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Master of Psychology

Course structure

The course consists of six coursework subjects and one dissertation

Coursework Subjects

PSY523 Problems Emerging during Childhood and Adolescence (24 points)

PSY531 Adult Mental Health (24 points)

PSY524 Research Methods

PSY525 Human Neuropsychology (16 points)

PSY526 The Forensic Psychologist in Practice (16 points)

or

PSY527 The Clinical Psychologist in Practice (16 points)

PSY528 Introduction to Clinical Psychology or

PSY529 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Dissertation

Normally students in the forensic psychology stream will carry out a study related to forensic psychology. Those in the clinical stream will carry out a study relevant to clinical psychology.

DE students enrol in

PSY530 Masters Dissertation (32 points)

Internal students enrol in

PSY500 PsychologyMasters Dissertation (32 points)

Exit-Point Only Award

Students who successfully complete all coursework subjects (96 points), but not the dissertation component (PSY530 or PSY500), will be eligible to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology (if PSY528 and PSY527 are passed) or Postgraduate Diploma of Forensic Psychology (if PSY529 and PSY526 are passed)

Enrolment pattern

Part-time

Year 1 (Autumn and Spring)

PSY531 Adult Mental Health (24 points)

PSY528 Introduction to Clinical Psychology or

PSY529 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Year 2 (Autumn and Spring)

PSY523 Problems Emerging during Childhood and Adolescence (24 points)

PSY524 Research Methods

Year 3 (Autumn and Spring)

PSY525 Human Neuropsychology (16 points)

PSY530 Masters Dissertation (32 points) (commenced)

Year 4 (Autumn and Spring)

PSY526 The Forensic Psychologist in Practice (16 points)

or

PSY527 The Clinical Psychologist in Practice (16 points)

PSY530 Masters Dissertation (completed)

Full-time

Year 1 (Autumn and Spring)

PSY528 Introduction to Clinical Psychology or

PSY529 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

PSY531 Adult Mental Health (24 points)

PSY523 Problems Emerging during Childhood and Adolescence (24 points)

PSY524 Research Methods

Year 2 (Autumn and Spring)

PSY525 Human Neuropsychology (16 points)

PSY526 The Forensic Psychologist in Practice (16 points)

or

PSY527 The Clinical Psychologist in Practice (16 points)

PSY500 Psychology Masters Dissertation (32 points)

Note: All subjects extend across two sessions except the dissertation in DE mode, which is taken over four sessions.

Admission to higher course

The coursework subjects in the Master of Psychology are the same as those in the first two-thirds of the Doctor of Psychology, and credit is available for these subjects for students transferring to the Doctorate. However, students wishing to transfer from the Masters degree to the Doctorate should ensure this transfer is effected at the end of the second year of the Masters program for DE students, and at the end of the first year for Internal students. The reason for this is that whilst the dissertation in both the Master degree and the Doctorate commence at the same point in each course (depending upon mode), in the Masters program it is a 32 point dissertation taken over one year (Internal) or two years (DE), whereas for the DPsych it is a 64 point dissertation over two years (Internal) or four years (DE).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Master of Psychology provides four-year trained psychologists with the opportunity to upgrade their qualifications, knowledge and skills. This course offers both a clinical and a forensic strand.

CSU's Master of Psychology aims to provide specialist training in clinical and forensic psychology, with a specific focus on the needs of rural and remote communities. In addition, it aims to instil an awareness of the importance of research in the development of professional psychology, and develop skills to undertake this research.

The Master of Psychology aims to meet two needs: the need for better psychological services in rural Australia, and the need to provide training for those psychologists already working within applied settings and who wish to study part-time or by distance education.

The course is offered by distance education and involves coursework, a dissertation reporting the results of an empirical research project, and four professional placements. Three coursework subjects undertaken during the first three years of the course (PSY531 PSY523 and PSY525) have a significant forensic component but are primarily clinical in content. Subjects undertaken during the fourth year are either exclusively forensic (PSY526) or exclusively clinical (PSY527) in content. Subjects that provide an introduction to clinical psychology (PSY528) or forensic (PSY529) are undertaken in the first year, and provide an orientation to the Problem-Based Learning approach adopted throughout the course.

The course is structured to be completed part-time over four years, but may be completed in a shorter time if students are able to study full-time (i.e. if they do not have full-time work commitments).

Residential schools

In every session there will be a compulsory residential  school of between  three and five days'  duration. Autumn session residential schools will  be scheduled in either January/February, or  April/May, and Spring session   residential schools in September/October. In first year, students  attend  residential schools in  January/February for five days, and in September  for four days.

Access to allowances for study

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) now offers student income support to students undertaking study in a number of professionally-oriented Master by coursework degrees.

Eligible students undertaking approved Master degrees will be able to access Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Pensioner Education Supplement. To be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY, students will still need to be studying full-time and to satisfy all other Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY program requirements, including personal, parental or partner income tests.  Students who have queries about masters courses and their income support entitlements should contact Centrelink on 13 2490 for further information.

More information from DEEWR

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Bathurst

When

Session 1

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

4 years

International?

NO

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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