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Master of  Psychology

Program code: 5666

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

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 complete a range of high-level courses and undertake a dissertation. See Fields of Study for details.
  • Apply your knowledge with 1000 hours of supervised placements and develop your skills in a variety of real-life organisations. This includes counselling services, private practices, community clinics and hospitals.

Gain the training and skills required to practise competently and confidently in your chosen area of specialisation 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 27th in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Practical experience

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

  • Beyond the classroom
    "The course coordinators offer a lot of support, which has been really helpful especially at the beginning of the program. A highlight so far has been undertaking my practical placement at the UQ Psychology Clinic and getting to experience the practical side of being a psychologist." Sam, Master of Applied Psychology student, Australia
  • 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.

Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 3 fields of study available in the Master of Psychology.

View all fields of study for this program

Career outcomes

Counselling Psychology – Help individuals, families and groups in areas related to personal wellbeing, 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, work with clients in hospital settings, or in private practice to assist clients who may have chronic pain, chronic disease or lifestyle-related health problems.

Sport and Exercise Psychology – Work as a sport development officer, in private practice, or in sports academies (such as the Australian Institute of Sport) as a psychologist for weight management or treating chronic illness with exercise.

 

  • Why study

    How UQ Psychology is changing the world

     

Summary

  • Program code
    5666
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    32
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria

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.

Learn more about the admissions process

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.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Professional memberships

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

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • 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.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

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.

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.

Government assistance

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Master of Psychology are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,566
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

An "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth Supported Place in the Master of Psychology for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Allocations of Commonwealth Supported Places for postgraduate programs commenced in 2019 are yet to be determined by he Australian Government.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Psychology Board of Australia Registration (approx total for 2 years $1000)

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Psychology can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Psychology is 5666. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

Detailed application requirements can be found on the School of Psychology website. Applicants must submit via the Online Application a Psychology Additional Information form, academic transcripts, and CV. In addition, three references will need to be submitted using the Australian Psychology Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System which requires an active subscription at a cost of $25. For further information regarding the reference system, visit http://www.psychologyreference.org.

Shortlisted candidates are required to undertake an interview. Offers will be made on the basis of academic achievement, references and interview. There are limited places available for this program. A limited number of places are available for suitably qualified applicants on the basis of equity and students identifying as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are encouraged to apply.

All successful applicants are required to apply for and gain provisional registration or if applicable, full registration, with the Psychology Board of Australia, which includes the Board's English Language Proficiency requirements. Students must have registration prior to commencing their study and this must be maintained for the duration of the program.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Psychology is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - September 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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