Master of Psychology (Health)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM087
CRICOS 061743M

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.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 3CM087
    Intake January
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Graduate Entry Applicants must have a four-year qualification in Psychology (including Honours) that meets the standards set out by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. All candidates are required to provide two referee reports, details of relevant work experience and details of any published works. Invitations to attend an interview will be extended based on a combination of academic performance and this additional information.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Please note that SATAC applications will close on Monday 22 October 2018. In addition, all applicants, on completion of the SATAC application MUST complete the additional information at: www.health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/mpsychadmission/appform.html, by no later than Friday 26 October 2018. Applicants will also need to provide referee reports via the HoDSPA system, the link to this is provided on the online submission form for additional information.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM087

    International applicants

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    Admissions information

    CRICOS 061743M
    Intake January
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Entry is available to graduates with an Australian Honours Psychology degree or equivalent comprising of a minimum of Second Class, Division A Honours and an individually-conducted research project carrying 33% or more of the years work. 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. Students who undertake Honours in Psychology at an accredited onshore Australian university do not need to have their qualifications assessed. 
    Additional Entry Requirements
    In addition, all applicants, on completion of the SATAC application MUST complete the additional information at: www.health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/mpsychadmission/appform.html, by no later than Friday 26 October 2018. Applicants will also need to provide referee reports via the HoDSPA system, the link to this is provided on the online submission form for additional information.

    Invitations to attend an interview will be extended based on a combination of academic performance and this additional information.

    Closing date for applications is 21 October 2018.

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,975

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,000

    Scholarships

    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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  • Careers

    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
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. 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

    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

    Assessment

    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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Last updated: Monday, 10 Dec 2018