The Master of Psychology program provides you with the training, skills and knowledge required to practise competently and confidently within the psychological profession, specialising in one of four areas.

You will undertake a combination of coursework, research, and a series of supervised placements.

Our academic staff are leaders in their fields within Australia and draw from extensive experience in both research and professional practice. You will apply your skills and knowledge through a diverse range of placements that are generously hosted by a range of institutions within the South-East Queensland community.

You will be taught core content (e.g., assessment and intervention skills, ethical issues), as well as undertaking specialist study in one of the following areas:

Upon completion of the degree you will be eligible for general registration as a psychologist and to complete the two year psychology registrar program for endorsement in your specialist area with the Psychology Board of Australia.

The Master of Psychology may be combined with a research PhD degree for those wishing to pursue an applied research career in academia or clinical practice. The two degrees take approximately four and half years. Upon completion of the Master in Psychology/PhD you will be eligible for general registration as a psychologist and to complete an 18 month psychology registrar program in your specialist area with the Psychology Board of Australia. To discuss concurrent enrolment please contact

Find out more about the Master of Psychology on the Study at UQ website, and read more about the application process.


The principles of the Master of Psychology

There are a number of principles around which the Master of Psychology is organised and that are common to all areas of specialisation:

  • The Master of Psychology is a professional practice program in which it is ‘Psychologist First – Specialty Second’.
  • The program respects and upholds of the diversity of the psychology profession.
  • The program is based on integrative approaches in theory, practice and research.
  • The program advocates holistic, person-driven and responsive approaches.
  • The program encourages Interprofessional respect and the building of interprofessional relationships.
  • The program emphasises the importance of self-reflection and self-awareness.
  • Strengths-based approaches are encouraged in the program.
  • The program develops expertise in treatment but also offers has a strong emphasis on prevention, promotion and early intervention.
  • The program is founded on all elements of evidence-based practice: evidence and empirically supported treatments, the development of clinical wisdom and importance of the contextualisation of the client.

What our students say

Sam"I completed my Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at UQ and knew I wanted to come back and complete postgraduate study here. I specialised in Health as the combination of psychology and public health appealed to me and it has been really interesting to learn about how a person’s physical health and mental health impact on one another. The course coordinators offer lots of support which has been really helpful. A highlight so far has been undertaking my practical placement at the UQ Psychology Clinic and getting to experience the practical side of being a psychologist."