School of Psychology

Postgraduate Applications 2014

Applications for postgraduate programs starting 2014 will open mid-September and will close 31st October 2013.

Entry to the coursework and combined programs is at the beginning of the academic year. Entry to the Master by Research and Doctor of Philosophy programs is throughout the year.

Entrance Requirements

Entry into all postgraduate psychology programs at UWA is extremely competitive.  Applicants must hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2A class Honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology from an approved University.  Current honours students who expect to qualify before the beginning of the next academic year are encouraged to apply.  For entry into a postgraduate coursework degree (e.g. MPsych or combined MPsych/PhD) the Australian Psychology Accrediting Council requires the following:

"Students accepted into a fifth and sixth year Masters course must have successfully completed a four year, or three year plus a fourth year, APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, within the last 10 years, with an upper second class Honours (2A) or equivalent overall mark, and be eligible for registration with the Psychologist Registration Board (currently Psychology Board of Australia) as a conditional/provisional psychologist.  An exception to this Standard may be made for currently registered psychologists who can demonstrate current compliance with Registration Board CPD requirements seeking to gain a professional postgraduate qualification."

Candidates for the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), Master of Science (by research), and combined Master/PhD programs must secure potential supervisors before submitting their application.

To be eligible for admission to a postgraduate program, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language. Do not assume you have met UWA's English Language Competence (ELC) requirements by having undertaken degree studies elsewhere. 

If you are unsure about your qualifications, contact either the Admissions Centre  or the International Centre for advice.



UWA Postgraduate Research Scholarships are tenable at the University for up to two years for Master by research candidates and three years for PhD candidates. PhD scholarships may be extended to three and a half years. These scholarships are not available for coursework programs.

If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please go to

How to Apply

As well as the University of Western Australia application requirements outlined below, coursework and Master/PhD programs applicants must provide the following information with their applications:

  1. Brief personal statement outlining the reasons for applying for the program(s) - maximum of one page.
  2. Curriculum Vitae summarising any occupational or practical experience of relevance to the program(s).
  3. Names and contact details (telephone numbers and email addresses) of two referees. Applicants must make sure those details are correct, clearly written on the form and that the referees have been informed of their nomination. The School of Psychology will contact the referees shortly after we receive the applications.

Please, address any application queries to or phone (+61) 8 6488 3247.

Research only programs*: Doctor of Philosophy (00810) and Master of Science (by research) (50710)

Combined programs*:


Coursework only programs: Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (53580)

*Please note that candidates for the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), Master of Science (by research), and combined Master/PhD programs must secure potential supervisors before submitting their application.