Master of Psychology (Health)

Treat the whole person

Mental and physical health are inextricably connected. Health psychologists explore brain—body interactions with a view to improving client wellbeing. This requires advanced psychological skills and clinical expertise.

Our Master of Psychology (Health) is one of only two health psychology degrees currently available in Australia. It provides the professional knowledge needed to practise as a registered health psychologist.

What will you do?

  • Enjoy small class sizes with leading health psychologists and educators.
  • Learn about illness, disease, and the promotion and maintenance of health.
  • Study health care systems and policy.
  • Explore psychological factors that contribute to ill health.
  • Undertake three industry placements totalling over 1000 hours.
  • Network with future employers in mental health, health care and government settings.

Where could it take you?

Upon successful completion, you’ll be eligible to apply for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. You could design public health campaigns to prevent addiction, injury and illness. You might help people manage chronic pain or cope with diagnoses and medical treatments. Perhaps you’ll work to shift individual attitudes, beliefs and behaviours in the clinic. To gain endorsement, further postgraduate supervision is required. 

Note: Entry to this degree is competitive and strict quotas apply.

Master of Psychology students have the option to complete the Masters and a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) concurrently, and receive two parchments at completion of both degrees. The Master of Psychology can be in Clinical, Health or Organisation and Human Factors. See the related degrees section for more information.

This degree is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required.  If you are a continuing student in the degree and are unable to attend campus, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.

  • World Top 200 Psychology School*
  • 23% industry growth predicted by 2025^
  • Over 1000 hours of industry placements

* Occupation projection
^QS World University Ranking by Subject, 2021

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM087
Deferment No
Intake January
Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants MUST:
- be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a provisional psychologist
- provide two referee reports submitted through the HoDSPA (Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Australia) website at by no later than Monday 17 October 2022.
- provide details of relevant work experience and details of any published works via the submission of a comprehensive CV (Curriculum Vitae) within the SATAC application.

Closing date for applications is Monday 17 October 2022.
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Entry is available to graduates with a four-year qualification in Psychology or equivalent (including Honours with a minimum grade of Second Class, Division A and an individually-conducted research project carrying 33% or more of the year's work). The degree must meet the standards set out by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), including the accredited sequence in Psychology having been completed within the last 10 years.
Refer to if you have completed an Australian Degree and are unsure about the accreditation of your four-year qualification. Applicants who have an overseas Honours qualification should supply a certified copy of the assessment of their qualifications by the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and information about the research component of their qualifications. Information on having your qualification assessed by APS can be found at Students who undertake Honours in Psychology at an accredited Australian university do not need to have their qualifications assessed by APS.

In order to be considered for 2023 entry, applicants must have completed their four-year sequence in Psychology between 2013 and 2022. The ONLY exception to this is where applicants have completed their four-year sequence in Psychology before 2012 but have completed a PhD in Psychology between 2012 and 2022. A students' place in the program is contingent on being able to register as a Provisional Psychologist with AHPRA. If you are unable to obtain provisional registration, then you will be unable to continue in the program. The University of Adelaide accepts no responsibility should you be unable to obtain provisional registration after gaining entry to the program. If your four-year sequence in Psychology was completed more than 10 years ago, or you have any reason to believe your background may impact your ability to register, we encourage you to clarify your eligibility for registration with AHPRA -

Invitations to attend an interview will be extended based on a combination of academic performance and references.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM087
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander pathway
In order to be eligible for the alternate entry pathway to Master in Psychology, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and be able to provide Confirmation of Aboriginality or complete a statutory declaration
  2. Have successfully completed an APAC-accredited qualification that achieves foundational competencies and pre-professional competencies in Psychology (equivalent to an Honours degree in Psychology).
The process for this pathway is as follows:
  • complete the standard application through SATAC. When completing this application, indicate that you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • Admissions staff will liaise with Wirltu Yarlu staff to obtain Confirmation of Aboriginality or Statutory Declaration from the student.
  • Applicants who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and meet the minimum entry criteria for Master program will be considered for interview.
  • Assessment of suitability for professional training through the Master will be based upon interview performance, alongside other relevant information including referee reports.

Humanitarian Entry Pathway
Do you wish to be considered for the Humanitarian entry pathway? You can apply for this either alone or in addition to the main pathway. In order to be eligible, you must have originally entered Australia as a refugee. Please provide evidence in the form of a refugee/ Humanitarian visa by uploading it into your SATAC application within five days of submitting your application.

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $4,565

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Career Readiness

After graduation, students have the skills to assist people with mental health and chronic physical conditions and are highly sought after for roles in the public and private sector, or can choose to start their own practice. Health psychologists specialise in understanding the relationships between psychological factors and health and illness. Health psychologists practise in two main areas: health promotion and clinical health.

Health promotion

  • Development and provision of programs that assist with the prevention of illnesses such as heart attacks, stroke, cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, smoking-related-illness and dietary-related problems.
  • Linking up with other health professionals to understand what behaviours might be contributing to illness and how they might be changed, e.g. understanding why some people overeat or eat a high-fat diet.
  • Identifying how behaviour is linked with the development of disease and injury.
  • Designing public health education programs in areas such as exercise and alcohol, cigarette and drug consumption, e.g. 'SunSmart', 'Life. Be in it'.
  • Determining the distribution of disease and the health needs of communities within Australia.
  • Working with community members to improve their health.

 Clinical health

  • Developing therapy and education programs to help people cope with health issues such as weight management, cancer and heart health.
  • Using psychological treatment for problems that often accompany ill health and injury, such as anxiety, depression, pain, addiction, sleep and eating problems.
  • Understanding how psychological factors such as stress, depression and anxiety might be contributing to illness.
  • Helping people with the self-management of chronic illness.
  • Understanding how people cope with diagnosis and medical treatment of acute health problems and how they obtain medical care.
  • Understanding how people cope with terminal illness, including the impact of grief, bereavement, death and dying.
  • Identifying how the relationship between health professionals, such as doctors, nurses and psychologists, and their patients can influence how well they recover from illness and injury.
  • Helping people cope with trauma, disability and rehabilitation.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Industry Placement

Three unpaid practicum placements are arranged by and included in the program.

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Psychology (Health) is accredited by the Psychology Board of Australia.

Graduate registration

Upon successful completion of the degree, graduates are eligible to apply for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and find work in a wide variety of public and private settings. Further postgraduate supervision is required to become an endorsed health psychologist. 

Potential careers

Community Services Officer, Mental Health Worker, Health Psychologist, Psychologist

Degree Structure

This program commences in January of the first year of study. Students enrolled in full-time study will normally complete seven courses of study and one placement during the first year and two further placements and the research project during the second year. Placements consist of one in health promotion and two in clinical health psychology. The research thesis is in the form of a literature review and a research article of a specified length.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Indicative study plan
Year 1 PSYCHOL 7230 Evidence-based practice PSYCHOL 7231 Interviewing and Intervention PSYCHOL 7232 Psychological assessment PSYCHOL 7233 Abnormal Psychology PUB HLTH 7075 Introduction to Epidemiology PUB HLTH 7093 Promoting Health in Individuals and Populations PSYCHOL 7234 Health Psychology PSYCHOL 7241 Placement I
Year 2 PSYCHOL 7240 Placement II PSYCHOL 7244 Research project I PSYCHOL 7243 Placement III PSYCHOL 7245 Research
Project II


Coursework assessed by assignments and exams, placements assessed from reports by placement supervisor, and research report examined internally by two markers

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My confidence has grown immensely from each placement, which has made me feel prepared and excited to start my career as a Health Psychologist.

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Last updated: Monday, 14 Nov 2022