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.

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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 Recogntion

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 Psychologist

Enrolled 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 and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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