Master of Professional Psychology (M7Q)

Overview  2015

ATAR

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Duration

Part time only
Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1

Full Fee Paying places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

The Master of Professional Psychology is the fifth year of a 5+1 internship program comprising coursework, research training and practical placements.  The course provides preparation for progression to a one-year Psychology Board of Australia approved internship program through the development of professional skills, in tandem with theoretical and empirical knowledge, in line with the scientist-practitioner model. Research training, including the ability to critically assess and apply research findings to inform evidence-based professional practice, is also provided.

On successful completion of the Master of Professional Psychology, graduates will be eligible to undertake a sixth year (the +1 year) of practical training. The one-year supervised practice internship which leads to general registration as a psychologist is arranged and developed independently and must be approved by the Psychology Board of Australia.

The key learning outcomes for the course are:

  • advanced knowledge of values and ethics in psychology and the ability to apply that knowledge in professional practice
  • advanced knowledge and skills in psychological assessment and skills in the ethical use of psychological tests;
  • achievement of competence in APAC core capabilities and attributes for Standard 5.1.12 (APAC Accreditation Standards, June 2010);
  • ability to critically assess and apply research findings to inform evidence-based professional practice
  • knowledge of the current version of the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce

Career outcomes

Graduates who subsequently successfully complete a one-year Psychology Board of Australia approved internship program will be eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

Professional Recognition

This course has been designed to meet the current standards for accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and has been granted accreditation with conditions until February 2016.

Course structure

Semester 1

This unit aims to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills to conduct a competent psychological assessment. Relevant clinical and theoretical literature will be reviewed, with an emphasis given to the practical skills needed to evaluate, administer, score and…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Studies the development, organisation and content of mental disorders. In general an experimental-clinical approach is taken, and intern psychologists are expected to become familiar with current research in the area. Consideration will be given to the diagnostic features of specific…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will introduce students to the generic cognitive behavioural therapy model and the basic therapeutic techniques necessary to undertake their first placement. The emphasis in this unit will be on case formulation and the acquisition of evidence based techniques.…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to provide an overview of the most commonly encountered behavioural, emotional, social, developmental and health-related childhood and adolescent clinical disorders. Topics may include attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, learning and…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Professional Practicum 1 will provide students with an opportunity to observe and practice the application of psychology within a structured and supervised setting. The practicum will promote a scientist-practitioner model of the professional psychologist through simulated learning activities.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit considers practical and ethical issues in clinical psychological practice. Students are introduced to key ethical codes and legislation and to a model for ethical decision-making through practice-based examples.Key practice issues including guidelines of professional and ethical conduct, confidentiality,…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to a variety of research methodologies and statistics related to clinical psychology. These will include single case designs, program planning and evaluation to inform clinical practice and meta-analysis. A critical review of an area of clinical…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 2

This unit contains two major components. The first provides an introduction to psychopharmacology and the underlying physiological systems that are involved in psychopathological disturbances. Students will also be introduced to pharmacological interventions currently used in Australia for particular disorder classes,…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to provide students with advanced training in the administration and interpretation of clinical assessment instruments. An evidence-based approach to best practice in psychological assessment will be emphasised. Topics will focus on assessing specific diagnostic problems.…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will take a disorder specific approach and teach students evidence based treatment for a variety of common mental health conditions. The emphasis in this unit will be on understanding the theoretical basis, outcome literature and specific techniques relevant…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Professional Practicum 2 will provide students with an opportunity to observe and practice the application of psychology in a structured and supervised setting. The practicum will promote a scientist-practitioner model of the professional psychologist with an increasing level of independence.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students will undertake a research project in evidence-based professional practice. The project will be in the form of a case study, evidence-based or secondary data analysis study relevant to the practice of psychology. Topics will be allocated and supervised by…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit considers the practical issues relevant to the experience of clinical psychology practice. Lectures will outline key theoretical models and evidence-based treatments for specific adult psychological disorders, and classroom discussion and exercises will provide an opportunity to develop key…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Applications for entry to the course will be assessed on the basis of academic qualifications, academic merit, relevant experience, references, and a structured interview.

The minimum academic requirement for entry to the course is successful completion of a four year APAC-Accredited sequence in psychology (AQF Level 8) within the last 10 years, together with eligibility for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist. 

To be eligible for entry to the course applicants must have attained either a 2A Honours degree or a Distinction average across their psychology subjects in years 3 and 4 of their APAC accredited undergraduate training. 

International applicants will need to have achieved a GPA equivalent to a Distinction average in their Honours year or fourth year of undergraduate study together with a minimum IELTS score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).  Further information on English Language Skills Registration Standard of the Psychology Board of Australia (1 July 2015) is available on the website: http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx

Those applicants who have not completed a four year APAC- accredited sequence in psychology, must have their qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society, and provide the assessment report from the Australian Psychological Society with their application.  Information on how to do this and the fees associated with this service can be found at: http://www.psychology.org.au/membership/qualifications/     The assessment report must state that the applicant's qualifications are comparable to a four year APAC- accredited sequence in psychology. 

Applications need to be submitted on-line by the end of September.  All applicants must satisfy the Division of Psychology that they are suitable candidates for professional training in psychology.  Selection will be based on referee reports, relevant experience and interview by a selection panel. Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview in October.

Successful applicants will also need to meet the Faculty of Health requirements for students undertaking Professional Experience Placements as part of their course to meet the 'capacity to practice safely' pre-Professional Experience Placements conditions determined by legislative, University policy and professional body requirements. [http://www.utas.edu.au/health/professional-experience-placement/safety-in-practice-kit].

Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree.  The Faculty will specify what further studies a candidate who has received Advanced Standing shall be required to complete in order to qualify for the degree of Master of Professional Psychology.

On completion of the course, graduates may be eligible to apply for entry to a masters extended program in an area of specialist practice, such as clinical psychology.

On successful completion of the Master of Professional Psychology, graduates will be eligible to undertake a sixth year (the +1 year) of practical training. The one-year supervised practice internship which leads to general registration as a psychologist is arranged and developed independently and must be approved by the Psychology Board of Australia.  In order to apply for General Registration as a psychologist, students will need to have completed both their MProfPsych and their one year internship. They must also remain provisionally registered from year 5 until they obtain general registration.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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