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Master of Psychology (MPsych)

Course code: R7A
The Master of Psychology course is offered on the Hobart campus. There are two streams to the degree course; one in clinical psychology and one in educational psychology. The degree is awarded in terms of the specialisation undertaken. Graduates who have undertaken the specialisation in clinical psychology use the abbreviation MPsych(Clin) while graduates who have undertaken the specialisation in educational psychology use the abbreviation MPsych(Ed).

The Master of Psychology degree course may be completed in a minimum of two consecutive years of full-time study and research or not more than four consecutive years of part-time study and research. Candidates whose study has been interrupted by illness or other reasonable cause may be granted additional time by the Faculty in which to complete the course.

Objectives
Both streams of the Master of Psychology degree course have particular vocational outcomes and are intended to prepare students for professional work as psychologists through the development of advanced professional skills, in tandem with theoretical and empirical knowledge, thus fulfilling the model of the scientist-practitioner.

Master of Psychology graduates who have undertaken the stream in clinical psychology meet the academic requirements for registration as a psychologist, and for membership of The Australian Psychological Society. The stream in educational psychology provides graduates with a professional qualification which will meet the requirements for registration as a psychologist and for membership of The Australian Psychological Society.

Admission requirements & prerequisites
To be admitted to the course, applicants must hold the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science of the University of Tasmania, in either case with first or second class honours in Psychology.

Applicants who hold the Diploma of Psychology of the University of Tasmania obtained at the level 'Pass with Credit', or a degree or diploma from an approved university or tertiary institution at a standard equivalent to those referred to above, and which contains an equivalent component of coursework and research in psychology, may be considered for admission to the degree course.

In special cases applicants who hold a Diploma of Psychology from the University of Tasmania obtained at the level of 'Pass', or a degree or diploma of equivalent standing, and appropriate professional experience and demonstrated capacity to do the course, may be considered for admission.

All applicants must satisfy the Psychology Department that they are suitable candidates for professional training in psychology.

Course structure
To qualify for the degree, candidates are required to undertake one of the following programs.

Clinical Psychology
Course Coordinator: Dr CL Williams

The program consists of coursework, supervised clinical work and a research thesis. Candidates are required to undertake supervised practical work for 64 days each year.

Each year of the program is run alternately and candidates may enter the course at the beginning of either year. Candidates contemplating part-time study should consult the Course Coordinator to determine their program.

Year A
HYA851Behaviour Assessment and Testing
HYA852 Physiological Basis for Psychopathology
HYA853 Psychopathology
HYA854 Behaviour Change
HYA856 Research Design
HYA857 Professional Practice and Ethics A
HYA858 Research Report 1
(thesis proposal to be done in first year of full-time enrolment whether Year A or Year B)
Year B
HYA861 Neuroanatomy for Psychologists
HYA862 Clinical Child Psychology
HYA863 Community Psychology
HYA865 Clinical Psychophysiological Measurement and its Applications
HYA866 Current Issues in Assessment and Behaviour Change
HYA867 Professional Practice and Ethics B
HYA868 Research Report 2
(thesis - to be completed in second year of full-time enrolment whether Year A or Year B).

Educational Psychology
Course Coordinator Dr AF Garton

The stream in educational psychology is offered in conjunction with the University's Department of Education (Hobart Campus). Candidates who need a teaching qualification undertake Diploma in Education studies (eight units). Candidates who have a teaching qualification undertake selected Master of Education units (four units).

The program consists of coursework, supervised educational experience and a research thesis. Candidates are required to undertake supervised practical work for 64 days for each full-time year of the course.

Each year of the program is run alternately and candidates may enter the course at the beginning of either year. Candidates contemplating part-time study should consult the Course Coordinator to determine their program.

Year A
Psychology
HYA830 Methods in School Psychology
HYA831Interviewing, Guidance and Counselling: Theory and Practice
HYA832 Exceptionality and Special Education
HYA833 Professional Practice and Ethical Issues (taken in first year of full-time enrolment)
HYA856 Research Design
HYA859 Research Report 1
(thesis proposal - normally done in first year of full-time enrolment)

Education
At least three of the eight required Diploma in Education units selected from the following and including EBA526 (usually taken in the first year of the course) and EBA527 (usually taken in the second year of the course).
EBA501 Educational Psychology (Dip Ed)
EBA502 Education and Society (Dip Ed)
EBA503 Philosophy of Education (Dip Ed)
EBA513 Classroom Practice (Psych Ed)
EBA526 School Experience (3 weeks)
EBA527 School Experience (5 weeks)
EBA540 Curriculum and Method - Social Sciences
or (where candidates hold a teaching qualification) two Master of Education units selected from the following (subject to availability).
EBA764 Adolescent Counselling
EBA708 Theories of Counselling
EBA709 Introduction to Counselling Skills
EBA710 Lifespan Development
EBA806 Curriculum Design and Development A
EBA824 Teachers as Evaluators A [na]
EBA830 Decision-Making in Education [na]
EBA831 Leadership in Education
[na]=not offered in 1996
Year B
Psychology
HYA841 Theories of Learning and Development
HYA842 Psychoeducational Assessment
HYA843 Applied Issues in Development and Education
HYA844 Professional Practice and Ethical Issues
(taken in second year of full-time enrolment)
HYA862 Clinical Child Psychology
HYA869 Research Report 2
(thesis - undertaken in second year of full-time enrolment)
Education
At least three of the eight required Diploma of Education units selected from the Diploma of Education units listed above and including either
EBA526 (usually taken in the first year of the course) or
EBA527 (usually taken in the second year of the course).
or (where candidates hold a teaching qualification)
two Master of Education units selected from the Master of Education units listed above (subject to availability).

Course rules are detailed in the Rules Handbook.

Thesis
The thesis must embody the results of a research investigation on a topic approved by the Course Coordinator. The investigation must be carried out under the supervision of a staff member of the Department. The thesis must be submitted by 30 November of the second year of study unless the Faculty has approved an extension of time.

Progress
A candidate who fails to make satisfactory progress may be required by the Faculty to withdraw from the course.

Enrolment master codes
Clinical PsychologyHYA850
Educational PsychologyHYA880




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