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.

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

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.

Forensic program only: 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.

Please also read the information below this table about registration as a provisional psychologist.

2020 Clinical Interview Period: Friday, 4 December only

2020 Forensic Assessment Centre: Thursday, 26 November 2020 (and only if necessary, Friday, 4 December 2020)

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

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.

Combined PhD/Master of Psychology (Forensic)


*Exceptions may be possible in limited circumstances.

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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