessment information with their knowledge of psychology to develop culturally responsive case conceptualisations, diagnoses, and interventions for diverse individuals, groups and communities
  • CLO5: Expertly apply their advanced psychological knowledge and skills to implement culturally responsive evidence-based intervention approaches in collaboration with other professions and services for the benefit of diverse individuals, groups and communities
  • CLO6: Expertly apply personal and professional judgment to safely and appropriately initiate and plan for a sustainable career and contribution to the profession of psychology in an interdisciplinary context 

The Master of Professional Psychology has been developed in alignment with Psychological Sciences’ educational philosophy that aims to provide students with comprehensive evidenced-based theoretical and practical learning and with close reference to the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Rules for Accreditation and Accreditation Standards for Psychology Courses June 2010 and the Psychology Board of Australia General Registration Standard. The program is based on the scientist-practitioner model that integrates knowledge of the discipline of psychology, psychological research, professional training, and professional practice. It is designed to develop skills in observation and in formulating testable hypotheses that can be empirically examined, and in selecting and evaluating interventions and assessments that are based on defensible theoretical positions and informed by evidence of effectiveness.

Professional Accreditation

This course is pending accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

ACAP Graduate Attributes

Through their study and professional interactions at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, graduates are expected to have developed the specified attributes.

  1. Communicate: Apply effective communication skills with others in diverse contexts and through multiple modalities.
  2. Sustain: Sustain an intentional commitment to maintain currency and further develop knowledge and skills over their lifetime.
  3. Think: Apply critical, creative and flexible thinking to contribute and respond constructively across diverse settings.
  4. Engage: Engage effectively with contemporary and traditional knowledges across multiple contexts.
  5. Wellbeing: Utilise skills and knowhow to maintain resilience, personal and professional wellbeing when responding to challenges and opportunities. 
  6. Equality: Enact inclusive practices that deliver social justice and equality of opportunity. 
  7. Integrity: Apply integrity and ethical standards to study, research and practice.
  8. Community: Use teamwork and leadership knowledge and skills to advance teams, groups and communities.
  9. Global: Apply culturally sensitive professional knowledge and skills to contribute to a sustainable global future. 

Pathways to Future Study

Students who complete the Master of Professional Psychology are eligible to undertake a one-year Psychology Board of Australia approved internship in order to compete their sixth year of training required for general registration as a psychologist. Graduates can receive support during their sixth year internship through the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychological Practice program.

Alternatively, students may seek entry to the ACAP Master of Psychology (Clinical) qualification and may apply for credit transfer for up to eight units. 

Course Structure

Our Master of Professional Psychology includes coursework and practical placements. It is sequenced to promote an integration of knowledge and skill development. 

Students will:

  • complete a minimum of 300 hours of practical/skills training
  • receive at least 1 hour of supervision per 7.5 hours of practical work

Counselling, Communication and Culture

Psychology, Health and Wellbeing

Psychological Assessment for Professional  Psychology

Lifespan Psychopathology: Adulthood and Ageing

Lifespan Psychopathology: Children and Adolescents

Psychology Practice 1: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues

Research Methods for Professional Psychology

Psychology Practice 2: Working with Clients

For more information about the sequencing and structure of the Master of Professional Psychology, see our course guide.