Master of Applied Psychology / Doctor of Philosophy

Murdoch University

This combined course is offered to students wishing to combine professional training at Masters level in Clinical Psychology with compatible research at the PhD level. It combines a thorough professional training in the chosen area of specialisation with the high level of research training associated with doctoral-level studies. The course allows students to fulfil the requirements of both the relevant Masters degree and the PhD. Students who have a strong academic record demonstrating particular strength in the area of research may be considered for entry. Candidates will normally complete the full first year of the Masters course before going on to enrol in the PhD for the second, third and fourth years. Students are exempted from the Masters thesis requirement and normally complete a 12-point external placement unit concurrently with the PhD commitment. Whilst candidates are advised to complete the first year of the Masters course in advance of beginning the PhD, it is possible to begin with the latter. Coursework is selected and placements organised according to the area of specialisation. It is a requirement that the topic of the PhD must relate to the area of specialisation. This professionally accredited course adheres to a scientist-practitioner model that stresses a systematic problem-solving approach. Its objective is to prepare psychologists who are skilled in individual casework and can apply their skills and knowledge to prevention, research, development, and evaluation, at the individual, organisational and system levels. It is a professional qualification in Applied Psychology leading to employment in the health, mental health, educational, occupational, ergonomic and community areas, which meets international standards. The course also develops students to be expert researchers in their chosen area of specialisation. The course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and is recognised as such by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). Graduates will be eligible for direct registration as psychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia. Psychologists are emerging as highly employable professionals in contemporary health services given their strong grounding in effective interventions, solid assessment skills and their ability to devise and implement research. Job prospects for applied psychologists are very good; employment growth is expected to be strong following recent government initiatives. On graduation from this course, students will be highly employable in a wide variety of areas, including private practice as a registered psychologist, and working in various public and private sector agencies in areas such as health, community development, justice, education, and disabilities.

Entry Requirements:

Entry to the program is very competitive and to be accepted into the course applicants must have successfully completed a four year, or three year plus a fourth year, APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, within the last 10 years, with an upper second class Honours (2A) or equivalent overall mark. Applicants must be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) as a provisional psychologist. An exception to this may be made for currently registered psychologists who can demonstrate current compliance with Registration Board CPD requirements. Students with overseas qualifications who are accepted into the course must ensure that their undergraduate qualifications meet the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) for equivalence to a four-year APAC Accredited Australian degree in Psychology. All successful applicants must be registered from the start of their higher degree as a provisional psychologist. The admission process includes both application and interview. In order to gain admission to this program, students must satisfy the Psychology Board of Australia English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language. For more details on this, see Applicants must apply simultaneously for entry to both the MAppPsych and the PhD. Unsuccessful applicants for both courses may still be considered for entry to either course on its own. Candidates enrolled in the first year of the MAppPsych may apply for transfer into this course.

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Provider CRICOS: 00125J

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Psychologist, Sociologist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Murdoch No info No Full time 4 years
Murdoch No info No Part time

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