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Master of Professional Psychology

Course Description

The Master of Professional Psychology is the fifth year of a 5+1 internship program comprising coursework, research training and practical placements. The course provides preparation for progression to a one-year PsyBA-approved internship program through the development of professional skills, in tandem with theoretical and empirical knowledge, in line with the scientist-practitioner model. Research training including the ability to critically assess and apply research findings to inform evidence-based professional practice is also provided.
On successful completion of the Master of Professional Psychology, graduates will be eligible to undertake a sixth year (the +1 year) of practical training. The one-year supervised practice internship which leads to general registration is arranged and developed independently and must be approved by the Psychology Board of Australia.

Career Outcomes
Graduates who subsequently successfully complete a one-year PsyBA-approved internship program will be eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

Professional Recognition
This course meets the current standards for accreditation by the Australian Accreditation Council (APAC). Under the guidelines for accreditation of new courses, APAC accreditation will be sought in the first year of the program.

Learning Outcomes
The key learning outcomes for the course are:
*advanced knowledge of values and ethics in psychology and the ability to apply that knowledge in professional practice
*advanced knowledge and skills in psychological assessment and skills in the ethical use of psychological tests;
*achievement of competence in APAC Foundation Competencies for Psychology Interns
*ability to critically assess and apply research findings to inform evidence-based professional practice
*knowledge of the current version of the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce

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An assessment of personal suitability for professional training will be made on the basis of an interview with a selection panel, relevant experience and at least two confidential academic referee reports.
Successful applicants will also need to meet the Faculty of Health requirements for students undertaking Professional Experience Placements (PEPs) as part of their course to meet the 'capacity to practice safely' pre-PEP conditions determined by legislative, University policy and professional body requirements. [http://www.utas.edu.au/health/professional-experience-placement/safety-in-practice-kit].

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications http://www.utas.edu.au/international/how-to-apply/entry-requirements/equivalent-undergraduate-entry-requirements-by-country .

English Language Requirements
International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.
For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided.
Alternatively, applicants can provide evidence that English has been the sole medium of instruction and examination in their most recent studies, for a minimum of 2 years, and within the last 24 months. Academic transcripts and a letter from your institution will be required.

International students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements http://www.utas.edu.au/international/how-to-apply/entry-requirements/general-admission-requirements .

Entry Requirements

Completion of an APAC-Accredited AQF Level 8 program of study in psychology within the last 10 years, together with eligibility for registration with the PBA as a provisional psychologist. Applicants must have attained an average of 70% across their psychology subjects in years 3 and 4 of their APAC accredited undergraduate training. International applicants will need to have achieved a GPA equivalent to a Distinction average in their Honours year or fourth year of undergraduate study together with a minimum IELTS score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

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