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Master of Professional Psychology

Course code I88New in 2021

This postgraduate course provides education and training in applied professional psychology to prepare graduates for an internship to achieve registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

The course is based in the scientist-practitioner model and provides experiential learning of evidence-based psychological practice skills through coursework and a practicum.

Why ECU?

  • ECU top in teaching quality

    For the fifth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia.

    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

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  • Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

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  • THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

I88

Fees

Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $23,500

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1 year full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Early closing date 09-10-2020

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

I88

Fees

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1 year full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Early closing date 09-10-2020

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to be eligible for, and successfully gain and maintain, Provisional Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, and must have completed an APAC- accredited 4th year qualification in psychology, including an independent research-based project. Applicants must provide a personal statement describing their motivations and personal suitability for the course. Additionally, applicants must submit a curriculum vitae showing details of relevant employment and volunteer experience. Two referee reports must be submitted by the referees via the HODSPA Online Referee System. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree; or
    • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • International students are required to provide an IELTS Academic with an overall minimum score of 7.0 (no individual band less than 6.5).  Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    Minimum English standard requirements for this course may also be satisfied with one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree from an approved country;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Structure

Year 1 - Trimester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY6501Foundational Professional Psychology Skills20
PSY6502Ethics and Professional Psychology Practice20
Year 1 - Trimester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY6503Psychological Practice with Adults15
PSY6504Psychological Practice with Children and Adolescents15
Year 1 - Trimester 3
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY6505Professional Psychology Practicum30
PSY6506The Scientist Practitioner in Professional Psychology20

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students will complete a minimum of 300 hours of skills training and supervised practice during the course. This includes a minimum of 280 hours of practicum experience under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist.

    Attendance requirements

    Students will be required to attend practicum on specified days as negotiated with their practicum supervisor.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    All students will be required to undertake a National Police Clearance. Students may be required to undertake other clearances specific to individual organisations. Students whose practicum involves contact with young people under the age of 18 will be required to obtain a Working with Children clearance. Students may be required to undertake or provide evidence of health screenings and/or immunisations as required by individual organisations. Additionally, OSH agreements, insurance policies, and risk assessments are required for all placements.

    Professional practice rules

    All students are required to abide by the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics, the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 and all relevant State and National legislation whilst on practicum

  • Students can apply for membership with Psychology Board of Australia. All students must apply for Provisional Registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia on enrolment in the course and maintain this registration status for the entire duration of the course.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply high level self-management and reflective skills to monitor professional functioning and plan and implement strategies for ongoing development as a professional.
  2. Apply professional knowledge and technical skills to design, implement, and evaluate psychological strategies with individuals and groups across the lifespan.
  3. Communicate and collaborate in an ethical and culturally responsive manner in professional practice with clients, other professionals, and other stakeholders.
  4. Investigate, analyse, and synthesise complex information and problems in a range of professional contexts.
  5. Reflect critically on and apply a complex body of psychological knowledge, theories, principles and methods to evidence-based and client-centred psychological practice.

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $23,500 *

* Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include a range of non-government and government organisations including mental health services, schools, drug and alcohol services, disability services, workplace rehabilitation providers, disability services sector, corrections, child protection, disability sector, and private practice.

Possible future job titles

Psychologist, Mental Health Worker, Clinician, Case worker, Counsellor, Programs Officer

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    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

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    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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