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 a Postgraduate/Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
Applicants will also need to supply referee reports and a personal statement that details their past accomplishments, future plans, and interests in the graduate psychology program. Interviews will be offered to the best candidates.
Students with overseas qualifications who are accepted into the course and who wish to seek registration in Australia after graduation should ensure that their undergraduate qualifications meet the requirements of the relevant psychology registration board for equivalence to a four-year Australian degree in Psychology with at least 2A Honours.
Applications with qualifications obtained outside Australia must have a formal assessment completed by the Australian Psychological Society before submitting an application for study.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS), 6.5 Overall
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE), N/A
Pearson Test of English (PTE), 58 Overall
Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT), 90 Overall
Occupational English Test (OET), N/A
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.
Job prospects for professional psychologists are very good and employment growth is expected to be strong. Upon 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.
You could work in the following areas: health, community development, justice, education, and disabilities. Those students who complete the school stream will be employable in the State Education Department’s School Psychology Service. Careers could include:
School Psychologist (if the school stream is completed)
Clinical Psychologist (if you gain entry after completing the Masters of Applied Psychology Professional)
Paediatric assessment services
Disability sector work
Alcohol and drug counselling.
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.
Overseas Student Health Cover: 530 AUD per year