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Master of Applied Psychology + Doctor of Philosophy (MAppPsych+PhD)

  • D1067DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
  • M1156MASTER OF APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • M1157MASTER OF APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY IN ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

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Title Master of Applied Psychology + Doctor of Philosophy (MAppPsych+PhD)
Course Code D1067; M1156; M1157
Study Level Master's by Coursework + Doctorate by Research (Graduate)
Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Professor Peter Drummond | Email: P.Drummond@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2415

Qualification Master of Applied Psychology (MAppPsych) + Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This combined course is offered to students wishing to combine professional training at Master's level in Clinical or Organisational Psychology with compatible research at the PhD level. It combines a thorough professional training in the chosen area of specialisation with the high level of research training associated with doctoral-level studies.

The course allows students to fulfil the requirements of both the relevant Masters degree and the PhD. Students who have a strong academic record demonstrating particular strength in their area of research may be considered for entry.

Candidates will normally complete the full first year of the Masters course before going on to enrol in the PhD for the second, third and fourth years. Students are exempted from the Masters thesis requirement and normally complete a 12-point external placement unit concurrently with the PhD commitment. Whilst candidates are advised to complete the first year of the Masters course in advance of beginning the PhD, it is possible to begin with the latter.

There are two Masters courses available: in Clinical Psychology and in Organisational Psychology. Coursework is selected and placements organised according to the area of specialisation. The topic of the PhD must relate to the area of specialisation.

This professionally accredited course adheres to a scientist-practitioner model which stresses a systematic problem-solving approach. Its objective is to prepare psychologists who are skilled in individual casework and can apply their skills and knowledge to prevention, research, development, and evaluation at the individual, organisational and system levels. It is a professional qualification in Applied Psychology leading to employment in the health, educational, occupational, ergonomic and community areas, which meets international standards. The course also develops students to be expert researchers in their chosen area of specialisation.
This course requires students to undertake work-based training through a compulsory work-based placement as part of their studies.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Entry to the program is very competitive and to be accepted into the course applicants must have successfully completed a four year, or three year plus a fourth year, APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, within the last 10 years, with an upper second class Honours (2A) or equivalent overall mark. Applicants must be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) as a provisional psychologist. An exception to this may be made for currently registered psychologists who can demonstrate current compliance with Registration Board CPD requirements.

Students with overseas qualifications who are accepted into the course must ensure that their undergraduate qualifications meet the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) for equivalence to a four-year APAC Accredited Australian degree in Psychology. All successful applicants must be registered from the start of their higher degree as a provisional psychologist.

The admission process includes both application and interview.

In order to gain admission to this program, students must satisfy the Psychology Board of Australia English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language. For more details on this, see
http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Registration/Overseas-Applicants.aspx
Applicants must apply simultaneously for entry to both the MAppPsych and the PhD. Unsuccessful applicants for both courses may still be considered for entry to either course on its own. Candidates enrolled in the first year of the MAppPsych may apply for transfer into this course.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0.
Special Requirements Graduate students must be registered from the start of their higher degree as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia within the first two weeks of commencing the program. As many agencies require all staff working with their clients to have police clearance, applicants are required to obtain a Federal police clearance (which will include WA clearance). In addition, if working with children, a separate screening by the Department of Community Development is required. Any agency will only be seeking information about behaviours that may place vulnerable clients at risk. The applicant meets the cost of these clearances. Please note that some organisations providing professional placements may require students to provide full immunisation records. Applicants must be in a position to provide these records if required.
Employment Prospects On graduation from this course, students will be highly employable in a wide variety of areas, including private practice as a registered psychologist, and working in various public and private sector agencies in areas such as health, community development, justice, education, and disabilities.
Professional Recognition The course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and is recognised as such by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). Graduates will be eligible for direct registration as psychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia.
Other Facilities and Services Murdoch University has both a specialist child Psychology Clinic and an adult Psychology Clinic and the Organisational Psychology Consulting Service to act as practical training facilities and community services.
Additional Progress Rules A student who fails more than one unit,or one unit more than once, shall be excluded from the course
Further Information School of Psychology and Exercise Science web site
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Clinical Psychology

Course Structure - 96 credit points

First Year - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

PSY662 Psychological Assessment: Theory and Method - 3 points
MURDOCH: Y-internal

PSY664 Clinical Psychology: Working with Children and Families - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY565 Clinical Psychology: Working with Adults - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY502 Clinical Psychology: Working with Health Problems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY567 Clinical Psychology: Neurodevelopmental & Neuropsychological Disorders Across the Lifespan - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY669 Psychotherapy in Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: Y-internal

PSY537 Clinical Psychology: Internal Practicum (Child, Youth and Family) - 3 points
MURDOCH: H-placement, SUM-placement, Y-placement

PSY538 Clinical Psychology: Internal Practicum (Adult) - 3 points
MURDOCH: H-placement, SUM-placement, Y-placement

Second, Third and Fourth Years

Students are required to enrol concurrently in PSY755 Psychology: Advanced Research Methods with their first enrolment in PSY920 Research Studies -- Psychology.

PSY920 Research Studies -- Psychology

PSY755 Psychology: Advanced Research Methods - 0 points
MURDOCH: Y-internal

PSY604 Clinical Psychology: External Practicum - 12 points
MURDOCH: S1-placement, S2-placement, SUM-placement, Y-placement

Organisational Psychology

Course Structure - 96 credit points

First Year - 24 credit points

Core Units - 21 credit points

PSY563 Professional Practice and Organisational Consulting - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY565 Clinical Psychology: Working with Adults - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY568 Human Resources - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

PSY662 Psychological Assessment: Theory and Method - 3 points
MURDOCH: Y-internal

PSY552 Organisation of Work - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external

PSY570 Organisational Psychology: Practicum I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY612 Work and Well-being - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

MBS539 Accounting for Managers - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external

MBS537 Strategic Marketing Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

MBS546 Business Finance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external

EDN546 Dynamics of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace and the Community - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Second, Third and Fourth Years

Students must enrol in PSY755 Psychology: Advanced Research Methods concurrently with their first enrolment in PSY920 Research Studies -- Psychology.

PSY920 Research Studies -- Psychology

PSY755 Psychology: Advanced Research Methods - 0 points
MURDOCH: Y-internal

PSY603 Organisational Psychology: Practicum II - 12 points
MURDOCH: S1-placement, S2-placement, SUM-placement, Y-placement

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