Master of Professional Psychology

Postgraduate coursework

Build advanced skills in psychological assessment and ethics, and prepare for supervised practice that leads to registration as a psychologist.

Accredited by APAC

Ranked in the top 1% globally for psychology^

Pathway to becoming a registered psychologist

Key facts


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

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Course overview

Build advanced skills in psychological assessment, ethics and therapeutic interventions with the Master of Professional Psychology. This fifth-year, APAC-accredited psychology course prepares you for a final year of supervised practice that leads to general registration as a psychologist.

If you want to elevate your understanding of human behaviour to an expert level, why not do it at a university that’s ranked #1 in Victoria for education experiences in postgraduate psychology?

The Master of Professional Psychology is all about preparing you for the next stage of your career. If your aim is to progress to the one-year internship that leads to registration as a psychologist, you’ll graduate with professional practice skills that allow you to thrive in your chosen setting. If registration isn’t your goal and you’re ready to explore new, more challenging roles in the workforce right away, the specialised knowledge you’ll develop throughout the course set you up to make a positive impact in people’s lives from day one.

Haven’t mapped out your path beyond graduation? This course exposes you to the many different roles, topics and challenges that exist within psychology, allowing you to sample different career options before making your choice.

Key areas of study include:

  • psychology across the lifespan
  • working with diverse populations
  • ethics in professional psychology
  • psychological intervention strategies such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches
  • the application of different psychological assessment methods such as personality, intelligence and ability tests.

All of these skills are ingrained through practical experience. Take your learning beyond textbooks to participate in demonstrations, role-play, individualised feedback and collaboration sessions that give you a chance to apply your skills to authentic scenarios. These techniques are a step up from those learned at the undergraduate level and allow you to apply more complex interventions to a broader range of psychological symptoms.

Your studies will be enriched further by professional practicums that consist of three key activities: workshops, placement and supervision. Practicums are another opportunity to apply the principles learned in the classroom in real-life settings. Learn on your feet, build relationships and problem-solve under the guidance of established professionals.

Combine this extensive practical experience with a strong focus on applied research to graduate as a well-rounded professional. Learn how to apply research to your decision-making, become confident at critically analysing research and discover what it takes to conduct your own.

Entry into the Master of Professional Psychology is competitive. That’s because Deakin is ranked in the top 1% worldwide for psychology, and leads all Victorian universities for education experience, learning resources and support services. If you want to join a high-achieving group of students with a shared passion for exploring the human mind and helping others, the Master of Professional Psychology is the course to take your career forward.

Learn more about your career options in psychology.

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Professional Psychology

2023 course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
111856F Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Course structure

To complete the Master of Professional Psychology students must attain 8 credit points. All 8 units are core. The course has a strong emphasis on the development of skills and evidence-based practice. Students will complete a minimum of 4 credit points each trimester over one year for full time study or part time equivalent.

Students are required to complete and pass both Practicum units. Failure of placement is grounds for exclusion.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Core units

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Practice and Ethics in Professional Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment in Practice
  • Psychological Interview and Intervention Strategies
  • Professional Practicum A
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Psychological Practice Across the Lifespan
  • Working with Diverse Populations
  • Applied Methods for Professional Practice
  • Professional Practicum B
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

    In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

    Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

    Under the regulations of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, Master of Psychology students are required to be provisionally registered from the commencement of enrolment and for the duration of enrolment in their degree. This is a mandatory requirement. Students should apply online for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as soon as they have been accepted into the degree. Alternatively, a paper form is available on the Board’s website (see Application for provisional registration - APRO-76


    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include online classes, practicals, face-to-face intensives, placements and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    All students, whether full time or part time, will be required to attend a number of compulsory workshops and weekend intensives throughout the course. In addition, students will be expected to attend at least 80% of blackboard collaborate sessions for their Units across the year. Students should expect to commit 10-12 hours of study per week per unit. Requirements for placements will vary depending upon where a student completes their practicum.

    Work experience

    Placement program

    Placements are designed to equip students with a range of professional skills and an awareness of professional issues in psychological practice. You will have placements in at least two different settings. Your placement program will be determined jointly by you, the placement coordinators, and the practitioners supervising the placements. Contracts will be drawn up which will clearly specify the skills to be taught and the responsibilities of the student and placement supervisor. Placement supervisors are registered psychologists, eligible for membership of the Australian Psychological Society. Each placement requires the full complement of days to be completed. Failure of any one placement may result in exclusion from the course.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    The prerequisite for entry to the course is the completion of a four-year sequence of study in an accredited psychology program which meets national registration requirements and eligibility for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society, or equivalent. The four-year sequence may be either an honours program or the combination of a three-year undergraduate degree including a psychology major and an approved postgraduate program.

    Entry will be competitive, based on academic results, referees' reports, relevant work experience, personal statement and interview before a panel of school selection staff. It would normally be expected that applicants will have achieved a minimum Honours grade of H2A or equivalent. Relevant professional experience will be a factor in selection. Equal opportunity guidelines will be observed in all selection procedures.

    Applicants should provide certified copies of academic transcripts from all previous tertiary studies undertaken, resume and personal statement.

    Applicants must provide two academic referee reports. Information on how to obtain and share references will be provided shortly. Preferred referees include 4th year supervisors and course directors from the applicant’s university, however we will also consider other academic referees with working relationships with the applicant within the area of psychology. Applicants are not required to include referee information through the Deakin University direct application portal.

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note: meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into this program is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Normal University regulation and guidelines pertain to students applying for Recognition of Prior Learning within this program. In all cases credit will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis with maximum credit granted being consistent with university policy.

    Credit for coursework can be approved only if it is strictly equivalent to coursework in the current course and was successfully completed in an APAC accredited course within the previous ten years. Credit for placement experience completed as part of their current employment can only be given if it is of direct relevance to the course, would ordinarily be undertaken by a qualified psychologist, and if supervision fulfils all of the usual requirements of course placements. Credit cannot be provided for previous employment experience prior to entry into the course as it is not integrated into the overall learning undertaken during the course.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $31,800 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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    The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:

    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 10% Deakin alumni discount);
    • assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed actual number completed may be reduced if recognition of prior learning is granted;
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    • assumes that the options that the user selects are appropriate for the course of study that they intend to undertake;
    • where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Entry pathways

    H744 is a stand-alone, post graduate course that has no direct pathway to another Deakin course. Nearly 100% of graduates transition directly to full-time work. A small number of students with research aptitude and interest enrol in the PhD program.

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.


    Career outcomes

    This course is a pathway into the one-year internship that leads to general registration as a psychologist. Once you’re registered, you’ll have the qualifications and experience needed to practise psychology in areas such as:

    • mental health settings
    • schools
    • rehabilitation settings
    • disability
    • aged care
    • return to work
    • forensic settings
    • private practice

    Not looking to become a registered psychologist? You’ll still have a broad and exciting range of career opportunities to explore when you graduate from this course. Your deep understanding of advanced psychological assessment methods combined with your client-centred approach to practice will equip you for roles in:

    • community welfare and case management
    • human resources
    • education
    • mental health rehabilitation
    • drug and alcohol services
    • public health
    • youth and family support.

    Learn more about psychology pathways and career outcomes 

    Professional recognition

    The Master of Professional Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) in accordance with the Accreditation Standards for Psychology Program.

    When you graduate, you’ll have the right skills, experience and qualification to secure a final year of supervised practice in the field. After this one-year supervised internship, you’ll be eligible to apply for generalist registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) under the '5+1 internship model' for registration.

    Eligibility for registration as a general psychologist through the PsyBA is subject to meeting the requirements of the regulatory body (including the National Psychology Examination). Deakin makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Displays broad knowledge of common client presentations seen across the lifespan and understanding of the theoretical principles and research underlying psychological practice that prepares students to undertake the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) internship program leading to full registration as a Psychologist.


    Compose clearly written case reports; demonstrate effective verbal and interpersonal communication skills using appropriate language to communicate with specialists and non-specialists such as other health professionals, clients and carers within a range of professional settings.

    Digital literacy

    Use appropriate technologies to collect relevant discipline-specific information; assemble, evaluate, justify and integrate this information to formulate appropriate hypotheses, assessment and treatment approaches and disseminate this information to clients and health professionals.

    Critical thinking

    Critically evaluate and integrate scientific evidence and under supervision, transform this information into case formulations, assessment, interventions and policy that demonstrate evidence-based practice in the field of psychology.

    Problem solving

    Under the guidance of a supervisor, analyse theoretical frameworks and adapt foundation knowledge and skills to design evidence-based intervention and management approaches tailored to meet the needs of diverse client presentations.


    Demonstrates ethical and professional practice, showing an appreciation of the need for continued supervision, accountability, good judgment and reflective practice in all areas of psychological and professional work and complies with the National Law requirements for conduct, health and performance.


    Develop, maintain and manage professional, ethical and collaborative relationships with multidisciplinary team members and stakeholders to work effectively together in the best interest of the client and the profession.

    Global citizenship

    Demonstrate, report and apply ethical, legal and professional principles to work productively as a provisional psychologist within diverse social cultural and environmental contexts by collaborating and communicating in a self-reflective and culturally sensitive manner.

    ^QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019