Entry Requirements

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. This Registration Standard is the basis for the program’s English language requirements.

Further Information

Prospective applicants should review the School’s Frequently Asked Questions, Program Guides, or contact the School.

Program Name

UNSW Code

Minimum Academic Entry Requirements

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

8256

An APAC-accredited four-year, or three-year plus a fourth year, 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.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Invitations are usually made on a rolling basis from around mid-November and in some instances may be made with only a few days' notice. Interviews are typically held during the last week of November and/or the first week of December.

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

Master of Psychology (Forensic)

8257

An APAC-accredited four-year, or three-year plus a fourth year, 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 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.

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.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a half-day Assessment Centre. Invitations are usually made on a rolling basis from around mid-November and in some instances may be made with only a few days' notice. The Assessment Centre is typically held during the last week of November and/or the first week of December, and shortlisted applicants should anticipate having to travel to UNSW (Kensington campus) to attend the Assessment Centre in person.

* Exceptions may be possible in limited circumstances.

 Information current at: April 2021