The Master of Psychology will deepen your knowledge in a chosen area of specialisation and provide you with the practical training needed for a rewarding career.

  • The Master of Psychology is designed for applicants with an approved bachelor honours degree in psychology (class I or IIA). The application process involves a range of requirements, including an interview – check with the School for details.
  • Develop core professional competencies, including skills in counselling, behaviour change and psychological assessment. You'll also understand the ethical issues and professional standards relevant to the practice of psychology.
  • Specialise in one field of study: Counselling Psychology, Health Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology, or Clinical Neuropsychology. You'll study a range of high-level courses and undertake a dissertation. See Fields of Study.
  • Apply your skills and knowledge through 1000 hours of supervised placements with a variety of organisations, including counselling services, private practices, community clinics, and hospitals.

Gain the training, skills and knowledge required to practise competently and confidently within the psychological profession.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ's School of Psychology is the largest school of psychology in Australia, and our academics and staff have made major contributions to the field. The school was ranked 25th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Practical experience

    During your studies you develop an understanding of professional issues and extend your skills in psychological assessment, therapy and report writing in the UQ Psychology Clinic or Sport and Exercise Psychology Service and/or in the broader community.

  • Teaching staff

    Research leaders

    Academics in the School of Psychology are internationally recognised for their work across the breadth of psychology. All staff who teach in the Master of Psychology are psychologists who have relevant specialist knowledge and research experience.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    The Psychology Students' Association provides plenty of opportunities to study, network, and socialise outside of the classroom. The PSA aims to enhance university life for psychology students by supporting their personal and professional development.

Fields of study for this program

There are 4 fields of study available in the Master of Psychology.

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Career outcomes

Counselling Psychology – Help individuals, families and groups in areas related to personal well-being, interpersonal relationships, work, recreation and health in both acute and chronic life crises.

Health Psychology – Contribute to health promotion campaigns within the government and NGOs, or work with clients in hospital settings or private practice to assist clients who may have chronic pain, chronic disease or lifestyle related health problems.

Sport and Exercise Psychology – Work in sports academies such as the Australian Institute of Sport as a psychologist for weight management programs, sport development officers or run your own practice with a focus on Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Clinical Neuropsychology – Undertake neuropsychological research, or practise in the assessment and treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders associate with dysfunction of brain processes or head injury.

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Summary

  • Program code
    5666
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    32
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

An approved 4-year bachelor degree in psychology (I or IIA honours) or equivalent 4-year APAC-accredited program.

Applicants must be eligible for provisional or if applicable, full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Applicants with non-Australian degrees must have their qualifications assessed by the APS.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Master of Psychology are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Psychology. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will have the opportunity to develop your skills and apply your knowledge through 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of organisations including not-for-profit, community service, and private practice.

Every effort is made to place students within a reasonable distance of the UQ campus but they can be expected to travel up to 60 minutes away. Students are generally placed at Ipswich, Brisbane and the Southeast corner of Queensland.

There will be no extra costs to the student in addition to course fees except for incidentals such as travel and daily expenses. The Master of Psychology Placement Handbook provides additional information about practicum and school experience requirements and is available from the School of Psychology.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • APS College of Counselling Psychologists
  • APS College of Health Psychologists
  • APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists

Accreditation body

The Master of Psychology is accredited by:

  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Psychology Board of Australia

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Master of Psychology may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Psychology.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Clinical Neuropsychology

The Clinical Neuropsychology field of study prepares students for research and practice in clinical neuropsychology through a combination of coursework, supervised practice, and research experience. This field of study allows specialisation in neuropsychological theory and practice in the assessment and treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders associated with dysfunction of brain processes or head injury.

Counselling

This field prepares students for research and practice in counselling psychology through a combination of coursework, supervised practice, and research experience. Counselling psychologists help individuals, families and groups in areas related to personal well-being, interpersonal relationships, work, recreation and health. They are trained to assist people who are experiencing both acute and chronic life crises. Counselling psychologists are employed in a number of areas where therapeutic counselling is an important focus, such as non-government counselling and crisis organisations, school counselling and health and wellness settings. Counselling psychologists may also offer therapy within private practice. Graduates are eligible for registration as psychologists in Australia and for associate membership in the College of Counselling Psychologists.

Health

This field prepares students for research and practice in health psychology through a combination of coursework, supervised practice, and research experience. Health psychologists may work on health promotion campaigns with the government and NGOs, while others work with clients in hospital settings or in private practice. They assist clients who may have chronic pain, chronic disease or require palliative care. The work of health psychologists is constantly expanding as the work of promoting good health and managing illness develops. Graduates are eligible for registration as psychologists in Australia and for associate membership in the College of Health Psychologists.

Sport and Exercise

This field prepares students for research and practice in sport and exercise psychology through a combination of coursework, supervised practice, and research experience. Careers in Sport and Exercise Psychology provide diverse opportunities from helping elite athletes develop the psychological skills needed to reach peak performance, to conducting research and awareness into the benefits of exercise for the treatment of chronic illness. Graduates are eligible for registration as psychologists in Australia and for associate membership in the College of Sports Psychologists.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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