How to Apply

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.

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.

PhD [1400] and Master of Science (Research) [2450]

Intake
Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Academic Calendar)

Application Deadline
Approximately one month prior to Week 1 of each semester

How to Apply
1. Establish supervision
Prior to submitting a formal application applicants must establish if supervision is available within the School by contacting academics whose research interests coincide with their own.

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 documentation (refer specifically to Step 3 here).

Important Notes

  • Applicants are encouraged to check scholarship-specific deadlines as these may occur earlier than the standard application deadline.
  • International psychology qualifications must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) before an application is submitted. Note the APS will only assess complete qualifications.

Enquiries
Contact the GRS or the Postgraduate Coordinator for the School.

Combined PhD/Master of Psychology (Clinical) [1404] and (Forensic) [1405]

Intake
Semester 1 only (Academic Calendar)

Application Deadline
31 October each year

How to Apply
Follow the School’s step-by-step guide to apply for a Combined PhD/Master of Psychology program.

Applicants must submit a Supplementary Application Form with their application.

Two references are required for each applicant. These references are completely different to any references required for scholarship purposes. Applicants may choose between two submission methods, as below.

  1. Ask each referee to complete a Referee Report Form and email it directly to the School.

    OR

  2. Ask each referee to complete an online referee report via The Australian Psychology Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System (see below).

The Australian Psychology Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System

  • Applicants require an active subscription to use the system, which will cost $25.
  • A subscription for the 2016-2017 selection round will be active from 1 August 2016 to 30 July 2017.
  • Applicants can subscribe at  http://www.psychologyreference.org.
  • Applicants nominate their referees and indicate the program/s and institution/s to which they will apply.
  • Referees create an account and complete one reference per applicant.
  • Applicants can control which institution/s will access each reference, and can track if a reference has been completed.
  • User Guides are available at http://psych.hosted-sites.deakin.edu.au/psych-reference-user-guide/story.html.

 Important Notes

  • Applicants are encouraged to check scholarship-specific deadlines as these may occur earlier than the standard application deadline.
  • Applicants must have completed an accredited four-year sequence in psychology within 10 years of their expected commencement in the Master of Psychology.
  • International psychology qualifications must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) before an application is submitted.  Note the APS will only assess complete qualifications.
  • Applicants should read the 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 before an application for registration as a provisional psychologist is approved.
  • English Language Skills Registration Standard: all applicants, domestic and international, should use AHPRA's Pathways diagram for all professions (aunder 'Additional resources') to guide their understanding of this standard’s requirements.
  • Students must be registered as a provisional psychologist before they commence a program, and must maintain their registration for the duration of their enrolment.
  • Applicants also considering pursuing a stand-alone Master of Psychology program should submit a coursework application in addition to their research application.

Enquiries
Research component (PhD or MSc): Contact the GRS or the Postgraduate Coordinator for the School.

Coursework component (Master of Psychology): Refer to the School’s Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Administrative Officer (Postgraduate Support).

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

For enquiries relating to coursework program content, or academic information, either refer to the Program Guides, the University Handbook, or contact the relevant Program Director as below.

Once an offer is accepted, a student must request enrolment and then apply for registration as a provisional psychologist as soon as possible.

Information current at: July 2016

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