Master of Professional Psychology

Cairnmillar Institute

Course details

CRICOS course code: 092974F

Level of study: Masters Degrees


The Master of Professional Psychology prepares selected psychology graduates, who have successfully completed an APAC accredited fourth year course in psychology and are eligible for registration as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), to meet the core capabilities and attributes required to practice as a psychologist.

The aim of the course is to provide a general education in the professional practice of psychology, as the first year of the ‘5+1 pathway’ to general registration with AHPRA. Graduates are eligible to apply for a 6th year Internship. This fifth year has been designed specifically to meet APAC and PsyBA guidelines for such courses.

The eight competencies cover the knowledge and skills to research, analyse, articulate and synthesise psychology as a systematic body of knowledge. Students learn a range of evidence-based psychotherapies and interventions, ethical and professional practice considerations, and administration and interpretation of a range of psychological assessments. Professional experience is gained through 300 hours of supervised practicum which includes an agency placement, experiential workshops, and simulated learning opportunities.

Course Duration and Structure

This one year (5th year) full time program consists of 100 credit points. Students undertake a total of eight units of study consisting of five coursework (62.5 credit points or 62.5%), two placement units (25 credit points or 25%) and one research unit (12.5 credit points or 12.5%).

Year One

  • MPP502 Foundations in Psychological Assessment & Psychopathology
  • MPP501 Professional Practice Issues
  • MPP561 Practicum & Supervised Placement 1
  • MPP503 Advanced Skills in Psychological Assessment & Psychopathology
  • MPP562 Practicum & Supervised Placement 2
  • MPP504 Psychological Treatment Models
  • MPP550 Research Project/Needs Analysis

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of the degree, graduates will have completed extensive supervised field placements, undertaken individual and group supervision, developed proficient skills across the eight competencies, and have acquired the professional skills to meet the requirements for the ‘5+1 internship model’ for generalist registration as a psychologist.

Graduation from the Master of Professional Psychology (MPP) one year program allows application to complete the AHPRA 5+1 Internship year, which in turn leads to registration as a psychologist with Psychology Board of Australia. Graduates who have completed both qualifications will be able to graduate with both masters degrees, either individually or concurrently.

Cairnmillar offers the 6th Internship year in the Master of Professional Psychology Practice (MPPP) program. This 5+1 Double Masters program at Cairnmillar is currently unique. For information about the difference between Cairnmillar’s MPP and MPPP courses.

Excellent career opportunities are available in educational and developmental setting, private practice, forensic and organisational psychology, community health centres, schools, rehabilitation providers, human resources, and community health agencies.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
30,800 Per Year
Read moreMPP fee (5th year) Total: 30,800
20 Feb 2023 1 year
Full time
Cairnmillar Institute
391 - 393 Tooronga Road
Melbourne Victoria 3123

Entry criteria

Applicants must have successfully completed an (APAC) accredited fourth year course in psychology, and be eligible to hold provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Upon commencing the course, students must provide a copy of a current Police Check and a Working with Children Check.

International students must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum in each band of 7.


Cairnmillar Institute
391 - 393 Tooronga Road
Melbourne Victoria 3123
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