How to Apply


Please only submit ONE research application. Applicants interested in a Combined program AND a stand-alone PhD should submit ONLY a Combined application. Applicants interested in both Combined programs should submit ONLY a Combined Forensic application.

This page contains information specific to the School of Psychology. Research applicants must also refer to the website of the Graduate Research School (GRS) for more detailed information about general research application proceduresscholarships, and tuition fees.

Please note that the School does not have specific requirements for a research proposal/research description. Applicants can be guided both by the general information published in the Document Submission Guidelines and advice from their potential supervisor.

PhD and Master of Science (Research)

Intake:Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 (Academic Calendar)
Application Deadline: Refer to the Key Dates published by the GRS

How to Apply

  1. Establish supervision
    Applicants must establish if supervision is available within the School by contacting academics whose research interests coincide with their own. This is to occur before an application is submitted.

    An academic’s willingness and ability to supervise is not a guarantee of admission.

    Applications must be approved by the School and the GRS, and an applicant for whom supervision is not available cannot be admitted.

  2. Apply for admission
    Use the UNSW Apply Online service to submit the application and upload the compulsory supporting documents (see Step 3 here).

Important

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the key scholarship dates, as scholarship application deadlines may fall before the admission application deadline.  Questions about scholarships should be directed to the GRS.

Enquiries
Contact the Admissions and Scholarships team at the GRS or the Postgraduate Coordinators for the School (scroll down to Science).

Combined PhD/Master of Psychology (Clinical) and (Forensic) 

Intake: Term 1 only (Academic Calendar)
Application Deadline: 31 October each year
2021 Clinical Interview Period: TBC, likely to be late November/early December
2021 Forensic Assessment Centre: Friday, 26 November 2021 (and only if necessary, Friday, 3 December 2021)

How to Apply

  1. Read this step-by-step guide to apply for a Combined PhD/Master of Psychology program.

  2. Complete a Supplementary Application Form to attach to your application.

  3. Ask TWO referees to submit their references - directly to the School - using a reference-management service provided by HODSPA (Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Australia). More information about this service can be found at https://www.psychologyreference.org/ (registration required, fee applicable).

Important Notes

  • Applicants should familiarise themselves with the key scholarship dates, as scholarship application deadlines may fall before the admission application deadline (31 October).  Questions about scholarships should be directed to the Admissions and Scholarships team at the GRS.

  • Applicants must have completed an APAC accredited four-year sequence in psychology (or international equivalent) within 10 years of their expected commencement. Exceptions may be possible in limited circumstances.

  • International psychology qualifications must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) before an application is submitted.  Note that the APS will only assess complete qualifications.

  • 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.

  • Applicants wishing to be considered for BOTH a Combined program AND a stand-alone Master program must submit ONE research (Combined) application and ONE coursework (Master) application.

  • Applicants interested in a Combined program AND a stand-alone PhD should submit ONLY a Combined application.

  • Applicants interested in both Combined programs should submit ONLY a Combined Forensic application

Further Information

Research component (PhD): Contact the Admissions and Scholarships team at the GRS or the Postgraduate Coordinators for the School.

Coursework component (Master of Psychology): Prospective applicants should review the School’s Frequently Asked Questions, Program Guides, or contact the School.

Information current at: April 2021