This course provides a new postgraduate career option for Psychologists in Australia moving toward registration and psychological practice.
- 1 year full-time
The Master of Applied Psychology (Professional) commenced at Murdoch with our first intake in 2015. This new course was developed to extend the professional training opportunities for Psychologists in Australia. Each year there are many unsuccessful applicants for postgraduate programs and funding restrictions means that offers cannot be made. The Masters (Professional) provides a new postgraduate career option for graduates moving toward registration and psychological practice.
The 24 credit point, AQF level 9 Masters can be completed in one year of full-time study and will be available to Domestic and International Onshore students. This course includes coursework, practicum, and research components. Entry to the program is very competitive and requires a recognised and accredited Bachelor of Arts degree or Bachelor of Science degree, with at least 2A Honours in Psychology or its equivalent (e.g. an average Distinction level in a Bachelor of Psychology or Graduate Diploma in Psychology or a Bachelor of Psychology with evidence of an additional 6 months FTE of relevant experience).
Candidates undertake two practicums. This may include seeing clients within the University clinics or a workplace internship practicum within the candidate’s own workplace (by arrangement with the practicum co-ordinator).
The Murdoch Professional Masters program can provide a pathway into the Clinical Masters program. Entry to the Clinical Masters program is based on performance and availability of places.
Murdoch offers a highly engaged environment to study professional psychology that is both flexible and supportive. Murdoch employs leading academics and experienced clinicians who are committed to helping you succeed in your studies. Our suite of postgraduate programs has been carefully designed to equip you with work ready skills, the latest psychological approaches and to become a key member of innovative research teams. Our internal placements guide students in clinical based learning and our extensive range of external placements in diverse setting will help you establish a network of valuable contacts and open employment opportunities.
This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) within the newly developed 5+1 training pathway. The course is recognised by Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Once the course is completed graduates can apply to the Psychology Board of Australia for registration as a psychologist and for membership of the APS. To obtain full endorsement by the Psychology Board of Australia as a Professional Psychologist, graduates are required to complete one year of practice under supervision within a psychology internship.
Job prospects for professional psychologists are very good and employment growth is expected to be strong. On graduation from this course, students will be highly employable in a wide variety of areas, including private practice once you have met registration requirements, and working in various public and private sector agencies in areas such as health, community development, justice, education, and disabilities.
- Perth Campus
- School of Psychology and Exercise Science
- Master of Applied Psychology (Professional) (MAppPsych(Professional))
Each course has a core set of units that must be completed for you to graduate. In addition to these core units you are free to choose other units, called general electives, to create your own course.
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Graduate students must be registered from the start of their higher degree as a provisional psychologist. Within the first two weeks of commencing the course, the student must gain provisional registration with Psychology Board of Australia. As many agencies require all staff working with their clients or patients to have a police clearance, applicants are required to obtain a Federal police clearance (which will include WA clearance). In addition, if working with children a separate Working with Children Check is required. Clearly any agency will only be seeking information about behaviours that may place vulnerable clients at risk and will not be interested in any other type of behaviours. The applicant meets the cost of these clearances. Please note that some organisations providing professional placements require students to provide full immunisation records. Applicants must be in a position to provide these records if required.
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system. Applications close at the start of semester on 27 February.
Sorry, this course does not accept admissions for commencement in Semester 2. Please consider starting your studies in Semester 1 of the following year.Apply
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