Master of Professional Psychology

Study Professional Psychology at ANU

The Master of Professional Psychology is a two year (full-time) program and offers an alternative pathway to your professional career in psychology, without the need for an honours degree.

The two-year program includes coursework on psychological assessment, interventions and professional skills; a group research project in the first year and practical placement experience in the second year. The Master of Professional Psychology is less research-intensive than honours.

ANU is currently seeking to accredit this course with APAC. Once accredited, the program will provide the fourth and fifth years of university study in the 5+1 pathway to registration as a psychologist.

Graduates from the degree will be required to complete a one year internship and pass the National Psychology Examination before they can apply for full registration as a psychologist. Graduates will be eligible for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society

The program is the first in Australia to combine the fourth and fifth years of study in the 5+1 pathway and was developed specifically to meet the requirements of students pursuing this pathway.

There are 25 places available in each intake of the Master of Professional Psychology due to availability of supervisors. 50% of these places are reserved for ANU undergraduate students and 10% of places are reserved for Indigenous applicants.

What you'll learn

The Master of Professional Psychology is a two-year highly structured program with sequential enrolment. Upon completion of the first year (48 units) of study you will need to apply to the Psychology Board of Australia for provisional registration.

In this program you will study a variety of topics:

  • Foundations of Professional Psychology
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Professional Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychological Interventions
  • Contextualising Professional Psychology
  • Advanced Assessment in Professional Psychology
  • Advanced Psychological Interventions
  • Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Preparation for Professional Psychology Placements
  • Evidence in Professional Psychology
  • Advanced Health Psychology and Lifestyle Medicine
  • Professional Psychology Placement
  • Professional Psychology Research Project.

Download the Master of Professional Psychology handbook (811KB PDF).

What it's like to study Professional Psychology

Professional psychology placement

This course will provide you with supervised experience in one or more professional psychology settings, where you will undertake a range of client-related activities under the supervision of a registered psychologist.

Dr Tegan Cruwys

Helping young people with depression

A program to improve social connections could be just as effective as cognitive behavioural therapy when it comes to treating depression.

Meet some of your teachers

Dr Kristen Murray

Kristen is interested in the areas of clinical and health psychology. Her clinical practice and research focuses on psychological factors in health and well-being, particularly how these relate to obesity, eating disorders, chronic disease and health behaviour change. She is broadly interested in research that aims to understand, assess and treat these factors to improve health and well-being in the community. 

Dr Conal Monaghan

Dr Conal Monaghan

Conal lectures on clinical assessment and statistics in the Master of Professional Practice program, and on psychometrics in the clinical psychology program. He is passionate about clinical research and assessment, dimensional models of personality disorder, clinician well-being, and working to improve youth / adolescent mental health. 

Professional Psychology careers

The Master of Professional Psychology can lead to a psychology career in a wide range of private, government and not for profit settings.

Graduates will be eligible for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society. If you complete a one-year internship and the National Psychology Examination can apply for full registration as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Scholarships: Scholarships

ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

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How to apply

Understand the entry requirements

  1. Check domestic admission dates on the ANU Study website.
  2. Check admission requirements and deadlines for this degree on the Handbook website. Read the requirements carefully to make sure you understand them.
  3. You must also meet the University's English language admission requirements.

Prepare entry requirements & supporting documents

You need to complete two referee reports for your application. Please complete these forms and upload as supporting documentation in the application process.

Referee reports

ANU must have received your referee reports by 31 October. Contact your referees well in advance to ensure we receive them in time.

There are two ways to submit the referee reports:

Option 1
Apply for a reference using the Psychology Postgraduate Program Reference Request System. Your references will be shared with ANU.

Option 2
Alternatively, your referees need to complete and email the referee report forms to rsp.hdr.sa@anu.edu.au. We will not accept references sent directly by applicants

Submit an application

Start your application on the Universities Admissions Centre website.

Attend an interview

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic achievements and referee reports. The selection committee will invite shortlisted applicants to attend a personal interview in early December.

Receive an offer

Applicants who are successful at the interview will be offered places in the program. Applicants who have been offered a place will have a short period in which to accept (or decline) the offer.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

Understand the entry requirements

  1. Check international admission dates on the ANU Study website.
  2. Check admission requirements and deadlines for this degree on the Handbook website. Read the requirements carefully to make sure you understand them.
  3. You must also meet the University's English language admission requirements.

Prepare supporting documents

ANU must have received your referee reports by 31 October. Contact your referees well in advance to ensure we receive them in time.

You need to complete two referee reports for your application. Please complete these forms and upload as supporting documentation in the application process.

There are two ways to submit the referee reports:

Option 1
Apply for a reference using the Psychology Postgraduate Program Reference Request System. Your references will be shared with ANU.

Option 2
Alternatively, your referees need to complete and email the referee report forms to rsp.hdr.sa@anu.edu.au. We will not accept references sent directly by applicants

Get your overseas qualifications assessed

This can take approximately 2 months. If you hold an accredited degree from a New Zealand university you are exempt from this assessment.

You are required to get your overseas psychology qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). The APS assesses the level at which an applicant’s qualifications are comparable to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sequence of study in psychology. You have to pay a fee for this service to apply for entry to an APAC-accredited psychology course at ANU.

Submit an application

Start your application on the ANU Study website.

Attend an interview

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic achievements and referee reports. The selection committee will invite shortlisted applicants to attend a personal interview in early December.

Receive an offer

Applicants who are successful at the interview will be offered places in the program. Applicants who have been offered a place will have a short period in which to accept (or decline) the offer.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

How to apply

Domestic

Understand the entry requirements

  1. Check domestic admission dates on the ANU Study website.
  2. Check admission requirements and deadlines for this degree on the Handbook website. Read the requirements carefully to make sure you understand them.
  3. You must also meet the University's English language admission requirements.

Prepare entry requirements & supporting documents

You need to complete two referee reports for your application. Please complete these forms and upload as supporting documentation in the application process.

Referee reports

ANU must have received your referee reports by 31 October. Contact your referees well in advance to ensure we receive them in time.

There are two ways to submit the referee reports:

Option 1
Apply for a reference using the Psychology Postgraduate Program Reference Request System. Your references will be shared with ANU.

Option 2
Alternatively, your referees need to complete and email the referee report forms to rsp.hdr.sa@anu.edu.au. We will not accept references sent directly by applicants

Submit an application

Start your application on the Universities Admissions Centre website.

Attend an interview

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic achievements and referee reports. The selection committee will invite shortlisted applicants to attend a personal interview in early December.

Receive an offer

Applicants who are successful at the interview will be offered places in the program. Applicants who have been offered a place will have a short period in which to accept (or decline) the offer.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

International

Understand the entry requirements

  1. Check international admission dates on the ANU Study website.
  2. Check admission requirements and deadlines for this degree on the Handbook website. Read the requirements carefully to make sure you understand them.
  3. You must also meet the University's English language admission requirements.

Prepare supporting documents

ANU must have received your referee reports by 31 October. Contact your referees well in advance to ensure we receive them in time.

You need to complete two referee reports for your application. Please complete these forms and upload as supporting documentation in the application process.

There are two ways to submit the referee reports:

Option 1
Apply for a reference using the Psychology Postgraduate Program Reference Request System. Your references will be shared with ANU.

Option 2
Alternatively, your referees need to complete and email the referee report forms to rsp.hdr.sa@anu.edu.au. We will not accept references sent directly by applicants

Get your overseas qualifications assessed

This can take approximately 2 months. If you hold an accredited degree from a New Zealand university you are exempt from this assessment.

You are required to get your overseas psychology qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). The APS assesses the level at which an applicant’s qualifications are comparable to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sequence of study in psychology. You have to pay a fee for this service to apply for entry to an APAC-accredited psychology course at ANU.

Submit an application

Start your application on the ANU Study website.

Attend an interview

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic achievements and referee reports. The selection committee will invite shortlisted applicants to attend a personal interview in early December.

Receive an offer

Applicants who are successful at the interview will be offered places in the program. Applicants who have been offered a place will have a short period in which to accept (or decline) the offer.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

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