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 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.

Apply your skills to assist with physical, psychological and social health

Our Master of Psychology (Health) provides the knowledge and skills needed to practise as a registered psychologist.

Health psychologists specialise in understanding the relationships between psychological factors and health and illness, and practise in two main areas: health promotion and clinical health psychology. After graduation, students will have the skills to assist people with mental health and chronic physical health conditions.

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.

Note: 
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.


  • Ranked globally in top 150 for psychology*
  • 23% industry growth predicted by 2025^
  • Over 1000 hours of industry placements

*Imip.gov.au Occupation projection
^QS World University Ranking by Subject, 2022

Entry Requirements

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SATAC Code 3CM087
Deferment No
Intake January
Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants (including those with a PhD) MUST: - * have an Honours/4th year grade of 2A or above/equivalent GPA, * provide a copy of their Honours/4th year result in the form of an official transcript, or final results able to be officially verified by the University of Adelaide by the relevant date for the round in which they are applying, * provide Casper Situational Judgement Test results by the relevant date for the round in which they are applying, * attend an interview. In addition to the SATAC application, all applicants MUST be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a provisional psychologist. If you are unable to obtain provisional registration, then you will be unable to continue in the program. All applicants must also review the inherent requirement statements at health.adelaide.edu.au/study-with-us/inherent-requirements/psychology and consider whether they are able to meet these requirements. For detailed information please refer to the Master of Psychology Admission Guide.
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). 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. The ONLY exception to this is where applicants have completed their four-year sequence in Psychology more than 10 years ago but have completed a PhD in Psychology within the past 10 years. The selection process occurs over two rounds, September and December. Invitations to attend an interview will be extended based on a combination of academic performance and performance on the Casper Situational Judgment Test. All applicants must submit their Honours/4th year results in the form of an official transcript, or final results able to be officially verified by the University of Adelaide and Casper Situational Judgement Test results by the relevant date for the round in which they are applying. For the September round, that is close of business 25 August 2023, and for the December round that is close of business 8 November 2023. If you have not uploaded your finalised grades and Casper Situational Judgement Test result by this date, your application will not be considered further and you will not be eligible for an invitation to attend an interview. Ranking for offers after interviews is based on a combination of scores from these three components: - Honours/4th year grade (10%) - Casper Situational Judgement Test (40%) - Interview performance (50%) For detailed information please refer to the Master of Psychology Admission Guide.

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    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
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    All students 8 100.0%

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $5,100

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Scholarships

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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 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.

Professional recognition


This degree provides graduates with the tertiary-level education required to be eligible for general registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Graduates may also choose to undertake a supervised registrar program, where upon successful completion they can gain endorsement by the Psychology Board of Australia as a Health Psychologist.  

Potential careers

Graduates of this program have gone on to careers in:

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

Summer School PSYCHOL 7230 Evidence-based practice PSYCHOL 7231 Interviewing and Intervention
S1 PSYCHOL 7232 Psychological assessment PSYCHOL 7233 Abnormal Psychology PUB HLTH 7093 Promoting Health in Individuals and Populations
S2 PSYCHOL 7234 Health Psychology PSYCHOL 7241 Placement I PUB HLTH 7091 Public Health Evaluation and Economics

Year 2



S1 PSYCHOL 7240 Placement II PSYCHOL 7244 Research project I (6 units)
S2 PSYCHOL 7243 Placement III (6 units) PSYCHOL 7245 Research
Project II (9 units)

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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Testimonial

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: Tuesday, 10 Oct 2023