Master of Applied Psychology Professional

Murdoch University

The Master of Applied Psychology (Professional) commenced at Murdoch with our first intake in 2015. This new course was developed to extend the professional training opportunities for Psychologists in Australia. Each year there are many unsuccessful applicants for postgraduate programs and funding restrictions means that offers cannot be made. The Masters (Professional) provides a new postgraduate career option for graduates moving toward registration and psychological practice. The 24 credit point, AQF level 9 Masters can be completed in one year of full-time study and will be available to Domestic and International Onshore students. This course includes coursework, practicum, and research components. Entry to the program is very competitive and requires a recognised and accredited Bachelor of Arts degree or Bachelor of Science degree, with at least 2A Honours in Psychology or its equivalent (e.g. an average Distinction level in a Bachelor of Psychology or Graduate Diploma in Psychology or a Bachelor of Psychology with evidence of an additional 6 months FTE of relevant experience). Candidates undertake two practicums. This may include seeing clients within the University clinics or a workplace internship practicum within the candidate's own workplace (by arrangement with the practicum co-ordinator). The Murdoch Professional Masters program can provide a pathway into the Clinical Masters program. Entry to the Clinical Masters program is based on performance and availability of places. Murdoch offers a highly engaged environment to study professional psychology that is both flexible and supportive. Murdoch employs leading academics and experienced clinicians who are committed to helping you succeed in your studies. Our suite of postgraduate programs has been carefully designed to equip you with work ready skills, the latest psychological approaches and to become a key member of innovative research teams. Our internal placements guide students in clinical based learning and our extensive range of external placements in diverse setting will help you establish a network of valuable contacts and open employment opportunities. This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) within the newly developed 5+1 training pathway. The course is recognised by Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Once the course is completed graduates can apply to the Psychology Board of Australia for registration as a psychologist and for membership of the APS. To obtain full endorsement by the Psychology Board of Australia as a Professional Psychologist, graduates are required to complete one year of practice under supervision within a psychology internship. Job prospects for professional psychologists are very good and employment growth is expected to be strong. On graduation from this course, students will be highly employable in a wide variety of areas, including private practice once you have met registration requirements, 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 requires a recognised and accredited Bachelor of Arts degree (or Bachelor of Science degree) with at least 2A Honours in Psychology or a Postgraduate/Graduate Diploma in Psychology; applicants will also need to supply referee reports and a personal statement that details their past accomplishments, future plans, and interests in the graduate psychology program. Interviews will be offered to the best candidates


Candidates undertake 2 practicums. This may include seeing clients within the University clinics or may include a workplace internship practicum by arrangement with the practicum coordinator.

Subjects you can Study:

Applied psychology

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00125J

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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Murdoch No info No Full time 1 year

Why study with us

Murdoch provides everything you would expect from a world-class university, including leading academics, world-changing research, excellent facilities and a wide range of courses.

Our strong connections with overseas partners, government departments and the wider working community gives you the perfect springboard to take part in work placements and complete real-world projects. 

One of the top 100 universities in the world under 50, our emphasis on Work Integrated Learning led Murdoch to being ranked the number one university in Australia for medium-term overall employment in 2018.


Teaching Facilities 

Our world-class teaching facilities give you access to real-world equipment and resources, helping you gain the industry knowledge and experience you need to succeed in your chosen field.

Virtual classroom - Murdoch is proud to be the first university in Australia to offer SimLabTM technology, giving students the opportunity to practice and improve their teaching techniques in a safe learning environment.

Perth's most modern Moot Court - Try cases in a real court environment and compete with other law schools around the world using video satellite technology.

Engineering plant - Our scaled Bayer Pilot Plant features real-world engineering equipment, the only one of its kind in Perth.

Media Arts Centre - Have access to our professional equipment and industry-standard facilities, including fully equipped TV and radio studios and editing suites.

The Chiropractic Clinic - Work with registered chiropractors on real clients in our clinic, which features 11 consulting rooms.

State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre - Access to our collaborative centre for research and development, with platform technologies and world-class equipment and facilities.

World-famous veterinary facilities - Our Perth campus is home to a working farm, a vet clinic, fully equipped veterinary hospital, pet emergency centre and Equine Centre.


Student Services

Health & counselling - Facilities and services to help you look after your physical and mental health.

Career services - Support your career journey, develop your professional network and benefit from student and graduate opportunities.

Child Care Centre - Run by qualified and experienced staff so you can focus on your studies.

Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre - If you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island student, we have a range of support services and options to help you during your studies.


Admission & Selection 

The path you take when you apply to Murdoch will vary depending on who you are and what you want to study. 

High school leavers:

If you’re completing high school this year, you'll need to apply through TISC. Once applications to TISC have closed, you can apply directly to Murdoch until the start of the semester.

All other applicants:

Applications can be made at any time directly to Murdoch using our online application system.

If you don’t currently meet our admission requirements, we have a range of enabling pathways, including our free enabling courses, which will qualify you to apply for any Murdoch undergraduate degree that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70.


Study options

Depending on your chosen course, we offer flexible study options including full-time or part-time and on-campus or online.

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