Entry Requirements

The School of Psychology is not accepting applications for either the Master of Psychology (Organisational) or the Combined PhD/Master of Psychology (Organisational) program for 2017. Should further information be required, please contact the School directly at psychology@unsw.edu.au.

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, the candidate should establish whether there is an academic in the School who is prepared to supervise them. To this end, the candidate should directly contact members of the School who appear to share their research interests.

The minimum entry requirements for the PhD, MSc and combined PhD/MPsychol programs are summarised in the table below.

Program Name

UNSW Code

Minimum Academic Entry Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

1400

An accredited four-year Bachelor degree with Honours Class 1 or high Class 2 in psychology from UNSW or from a university recognised by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC). Psychology qualifications from overseas must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as equivalent to an Australian four-year undergraduate degree. The degree must include a major research thesis.

Master of Science (Research)

2450

An accredited four-year Bachelor degree with Honours Class 2 in psychology from UNSW or from a university recognised by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC). Psychology qualifications from overseas must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as equivalent to an Australian four-year undergraduate degree. The degree must include a major research thesis.

Combined PhD/Master of Psychology (Clinical)

1404

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 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.

 

Combined PhD/Master of Psychology (Forensic)

1405

Registration as a provisional psychologist for Combined PhD/Master of Psychology students

Applicants MUST familiarise themselves with all Registration Standards developed by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The requirements of these standards must be met in order for AHPRA to approve an application for registration as a provisional psychologist.

ALL applicants should pay particular attention to AHPRA’s English Language Skills Registration Standard, and can use AHPRA's Pathways diagram for all professions, available under 'Additional resources', to help understand the standard’s requirements.

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