Psychology (Forensic) - Masters Degree (Coursework)
This program provides graduate training for psychologists who intend to pursue employment within a setting associated with the legal system.
The legal system includes the police, courts, prisons, probation and parole, guardianship, child protection, statutory review tribunals (e.g. mental health), worker compensation, licensing of special programs and community services, public policy and legislative review.
Graduates are trained in the assessment of people with a range of psychological disorders, disabilities and/or special needs, are equipped with advanced interviewing and counselling skills for dealing with such clients, and become familiar with statutory and common law provisions and procedures and government policies and programs relevant to different forensic settings.
The program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as the fifth and sixth years of study leading to full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). Graduates of the program are eligible for Associate Membership of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists. After completing a further two years of full-time equivalent supervised practice, graduates of the program are eligible to apply for full membership and endorsement as a Forensic Psychologist.
Admissions selection criteria:
Completion of an accredited four-year Bachelor degree in psychology (with First Class or Upper Second Class Honours) from UNSW, or equivalent from another APAC-recognised university. Psychology qualifications obtained outside of Australia must contain a significant research thesis component, and must be assessed as the equivalent of an Australian four-year sequence in psychology (including Honours) by the APS.
Admission is based on academic merit, two referee reports, and performance at a half-day Assessment Centre. The Assessment Centre is run at UNSW in late November/early December and in-person attendance is mandatory.
- Masters Degree (Coursework)