How to become a psychologist
In order to practice as a psychologist you must meet the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia. The academic requirement for registration is a university degree including four years progressive study in psychology.
On completion of this degree, a graduate may register as a provisional psychologist. The further requirement for full registration is either 480 full-time days of supervised psychological work while registered as a provisional psychologist, or completion of an appropriate masters or doctoral degree including practical experience as a provisional psychologist.
By satisfying Victorian registration, students will comply with the registration requirements of other states in Australia.
Membership of the Australian Psychological Society
To qualify for full membership of the Australian Psychological Society, you must compete at least an APAC-accredited six year sequence of study in psychology, that is, completion of a four-year accredited program plus a further two years of postgraduate training in an accredited masters or doctoral program in psychology. Students enrolled in a psychology program accredited by APAC are eligible for student membership
Beginning your journey at the Monash School of Psychological Sciences
Undergraduate degrees: At Monash University students complete an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited undergraduate psychology major in accredited degrees. This accredited major comprises 10 units of psychology (totalling 60 credit points), which are taken together with studies from other disciplines. Students must meet the prerequisites and selection procedures for the degree in which they wish to enrol.
Graduates from other disciplines looking to become a psychologist: If you have completed an undergraduate degree that is not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), you may be eligible to undertake the online Graduate Diploma in Psychology as a graduate pathway to a fourth year in psychology.
Our Psychology Honours program
Students who have completed a 3-year psychology sequence (e.g. as part of a BA or BSci) will need to undertake a fourth year honours program or online Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced in order to proceed to postgraduate study in Psychology.
Our PhD program
The Monash PhD provides leading edge professional development that will enhance research capabilities and equip candidates with the necessary training skills to fulfil their career ambitions beyond their degree.
Our Postgraduate professional psychology degrees
Our graduate programs (or research degrees) provide every student with a dynamic training and learning environment with world-class researchers and state-of-the-art resources and facilities.
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