Professional Psychology - D6008

Professional Psychology

Professional entry master degree

The Master of Professional Psychology is a one year course designed to meet the requirements of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for a generalist fifth year in psychology.

The course prepares selected psychology graduates in advanced psychotherapeutic skills required for general registration as a psychologist. It develops your professional capability to apply the theoretical, research, assessment and therapeutic skills involved in psychology. Following graduation, you will be eligible to undertake one year of supervised generalist practice – you will then progress to full registration as a psychologist.

You will develop expertise in applying counselling theories and practices through your understanding of a range of evidence-based psychotherapies. You will learn core skills and theoretical concepts underpinning the therapeutic process and extend your practical knowledge in counselling interventions as you develop therapeutic relationships with a range of client groups.  You will acquire the skills to administer, score, interpret and report on a comprehensive range of psychological tests and assessments.

You will engage with the Australian Psychological Society (APS) code of ethics and explore ethical dilemmas to support your ethical practice in undertaking research, educational or professional roles in different workplaces.

You will be exposed to a range of techniques associated with promotion of wellbeing, symptom reduction and behavioural change. In addition, you will learn how to employ culturally sensitive interventions that have been shown to facilitate positive outcomes in a variety of contexts. You will learn how to utilise research in guiding your choice of therapeutic interventions and how to evaluate the outcomes of your intervention in practice.

You will gain professional experience through 300 hours of supervised professional experience activities through a mix of activities in the Faculty's onsite clinic and off-campus clinical placement activities.

On completion of the course, graduates will have acquired the necessary skills to prepare for a final year of supervised practice in the field for general registration under the '5+1 internship model' for registration. Graduates of the program arrange a Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) approved 1-year internship in settings of their choice.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Multi-modal at Clayton: Full time & part time

Multi-modal delivery is available for domestic students only and is designed to cause minimal disruption to your working life. The bulk of your studies will be completed online, with full-time students attending one compulsory 5-day intensive face-to-face workshop at the Clayton Campus, currently planned for July 2022. Part-time students will attend 2x 2.5 day intensive workshops (one per year of study).

  • 1 year (full time)
  • 2 years (part time)
Start date
First Semester (February)
Master of Professional Psychology
Course Handbook

Tune in to the Graduate Psychology online webinar

Listen to this webinar to learn about the varied course options and different pathways to becoming a registered Psychologist.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


A fourth year of psychology study from any course accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), which may be a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor's honours degree, with at least a high credit average in fourth year psychology.

These qualifications must have been completed within the last 10 years.

Applicants with international qualifications will need to have their qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

In addition, applicants must provide evidence of demonstrated suitability for work as a professional psychologist determined by completion of a supplementary form and satisfactory referee reports (one academic and one professional), relevant voluntary or paid work experience, and an interview.

For detailed application information and to access the required forms visit the How to apply for a Psychology course page.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Inherent requirements

To complete your degree, you will need to demonstrate that you have the abilities, knowledge, and skills to achieve specific core learning outcomes, these are called inherent requirements.

Find out more about inherent requirements for this course.

The course is structured in two parts: Part A. Applied academic studies in psychology and Part B. Professional experience in psychology.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code D6008

In addition to providing your academic transcripts you will be required to provide supporting documentation and submit references via the Postgraduate Reference System. See How to apply for a Psychology course for the details.


Applications for Semester 1, 2023 open on 5 August, 2022. Applications will close on 27 October, 2022. Your application will be assessed once applications are closed.

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

Fee information specific to this course

Domestic students in this course may apply for Austudy payments from Centrelink / the Department of Human Services. See the Austudy site for details.

*Additional eligibility criteria apply.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.