Overview

Forensic psychology involves the intersection of psychology and law. Over two years of the Master of Psychology (Forensic), you will study courses that cover psychological assessment, intervention in and applications of forensic psychology, professional and ethical practice, and law for psychologists. This program is primarily taught by the School of Psychology, with input from the School of Law.In addition to the coursework you will complete a research thesis, in the form of a scholarly journal article, on a topic relevant to forensic psychology. After completing a further two years of full-time equivalent supervised practice, graduates of the Master program are eligible to apply for full membership and endorsement as a Forensic Psychologist.

Program Code

8257

CRICOS Code

028068E

Total units of credit (UOC)

96

Campus

Kensington

Indicative Enrolments

26

Why choose this degree?

If you intend to become qualified as a forensic psychologist, this well-respected and cross-disciplinary degree is your pathway to accreditation.

Who should choose this degree?

Students who have completed an accredited four-year degree in psychology, including a research thesis, choose this degree to progress to practise as a forensic psychologist.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Policy

Accreditation / Professional Recognition

This is an APAC-accredited 5th and 6th year sequence of study in Psychology. This program is the third (final) step on the pathway to becoming a registered professional psychologist (Psychology Board of Australia). Completion of this program can also lead to full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Associate Membership of the relevant APS College. Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Entry requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is completion of an accredited four-year, or three-year plus a fourth year, APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, including a major research thesis, completed within the last 10 years with Honours Class 1 (85%), or Upper Second Class Honours (75%) or their equivalents.Psychology qualifications from overseas must include a major research thesis/project and must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as comparable to a four-year APAC-accredited sequence of study in psychology completed in Australia.As the number of places available each year is limited, entry into the program is competitive. Selection is based on academic qualifications, two referee reports, and performance at an Assessment Centre. Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend the Assessment Centre, and the Assessment Centre must be attended in person.

Applicants should refer to the School of Psychology's How to Apply page for more detail about the application procedure and requirements.Registration as a Provisional PsychologistEnrolled students must register as provisional psychologists prior to program commencement. Registration must be maintained for the duration of their enrolment.Applicants should familiarise themselves with the relevant Registration Standards for the psychology profession. The requirements of these standards must be met before an application for registration as a provisional psychologist can be approved.All applicants, domestic and international, are encouraged to use AHPRA's Pathways diagram for all professions (under 'Additional resources') to guide their understanding of the Registration Standard: English Language Skills.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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Fees

Indicative First Year Fee

$31,200^*

Indicative Fee to Complete Degree

$65,310^*

^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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