2018 Postgraduate Courses
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Master of Professional Psychology | 2018

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Master of Professional Psychology



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1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

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Faculty of Social Sciences

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The primary aim of the Masters of Professional Psychology is to prepare candidates for a final year of supervised internship in the field of psychological practice prior to full registration.

The course provides one year of full-time education in the professional practice of psychology that:

  • forms the foundation for professional practice, building on the existing knowledge and skills base acquired as part of an APAC-accredited (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) four-year undergraduate course;
  • takes an evidence-based approach based on the scientist-practitioner model;
  • is broad and generalist in nature; and
  • matches the core professional attributes and capabilities as outlined in the APAC accreditation standards.

The program is taught via a combination of e-learning, face-to-face discussions and skills training workshops, supervision, and external service industry placements.

Students are required to demonstrate a Credit pass in the theory components of the course, and a professionally acceptable level of competency in the practical course components.

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of Professional Psychology will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specialised knowledge of psychological principles, professional ethics and standards (including the ethical, legal and professional aspects of psychological practice), theories of individual and systemic functioning and change, dysfunctional behaviour, psychopathology, the cultural bases of behaviour and organisational systems.
  2. Demonstrate specialised knowledge in conducting systematic psychological assessment including diagnostic classification systems and the limitations of psychological tests.
  3. Demonstrate specialised knowledge in a range of intervention techniques and strategies including their empirical and theoretical bases, for both individuals and groups.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the process of and fluctuations in the development of the therapeutic relationship and strategies to manage these processes.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the process of research data evaluation and its relevance to psychological practice, articulated through a ‘scientist-practitioner’ perspective.
  6. Apply ethical principles effectively to complex ethical dilemmas and the generate appropriate responses to such dilemmas.
  7. Determine the most appropriate assessment to administer based on synthesis of complex problem presentations, ancillary data and relevant psychological theories.
  8. Administer and interpret a range of specified tests including intelligence, personality, and memory tests and the mental status examination.
  9. Carry out structured and unstructured interviews, selection interviews, survey interviews, clinical interviews for diagnostic and case formulation purposes including history taking, and group-based interviews.
  10. Systematically observe behaviour involving both naturalistic and clinical observation and using predetermined procedures for observing the behaviour of one or more persons.
  11. Demonstrate mastery in counselling skills, including micro-skills, rapport building skills, treatment planning, core behaviour change skills and cognitive behavioural approaches.
  12. Develop creative strategies, founded on empirically derived intervention techniques, to overcome impediments in interventions.
  13. Critically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, using validated instruments and protocols, and respond to evaluation data appropriately.
  14. Convey, appraise and interpret information with accuracy in both oral and written formats.
  15. Display conduct or behaviour consistent with the legal requirements and codes of conduct relevant to psychologists.
  16. Promote, restore, sustain or enhance cognitive functioning and a sense of well-being in individuals or groups of clients through preventive, developmental or remedial services.
  17. Interact on a professional level with a wide range of client groups and other professionals.
  18. Apply research knowledge and skills to psychological practice. 

Course Structure 

To qualify for award of the degree, the Master of Professional Psychology, a candidate must successfully complete at least 48 credit points, as outlined below

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
PSYP920 External Placements 8 Annual
PSYP911 Child and Adult Assessment and Psychopathology 6 Autumn
PSYP912 Principles of Psychotherapy 8 Autumn
PSYP919 Workplace Professional Practices 8 Autumn
PSYP910 Applied Psychological Interventions 6 Spring
PSYP921 Reflective Practice 6 Spring
PSYP922 Theory of Applied Psychological Practice 6 Spring

Capstone Experience

Students undertake a capstone experience in the subject PSYP921 Reflective Practice. This subject applies the knowledge and skills taught in the course as an integrated preparation for professional psychological practice.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as meeting the requirements for the first year of registration as a Provisional Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Other Information

For further information email: psyc-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 24 November, 2017