Master of Professional Psychology

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This is a fifth year program in psychology, open to graduates of an accredited fourth year psychology program. It is designed to provide graduates in psychology an additional year of full-time education in the professional practice of psychology. This year is sufficient to prepare graduates for a final year of supervised practice prior to general registration as a Psychologist. Students are provided with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the eight core capabilities and attributes as required to practise psychology. It includes two supervised clinical practicums to enhance the student's theoretical knowledge with professional and 'real world' skill development. This program offers students an alternative '5 + 1' model to register as a Provisional Psychologist through this supervised practice pathway.

Course Fee:

Australian: $19,440
International: $25,536

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree with Honours in an accredited Psychology course with a minimum of Honours IIB; or a Bachelor degree with accredited 4th year equivalent major study in Psychology (with performance deemed of the same level as Honours IIB); and demonstrated suitability to undertake the course as evidenced by satisfactory: academic referee report; professional referee report; and for short-listed candidates, interview with the selection committee; and must be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia


80 credit points.

Subjects you can Study:


Further information:

The Master of Professional Psychology provides professional training in the eight professional capabilities required by the Psychology Board of Australia, and meets the '5 plus 1' model adopted by the PBA. The degree comprises 75% coursework and 25% practica. Flexible modes of delivery are used, with evening classes and weekend workshops, so that students may concurrently engage in employment during standard working hours.


This program has conditional accreditation with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 1 year
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 2 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 1 year
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 2 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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