How to Apply

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 procedures scholarships, and tuition fees

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 Graduate Research School

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 (refer specifically to Step 3 here).

Important Note

If applying for a scholarship you are strongly encouraged to familiarise yourself 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 GRS or the Postgraduate Coordinators for the School.

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

Intake
Term 1 only (Academic Calendar)

Application Deadline
31 October each year

2019 Clinical Interview Period: Monday, 25 November through Friday, 29 November (inclusive)
2019 Forensic Assessment Centre: Tuesday, 26 November 2019. In-person attendance is a requirement for program admission. Invitations to attend may be made up until a few days prior.

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 the 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/.

Important Notes

  • If applying for a scholarship you are strongly encouraged to familiarise yourself 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 GRS.

  • Applicants must have completed an accredited four-year sequence in psychology within 10 years of their expected commencement in the Master of Psychology. 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.

  • Applicants interested in both research and a stand-alone Master of Psychology (coursework) program should submit a coursework application in addition to their research application.

Further Information

Research component (PhD): Contact 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 email psychology@unsw.edu.au.

For enquiries relating to the UNSW Apply Online service, please contact the GRS.

 Information current at: March 2019

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