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Masters of Science (Research) (Psychology Research)

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

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 12 units

  • 1.5 year/s or part-time equivalent

  • Ipswich

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Expand your knowledge and skills in psychology

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. Apart 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.

Your psychology research career starts here 

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.

Residential schools

Your degree will include residential schools if you choose to study online. Whilst coming on-campus for a residential school, you will further explore psychology research and theories.

Professional accreditation

The Master of Science (Research) Psychology Research major is accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council.

Other specialisations for the Master of Science (Research) include: Advanced Research and Applied Research.

Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also 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.

Please note the Psychology Research specialisation has compulsory attendance at the scheduled residential school in Toowoomba or Ipswich during the first year of the program.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
plus Research project 8
Total 12
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

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

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 27840

Grant to help you pay your fees

All Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens commencing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program 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 program, and up to a maximum period of two years for full-time or four years part-time for a Masters by Research program.
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.

If a student's RTP Fees Offset entitlement expires before completion of the program, the student will be required to pay full tuition fees.

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 program. Once a student completes an HDR program, full entitlements of RTP Fees Offset are restored.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

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. This program 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.

How to apply

Apply with USQ
For Australian and New Zealand students

Closing dates

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

  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Monday 6 January 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 29 May 2020.

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.