Master of Professional Psychology
Why Choose ISN:
Flexible coursework options available live online or face-to-face, with recorded sessions
Expert lectures by our experienced clinicians, with the addition of engaging guest lectures with real-world experience
Over 15 psychologists on staff, majority with clinical endorsement
Practical professional skills training at our clinic facilities with live online practicum component options for interstate based students or those unable to come to our clinic*.
Extensive practicum individual and group supervision
Research report without data collection to focus on critical thinking, analytical skills, and self-directed learning
Opportunity to transition into Master or Doctor of Psychology programs for eligible high-achieving students after the first semester. Such students can seek to apply for articulation, thanks to identical first-semester coursework in pre-practice units across our postgraduate programs
Live online refers to real-time, interactive sessions conducted through our digital platforms, where students and instructors can engage, communicate, and participate in activities from remote locations using the internet. This flexible learning approach aims to accommodate various learning styles and commitments. Students have access to course content and can actively engage in learning experiences regardless of their location, enhancing the overall educational experience.
*Our teaching model ensures equitable learning experiences for all students, offering a blend of in-person and live online practicum components. We encourage students who can attend in-person at ISN Clinic in Kew to do so to foster opportunities for direct face to face experience, while still providing live online options to undertake practicum training for those who are interstate-based or unable to come to campus. This approach maintains a high-quality and engaging educational experience for everyone, regardless of their location.
The Master of Professional Psychology provides your fifth year sequence in psychology. Course work in this one year full time program consists of course work, practical placement and research components. This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Coursework will provide students with the ground work and professional skills in psychology needed to commence their internship. Professional skills in psychology will be fostered through our new facility in Kew and where students can engage in skill development. Interstate students can also join our clinical practice activities live -online through our integrated webex systems.
Within the program, students will undertake a research report without the need for data collection, concentrating on developing critical thinking and analytical skills crucial for psychologists in real-world scenarios. Our priority is to encourage professional growth through self-directed learning, empowering you to explore your interests and refine your skills.
In addition to enhancing your professional skills, our program presents an opportunity for eligible students to transition into the Master of Psychology or Doctor of Psychology program upon completion of the first semester. With an identical coursework structure during the first semester for pre-practice units, high-achieving students can apply to articulate and may be granted entry into theses programs, expanding career opportunities.
Graduates of the Master of Professional Psychology (having completed their 5th year of the 5+1 pathway) must complete an additional one year of approved supervised professional practice (internship) and then pass the national psychology exam to obtain full general registration as a psychologist with AHPRA.
Prospective students who have completed a four year, APAC accredited* sequence in psychology are eligible to apply for a place in the Master of Professional Psychology at ISN.
The minimum academic entry requirement is the completion of an APAC accredited 4th year of study with a minimum credit weighted average equivalence. Entry is competitive and requires consideration of academic results, relevant experience, and the outcome of interviews/assessments.
Applicants must be eligible for registration as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).
Successful candidates will be required to apply for provisional registration and provide a police check, working with children check and evidence of appropriate professional indemnity insurance and/or APS membership as part of the enrolment process.
In addition to achieving PsyBA provisional registration through AHPRA prior to practicum, students will be required to maintain this registration throughout the course as required by APAC.
Candidates must meet minimum English language proficiency standards for entry to the Master of Professional Psychology. This will require that candidates have successfully completed a 4th year APAC accredited psychology degree (or demonstrated English equivalency).
Permanent residency students and/or students who have obtained their qualifications from overseas, in addition to providing their APS documentation for equivalency, need to demonstrate appropriate International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. An overall minimum of 7.0 with no band less than 7 is expected.
(*Students who completed their undergraduate studies overseas but meet the domestic student criteria can apply for this course. ISN requires evidence of course equivalence in the form of an APS assessment document for all international qualifications)
Applicants will be ranked on the basis of academic merit (based on the transcripts provided), previous work experience and/or training, academic and professional referee reports.
Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview/assessment and scores will be derived during this process to select candidates for the program.
Domestic students with Australian citizenship or Permanent Residency rights (or New Zealand Citizenship) can apply.
ISN cannot currently accept applications for international students.
More Information on Course Structure and Fees
Course Structure, Fees for 2024 and further information are indicated in the course handbook linked below:
ISN Psychology is a FEE HELP approved provider. Tuiton fees are payable upfront or through FEE HELP for eligible students.
Census Dates for each Semester are outlined in our Key Dates Page.
For more information about tuition fees please contact us (03) 9008 1600
Applications Open for 2024
Upon acceptance of the offer (or prior to the beginning of the enrolment period for enrolled students undertaking a course degree sequence), students will be required to indicate any prior learning to be considered as credit towards the degree and whether the student wishes to apply for any disability assistance. Credit will be determined based on a a pro-rata basis with 100 credit points equivalent to 1 full year of tuition fees.
Based on the information provided in the acceptance, enrolment forms will be issued where students will be able to verify enrolled course degree units and the cost of units will be outlined together with payment options. Students will have unto census date to withdraw from units enrolled before incurring any fees.
Students can pay up-front for their fees, or apply for FEE-HELP. FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists eligible fee paying students to pay all or part of their tuition fees. See: http://studyassist.gov.au.
For full information on our fee structure, fee credit and refund policy, please see Section E of ISN's Policy and Procedure Manual.