Entry Requirements

Prospective MPsychol (Forensic) applicants please note: The School aims to run the Assessment Centre for the 2021 intake in late November or early December 2020. Under normal circumstances, in-person attendance would be mandatory. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the attendance mode/s for the Assessment Centre will be determined in due course, as circumstances allow.

The minimum entry requirements for the Master of Psychology programs are summarised in the table below. Please also review the Frequently Asked Questions, available from the menu on the right-hand side of this page.

Registration as a provisional psychologist

  • 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.

If further information is required, please contact the School:
Current students: submit a webform
Prospective students: email the School of Psychology

Program Name

UNSW Code

Minimum Academic Entry Requirements

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

8256

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.

2020 Clinical Interview Period: TBC

Note: Priority will be given to applicants for the Combined PhD/MPsychol (Clinical) program.

Master of Psychology (Forensic)

8257

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 Upper Second Class Honours (75%) or their equivalents.

Psychology qualifications from overseas 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 and include a major research thesis/project.

While work experience is not an admission requirement, applicants with employment histories will be positively regarded. An applicant’s employment history does not necessarily need to include clinically- or forensically-relevant experience; a track record of employment could indicate an applicant’s familiarity with team environments (or, conversely, autonomous work), working to deadlines, managing stressful situations, dealing with the public, and any number of other skills.

Applicants must also attend an Assessment Centre, in person, at UNSW Kensington Campus. The timing of the Assessment Centre varies each year, but is usually in the last week or November or the first week of December.

The 2020 Assessment Centre date is yet to be confirmed. Invitations to attend are likely to be made on an ongoing basis and will continue to be made in the days leading up to the date it will be held. Shortlisted applicants should anticipate having to travel to UNSW (Kensington campus) for a five-hour assessment process. In-person attendance at the Assessment Centre is a requirement for program admission, and it is not possible to attend remotely.

* Exceptions may be possible in limited circumstances.

 Information current at April 2020

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