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Master of Science (Research) Specialisation Psychology Research

Master of Science (Research) Specialisation Psychology Research (MSCR)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus
  • Ipswich
Duration
  • 1.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July

Overview

  • USQ’s Master of USQ’s Master of Science (Research) (Psychology Research) will give you the opportunity to undertake enhanced and intensive research training and professional psychology practices within the psychology research field.
  • As part of your studies, you will prepare a dissertation using research skills you have gained throughout your degree. There is a strong emphasis within this degree on professional training flexibility matched with research training.
  • The Master of Science (Research) (Psychology Research) can allow you to progress your psychology research career. As graduates of this degree, you could go on to further studies in your specialty psychology research area including USQ’s PhD.

Professional accreditation

Our Masters of Science (Research) (Psychology Research) is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as an accredited fourth-year program in psychology, and at the completion of the degree you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. However, there is a requirement to complete a further two years of supervised practice or an approved Masters program after initial registration.

Entry requirements 

  • Completed a program of study approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as constituting the first three years (or equivalent) of study in psychology within the last three years
  • Achieved a GPA of 5.0/7.0 or better in the psychology courses in an APAC accredited undergraduate program
  • Acceptance will be subject to the availability of, and endorsement by, a USQ supervisor.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 12 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
Research project 8
Total 12

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Note: The Psychology Research specialisation has compulsory attendance at the scheduled residential school at USQ Toowoomba or USQ Ipswich during the first year of the degree.

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Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 27840

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Grant to help you pay your fees

All Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens commencing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) degree will have their tuition fees paid by the Australian Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scheme. The RTP Fees Offset scheme covers program fees for an HDR student up to a maximum period of four years for full-time study or up to eight years part-time study for a Doctoral degree, and up to a maximum period of two years for full-time or four years part-time for a Masters by Research degree.

As part of the enrolment process, students are required to submit proof of citizenship or permanent residency status and transcripts of all previous academic study. This documentation enables the University of Southern Queensland to determine eligibility for an RTP Fees Offset place.

Students eligible for an RTP Fees Offset place are those who:

  • have not used RTP Fees Offset funding in the previous three years; or
  • have already used RTP Fees Offset funding and have successfully completed an HDR degree. Once a student completes an HDR degree, full entitlements of RTP Fees Offset are restored.

If a student's RTP Fees Offset entitlement expires before completion of the degree, the student will be required to pay full tuition fees, or if meeting the eligibility criteria be able to apply for a FEE-Help loan

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

For the Psychology Research specialisation, closing dates are earlier due to the compulsory residential schools that are held in non-teaching weeks:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Monday 4 January 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Friday 28 May 2021.

Further information

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