Psychology (Forensic) - Ph.D / Masters
This degree is designed to train a select group of postgraduate students to undertake high calibre research in areas relevant to the professional practice of psychology.
The combined Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Forensic) degree program has an emphasis on research training in forensic fields, and consists of three compulsory components: (1) a research project (PhD), and (2) a coursework component, and (3) a professional practice component. The research project should be original, and lead to a significant contribution to our knowledge of the nature of psychological processes, particularly in the field of forensic psychology.
The combined degree program requires a minimum of four full-time years to complete, and offers advanced training in research skills that are particularly relevant to forensic areas. 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 1.5 years of full-time equivalent supervised practice, graduates are eligible to apply for full membership and endorsement as a Forensic Psychologist.
Additional selection criteria:
The standard minimum admission requirements are: (1) completion of an accredited four-year Bachelor degree in psychology (with First Class Honours) from UNSW, or equivalent from another APAC-recognised university, and (2) the availability of adequate supervision and research infrastructure.
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.
As the number of places is limited, entry into the combined program is competitive. Selection 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.