Entry Requirements

The admission of applicants as candidates for the PhD, MSc, or combined PhD/MPsychol programs at UNSW is dependent on three key considerations:

  1. Whether the applicant has the required academic qualifications;
  2. Whether appropriate research supervision is available for the applicant; and
  3. Whether the necessary resources are available or can be provided to support the research proposed by the applicant.

Before applying for admission, applicants must establish if supervision is available within the School by contacting academics whose research interests coincide with their own.

The minimum entry requirements for the PhD, MSc and combined PhD/MPsychol programs are summarised in the table below.

Program Name


Minimum Academic Entry Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


A Bachelor degree with Honours Class 1, or Upper Second Class Honours, in psychology from UNSW, or an equivalent qualification from a tertiary institution, as determined by the Faculty Higher Degree Committee (HDC).

Master of Science (Research)


A Bachelor degree with Second Class Honours in psychology from UNSW, or an equivalent qualification from a tertiary institution, as determined by the Faculty Higher Degree Committee (HDC).

Combined PhD/Master of Psychology (Clinical)


An accredited four year, or three year plus a fourth year, APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, including a major research thesis, completed within the last 10 years* with Honours Class 1 (85%) or equivalent.

Psychology qualifications from overseas must include a major research thesis/project and must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as comparable to a four-year APAC-accredited sequence of study in psychology completed in Australia.

2018 Clinical Interview Period: TBC

2018 Forensic Assessment Centre: Tuesday, 4 December 2018. In-person attendance is a requirement for program admission. Invitations to attend may be made up until a few days prior.

Feel free to contact the School for further information (psychology@unsw.edu.au).

Combined PhD/Master of Psychology (Forensic)


*Exceptions may be possible in limited circumstances, guided by the APAC Rules & Standards June 2010.

Registration as a provisional psychologist for Combined PhD/Master of Psychology students

  • Enrolled students must register as provisional psychologists prior to program commencement. Registration must be maintained for the duration of their enrolment.
  • Applicants should familiarise themselves with the relevant Registration Standards for the psychology profession. The requirements of these standards must be met before an application for registration as a provisional psychologist can be approved.
  • All applicants, domestic and international, are encouraged to use AHPRA’s Pathways diagram for all professions (under ‘Additional resources’) to guide their understanding of the Registration Standard: English Language Skills.

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